Arsene Wenger has revealed that he will continue with the process of blending experience with youth in spite of the Gunners having the financial mobility to invest in top players at the peak of their careers.
The Frenchman has removed the shackles of yesteryears when he had to sell the likes of Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas to balance the books and he can now invest in the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, who can give his side a new dimension.
Sanchez has scored 20 goals in his debut season with the Gunners and will only get better as he acclimatises with the rigours of the Premier League.
Wenger was previously criticised for putting budding stars into the deep end before they were ready, which would act to the detriment of the Gunners. An example cited was that of Francis Coquelin, who made his debut in Arsenal's 8-2 loss at Old Trafford, alongside Carl Jenkinson, with the Gunners reeling under a series of injuries and suspensions.
However, the situation is different now with the Gunners having a plethora of players with a healthy fight ensuing for a starting spot. Theo Walcott, who was an indispensable part of the team, finds himself on the bench with no signs of first team football on the horizon.
The manager also talked about Calum Chambers, 19, who made his way to the Emirates from Southampton last summer but has been usurped by hector Bellerin, who is also learning his trade with the Gunners.
"We signed players like Sanchez and Ozil, 25 and 26, and that is a good age to perform now," he told Arsenal's official website.
"We have as well players like Bellerin and Chambers who are 20. So we have both. The financial potential should allow you to combine both.
"Look, what's important is that we give a chance to the young players. We want to maintain that.
"For years you could say to me: "you have no choice you have to play them" - but we want to maintain that. It's part of the DNA of the club to give a chance to young players.
"When all your main players get close to 30, you can't buy a 30 year old player. You have to buy a player who is 22 or 23, because if you buy another player of 30 they all [finish their careers] together," he concluded.