The Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas reckons it will not be long before he has to fight for a place in the midlle of the field with upcoming gunners so hot.
And he admits he will have to raise his game in the wake of sensational midfield displays by Jack Wilshere, 16, Aaron Ramsey, 17, and Fran Merida 18.
“I cannot go to sleep as one day or other they will want to play more and more and the manager will want them to play more.
“I will have to be better and better. Wilshere, Ramsey, Merida — they all play in my position. This is great for me. I love competition.
“If the players are so young you can feel your place is too secure.
“So it’s fantastic to have competition — to wake you up and make you a better player.”
Fabregas thinks this vindicates the manager for not bowing to pressure to buy during the summer.
“I was really excited on Tuesday — it was sensational. You can see all the players have ambition, they want to show how good they are.
“It’s not easy in front of 56,000 people when they are playing regular reserve games.
“The manager is the best at giving youngsters a chance. No one comes near to him for that. He’s not scared to play everyone.
“He doesn’t care how old they are. It’s amazing. It’s why we have so many good young players. It’s the club’s policy.
“The loyalty is there when you see that the manager trusts you since you were 15, 16.
“When you see all the teams buying big stars, who knows where the stars of the future are going to come from.
“Maybe they don’t all make it at Arsenal but another team will see them play and they get another chance straight away in the Premier League instead of going to the Second Division.”
Fabregas further aclaim that for bringing up young players, no one can compare with Arsene Wenger. He himself being a product and beneficiary of such policy that saw him replace Patrick Viera at a very tender age with all the responsibilities that follows.
“Great managers like him and Alex Ferguson are special.
“But for what he does with young players, no one compares with Wenger.
“He never shows nerves before a game, he doesn’t put us under any pressure.
“Even if you’re 14 or 15 he always looks relaxed to you and instils confidence in you.”
On not winning a trophy for about four seasons. This is what he had to say.
“People can say ‘They will never win’ but it’s not in my mind. I’ll never think we won’t win anything.
“But sometimes when you feel so good during the game and play the game you enjoy so much, even if you haven’t won anything in the last three seasons, I have felt so good, so free. I enjoy it so much.
“Of course you want to win but when you have this recompense inside that you are playing so well maybe it’s much better than to be in another team that wins trophies but you don’t enjoy it so much.”