MIKEL ARTETA fielded the youngest XIs in the Premier League NINE times out of the ten games played, with his Arsenal’s average age coming in at 24.1-years-old at its lowest.
The Gunners fielded their youngest two sides of their league campaign in their opening two fixtures.
Academy product Folarin Balogun, 20, started the opening game with the Gunners short up front at that moment in time.
But a poor performance saw him be swapped out for fellow 20-year-old Gabriel Martinelli against the Blues.
The only other team to field a younger side than the Gunners was Southampton in matchweek nine.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team’s average age in the 2-2 draw at home to Burnley came in at 24.9.
Summer arrivals from Chelsea Tino Livramento, 18, and Armando Broja, 20, helped keep it on the low side.
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The Gunners haven’t been beaten since matchweek three when they were comfortably beat by defending champions Manchester City.
Summer signing Aaron Ramsdale, 23, has played a key role in Arsenal’s good form in recent weeks.
And Arteta thinks the money was well spent on the young goalkeeper.
Arteta said: “We invest money in talent and people we believe can be great for the future of the club.
“We made that decision based on that and Aaron has had some really encouraging performances, and today he had some incredible saves to maintain the clean sheet and he needs to continue to do that.
“In football you have to play 50 games for 20 years, and this is only the start.”
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