Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, both of Arsenal, were inspired by three former players.
Three previous Arsenal legends are said to have inspired three young Gunners, according to a former Gunner.
Arsenal’s season has taken a complete 180-degree swing after their worst-ever start to a Premier League season, and youngster Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe are mainly to blame. The academy grads are ready to usher in a new era at the Emirates, and a former Gunner believes three former players inspired them.
Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe, two young Arsenal prospects who have recently shone for the Gunners, are expected to lead Mikel Arteta’s side into a new era at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal’s breakthrough game against Tottenham in the north London derby saw both players score, as the teenagers fired Arteta’s team into life and helped them turn around their worst-ever Premier League start.
Per Mertesacker, a former Arsenal player, is now the club’s academy director, and the German believes Saka and Smith-Rowe are crucial to the Gunners’ progression as they seek to return to Europe and contend for the Premier League once more.
Mertesacker believes that the young English duo is talented enough to inspire a new generation of young talent at Arsenal, but he also believes that they were both inspired while they were at the academy.
JUST IN: The academy director spoke exclusively to The Mirror about how he believes the academy is a fantastic place for inspiration, with successful players serving as role models for the academy’s younger prospects.
“At Arsenal, it’s always been a storyline to give young guys an opportunity to play at the top,” Mertesacker told The Mirror. Bukayo and Emile have been asked to take us back to the Champions League.
“They will gladly accept it, but we must keep in mind the context. It’s been there since the beginning.
“If you ask Bukayo and Emile, they will tell you about how Jack Wilshere, Fabregas, and Bellerin influenced them. As a result, the academy’s next generation of Under 9 players will be motivated by these players.
“They will, however, talk about the rocky path, their learning, and their difficult voyage. The truth is that these two are outliers.
“The academy team has always gone above and beyond in delivering players who can make a difference. “Brinkwire Summary News “..