“Mikel Arteta has finally found the right formula”

Former Arsenal star Robert Pires has named four players who ‘represent the future’ of his former club.

Pires, part of the Gunners’ invincibles, has hailed the quartet of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli and Aaron Rasmdale as the future of the club.

The World Cup-winning Frenchman has insisted that he is impressed with the ‘quality’ of Saka but is ‘not surprised’ by his development.

The 48-year-old also admitted that the ‘intelligent’ prodigy has been in touch with him from time to time and asks for his advice.

Speaking in an interview with FourFourTwo, Pires said, as quoted by The Sport Review: “We’ve all seen his quality. I’m not surprised by his career.”

“I’m in contact with him and we chat from time to time. He asks me for advice, and he’s a very intelligent boy.”

Pires has hailed the quartet of Saka, Smith Rowe, Martinelli and Ramsdale as the ‘future of Arsenal’.

He has also credited Mikel Arteta for finding ‘the right formula’ to blend youth with experience.

The Frenchman added: “Saka, [Emile] Smith Rowe, [Gabriel] Martinelli… they’re all important players I really like. It’s the same with Aaron Ramsdale.”

“Together, they represent the future of Arsenal and must grow alongside more experienced players like [Granit] Xhaka, Gabriel or [Thomas] Partey.”

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