Date: 13th October 2016 at 1:34am
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Manager Arsene Wenger has been discussing what he feels is the perfect age range for the core make up of a successful side.

Having discussed already this season how he feels this is the most mature Arsenal side he’s had at his disposal in the last 20 years, with a much better balance in all areas of the pitch and our depth, as the international break winds to a close, Wenger was again praising the mix of youth and experience within the team and for him, players aged 23 and above were key.

Speaking to the Official Site the gaffer explained.

‘To be a real football player, you need to be 23 years old because before you have learned your job, you can have a great game and after, sometimes an average game. You can have one or two exceptional talents, like at the moment we have Hector Bellerin and Iwobi, but the core of the team has to be from 23 to 30.’

Wenger went on to say that for international levels, this was even more important in many ways because success largely stems from mental strength at key points in matches, and experience and consistency is obviously a key part of that as well.

‘If you look at the national teams, you never win a tournament with a young team, because it`s more mental at some stage to win something big. You need to have a certain level of experience.’

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