Arsene Wenger has stated that Arsenal cannot rely on only young talents like Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi and Spain's Hector Bellerin to claim major titles.
Iwobi, 20, was a revelation for Arsenal last season after he broke into the first team and scored two goals and he has become a Nigeria regular too, while Bellerin, 21, was promoted into the first team last two seasons and has become a regular for the Gunners ever since.
Unlike in past seasons, the current crop of players at Arsenal is a mix of older heads coupled with youth, and Wenger told arsenal.com it is important to have this balance in order to achieve success.
"To be a real football player, you need to be 23 years old because you have learned your job, you can have a great game and after, sometimes an average game," Wenger said.
"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.
"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."