Aston Villa winger Ashley Young believes his boyhood heroes Arsenal have the right blend of youth and experience to challenge for the Barclays Premier League title this season.

Young, who will be part of the Villa side in action at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, is confident Arsenal will sustain a title bid.

Young said: "Arsenal have a great squad. If you look at the table it's no surprise they're up there challenging for the league crown again because they've got world-class players all over the pitch."

He added: "Arsene Wenger seems to buy some absolute gems. Emmanuel Adebayor, Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas in particular have tremendous quality and flair.

"But, if you look at the squad, they've got a great mix of youth and experience.

"Their defence is particularly solid, with young lads in Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna and the experienced captain William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre forming the backbone.

"They are a tremendous side. They pass and move magnificently and they've got flair throughout the side. They've got everything."

Young's idol when growing up was striker Ian Wright who was Arsenal's record goalscorer before being overtaken by Thierry Henry.

He said: "I supported Arsenal simply because my older brother supported the Gunners. It seemed like the sensible thing to do.

"My hero back then was Ian Wright. I was a striker as a kid and followed him because he was amazing - such an idol to look up to. If you look at his goalscoring record, that tells the story. He was amazing."

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