Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes his young players are on the verge of fulfilling their potential - and he is confident of keeping them together when they do so.
The Gunners are unbeaten in 18 Barclays Premier League matches and will be in the semi-finals of the Champions League if they hold onto their away-goal advantage from the first leg of their clash against Villarreal on Wednesday night.
"We have worked very hard with these players to get them into the shape of a great team and I believe that has given them the taste to stay together," he said.
"When we go for young players it is also to get them to love the club, to love to be together and to love to achieve together."
Wenger feels achieving something together as a young team would mean more to a player at Arsenal than success at another club.
"A team sport is about achieving something together in a positive human atmosphere," he said. "When you educate players it is to give them the taste of what football can give you in your life.
"Yes, it is a good living but it is not only that - you can get a good living anywhere. What you cannot get anywhere is the feeling of that human experience a team sport can give you.
"I know it is difficult to understand nowadays but the needs of human beings are exactly the same as 50 years ago. The experiences that you had when you were a child or in a team will remain with you for the rest of your life. When players have grown as a team together it is something special."
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