Silvestre feeling young at Heart

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Mikael Silvestre feels he has rediscovered his youth since his surprise move from Manchester United to Arsenal.

The former France defender quit United after nine successful years at Old Trafford to join the Gunners for an undisclosed fee last August.

And the 31-year-old admits hanging around with Arsene Wenger's youngsters is starting to rub off on him, saying: "In playing terms, they are replicas of each other as they put the onus on going forward but after that, they have two different principles."

He added: "At United, the squad is built in little stages but always around their pillars, (Paul) Scholes, (Ryan) Giggs and (Gary) Neville. They are the club's identity, their points of reference on the pitch and in the changing room.

"At Arsenal, it functions more by generations. There has been that of (Patrick) Vieira, (Robert) Pires, (Thierry) Henry. Now it is that of (Cesc) Fabregas, (Theo) Walcott, (Alex) Song, (Aaron) Ramsey.

"We give responsibility to these youngsters very early and we let them grow together. At Arsenal, youth isn't just an excuse.

"In the changing room, it is simple - to my left is (Jack) Wilshere, who is 16, and to my right is Ramsey, who is 18. We talk about things like the latest video games. It's good - I feel young again."

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