Arsene Wenger insists his struggling Arsenal side will become the best in England within the next few seasons.
The Frenchman believes he has his very own "golden generation" at the Emirates Stadium - such as that which came through the ranks at Manchester United in the mid-1990s and went on to dominate the English game for several years.
Wenger's young team have struggled to live up to the Gunners' high expectations this season, and face Roma in the Champions League tonight knowing they may need to win the competition in order to qualify for next season's version.
Star striker Robin van Persie has already hinted at his unhappiness with the way things have gone this term.
But the Arsenal boss has told his players and supporters to keep the faith in a squad he is adamant can become the best in the Barclays Premier League.
"I believe that no matter what happens it is important to keep this team together. This team is as good as anything in England," Wenger said.
"At the start of the season, we played with (Theo) Walcott, (Abou) Diaby, (Cesc) Fabregas, (Samir) Nasri and Denilson and the oldest one was 21.
"When they will all be 23 or 24 they will comfortably beat all the other teams, believe me."
He added: "We have to keep them together no matter what happens and that is where the danger is in the modern game.
"What we achieve in the rest of this season and the trophies we win is important in keeping players like Cesc and Van Persie."Reuse content