AARON Ramsey feels Arsenal's young midfield can only grow stronger.
The Wales captain may not turn 21 until St Stephen's Day, but he will be in the thick of the action again on Sunday when the Gunners head to Premier League leaders Manchester City.
England 19-year-old Jack Wilshere is expected to return from an ankle problem in early 2012, giving manager Arsene Wenger more youth to call upon with the likes of Emmanuel Frimpong and Francis Coquelin both also impressing this season.
Ramsey feels such talent can only be positive for the club's long-term future.
"There's plenty of young talent there and we have to bond even more and gel as a team throughout the years. Hopefully we'll make it successful for many years," Ramsey said.
"It's important that you have that core, that you've been together for a few years and you understand each other. It'll only make us stronger."
The Gunners head to City following a seventh win in eight league games.
However, it needed another moment of genius from captain Robin van Persie to beat Everton and midfielder Mikel Arteta feels the whole squad need to help lift the burden on their captain.
"Sometimes we get space to move into when the forward players have attracted defenders to them, and we need to stay aware of that," he said.