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Arsenal - The 'E' Factor

Arsenal - The 'E' Factor

There has been complaint from many people in football in recent times about the lack of English players in the Arsenal first team. It started out amongst rival fans calling us 'the foreign legion' and 'a French team' but these xenophobic views soon spread to other areas of football with people such as Alan Pardew and Trevor Brooking expressing their dislikes about the Arsenal team.

At first it infuriated me that such xenophobic views should be expressed in public but I soon got bored of them along with many other Gooners.

So, why are we REALLY targeted? Is it really because there are few Englishmen in our squad? No, it`s because of the success that having these foreign players has brought to our club. How often do people target Bolton for the number of foreign players they have in their ranks?? Never, that`s how often!

Why do teams such as Arsenal dip into the European market more often than the domestic league? There are a few, simple reasons.

1) There are very few technical English players around and, as I'm sure you`re all aware, Arsenal's style of play is amongst the most technical in Europe.

2) MONEY- The transfer fees demanded for English players is extortionate. A prime example is Carrick to Manchester United for £18.6million, compare to a mere £7million for Tomas Rosicky. Shaun Wright Phillips- £21million or Hleb for £9! I could go on.

3) Wages. English players are less interested in football and more interested in
money these days. Look at the likes of Ashley Cole and Rio Ferdinand who demand wages between £80,000- £120,000 when players like Kolo Toure and Manu Eboue are on £5,000- £10,000 a week!

How do we address this issue? Arsenal have just invested a large sum of money in a new youth training centre which concentrates on technical ability. It will however, take much more than that, the FA and other clubs need to invest more in youth.

The fact of the matter is that if you took all, or even half of the foreign players out of the EPL it wouldn`t even be in the top 7 or 8 leagues in Europe.

Article submitted by Simmy8_2000.

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Date:Monday November 6 2006
Time: 5:59PM


I totally agree, is so stupid when idiotic people like Manchester United supporters etc have a go at us on this, just wish I could remember this exact reply. We are a good club and do not base ourselves on passports.
06/11/2006 18:32:00
its just jealousy. thats why the media and other clubs target us for so much abuse. if we played boring football and were 15th every season no one would give a damn. its because Arsene is widely seen as the best manager that people have to have something to beat him with.
06/11/2006 19:44:00
I agree about the wages, and also the money costs. However I think you are wrong in talking about the technical inabilities of English players. There are a number of talented youngsters with great ability who for whatever reason have not been pursued by Arsenal. I think it is completely acceptable that Arsenal look overseas to replenish their ranks but this shouldn't be justified by saying English players aren't good enough ... I imagine a number of 16-21yrs old English guys would do well at Arsenal. I personally criticise Arsenal for their non English selection when they play players like Alumina, Cygan etc etc. There are young English goalkeepers better than Alumina, defenders better than Cygan was etc and that is when it gets ridiculous. It is good to see Hoyte having a run in the team and proving that English players if given the opportunity can hold their own.
06/11/2006 19:48:00
Who are these young English players? will they be willing to learn from the bench unlike the likes of Bentley and Upson? I dont believe English players have previously been trained correctly at grass root level, the next crop will be far better having had a better education and thats when they will make it at Arsenal. An example would be A discussion I saw on the spurs Vital site regarding Lennon playing on the left, we used to have Marc Overmars who was right footed and just as quick as Lennon and he played on either flank no problems because of the eduacation he was given at Ajax, its a problem English football is only now addressing but I dont think we should take the blame and responsiblity for the nations football education mistakes.
06/11/2006 20:16:00
great article man and i tottaly gree with u
06/11/2006 20:25:00
you don't learn sitting on your arse watching the likes of Cygan !!!
06/11/2006 21:47:00
Maybe not talent wise SH, but the english players could learn a thing or two about attitude from Zinedine Cygan.
06/11/2006 22:03:00
Yeah a very good post, and I agree 100%, if there was good English talent, which is cheap enough, Wenger would buy them, but at the moment its hard to come by.
Super Cesc
06/11/2006 22:26:00
Curtis Davis would have cost more than amount as Eboue, Senderos, Clichy, Djourou, Toure and Lehamann combined! you could even throw in a cesc and have change!
06/11/2006 22:44:00
Wiltord cost more than Dawson,Robinson,Lennon,Huddlestone and Carrick combined. you could even throw in king and still have change! Seek and ye shall find.
07/11/2006 00:28:00
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