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Brooking Praises English Arsenal

Brooking Praises English Arsenal

Trevor Brooking believes that some of the best English talent is coming through the ranks at Arsenal according to Arsene Wenger.

Wenger has been constantly berated for allegedly soiling our national game by bringing in a whole host of 'dirty foreigners', despite it being obvious to anyone with half a brain that Le Boss has been trying to fix the problems with the academies whilst at the same time taking the Gunners to the pinnacle of English football. Something that the director of football development, Trevor Brooking, appreciates.

He said: 'I spoke with Trevor Brooking this morning and he agrees that some of the best young English players are coming through at Arsenal.

'There are some boys in our Under-17 team who will soon have the technical quality to compete at the level of our senior team. But we need to be patient with them. I do not believe England don't have the players to compete with the rest of the world and I don't see why England could not play the Arsenal way.'

'It was a real shock to me that we could not get the point we needed on Wednesday. I say 'we' because I am an England supporter, too. After 11 years here, of course I am. I love the passion for football here.'

'Unfortunately, apparently I am to blame because I don't produce enough English players!'

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Date:Monday November 26 2007
Time: 10:00AM


The difference in the quality of coaching at England Youth level and at Arsenal has been mentioned here before. The quote below is taken from Saturday's Wigan matchday programme and was made by Arsenals England Youth defender Thomas Cruise. It bears repeating in this context: "The type of training we do with Arsenal is very technical compared to that with England. With England there is more of an emphasis on game situations and getting us used to the role we are asked to play, whereas at Arsenal they are concentrating on our overall game, especially our technical ability. I think if every Academy tried to develop their players the way Arsenal do then I think it would go a long way to improving things for the national team in the future."
26/11/2007 10:11:00
I think most PL teams are slowly waking up to the importance of having a good academy, unfortunately the FA is still living in the dark ages. I'm please that we have over the last couple of years have completely changed our youth set up, but it will be 4/5yrs before we see any benefit. Clubs have to realise that they will not be able to keep paying the huge transfer fees being asked for players, unless you’re Chelski or Manure youth is the way forward. Plus I believe their is a greater affinity between fans and a player that has come through the youth system
26/11/2007 10:19:00
Those quotes from Thomas Cruise are great - Top gun!!! ;)
26/11/2007 10:23:00
In 5 years i think the English team will have a lot more Arsenal players in it, so the media can shut up.
26/11/2007 10:56:00
I'll hold my breath in excited anticipation at seeing Arsenal players falling out of strip clubs at 3 o'clock in the morning. Joy of joys. Back to the good old days.
26/11/2007 11:16:00
Now that Billy Davies is available, Barwick should do all in his power to appoint him as England's next manager.
26/11/2007 12:03:00
Only one man for the job in my opinion, it has to be Martin Jol
26/11/2007 12:07:00
I take it that you are Scottish then Topspur?! lol
26/11/2007 12:13:00
barwick needs to stand down, thats the only way england can move forward, start from the top and work down. re-shuffle the F.A and get somebody in with ballz! and an idea of exactly what needs doin.barwick shouldve been given the same treatment as McClown got. THE BOOT
26/11/2007 13:15:00
I think Trevor Brooking himself should be given Barwicks job, he knows what needs to be done, and it isn't spunking all available cash on a s*****y new stadium.
26/11/2007 13:23:00
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