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Wenger Puts English Plan Into Action

Arsene Wenger insists he wants to start buying English football players in a bid to revive the England national football team.

The Arsenal gaffer is currently seeking the signature of 15 year old English'man' Luke Freeman, a striker from lower league Gillingham, who despite his very young age, has already made appearances for the first team.

Quotes from cover Wenger's confirmation of his intentions to sign the young man and his intentions to buy British.

"I want to buy English,"

"I met the boy and I like him. He has personality and he looks alert. He`s a striker and to play in a first team at 15 years of age is something special.'

"We were quite well on the case and we are very positive that we will find an agreement with the club without going to compensation. We will pay them a transfer."

"Overall from 14 to 20 it is the best group we have had, we play a youth cup game against Burnley (Editor note:Arsenal won the game 5-1 with all five goals being scored by English players) and we have a very good side. They are all at a good level now.'

"Also we have two Under-14s players I watched play and technically they have nothing to learn.'

"Will they be professional footballers at Arsenal? I don`t know. The more you go down [in ages] the greater the margin of error. Sometimes you see a player at 13 and you think 'absolutely amazing` then two years later he has disappeared.'

"But our target is to produce good players and I believe we are on the right road with the way we want to work throughout the Club.'

"I know how much the English national team means here to people. To contribute to that would be a big pride as well. At the moment it is not my first responsibility.'

"But I have been accused of only buying foreign players and I would like to contribute to the quality of English football."

At first glance it would appear that Wenger has finally succumbed to the peer pressure and has seen the error of his ways, but make no bones about it, Wenger is currently on course with his long term plan and his latest quotes are merely a lesson in PR genius.

When Wenger first arrived in this country the state of the academies and youth systems were a shambles. The Frenchman duly went about rectifying this annomoly at the Arsenal and the Gunners now have the finest youth set up in Europe.

The Arsenal gaffer has always been vocal of his beliefs that the passport doesn't matter, but I also believe that it has always been Wenger's intentions to bring as many players from the country of the leagues origin as possible out of a true respect for the game.

However, and this is the part that anybody outside of our club has a real problem understanding, Wenger was not willing to compromise Arsenal's ability to challenge for major honours in exchange for a few complimentary back slaps from some blinkered patriots.

But now Wenger's long term plan is beginning to bear fruit, the grey-haired genius is letting everybody who has chastised him in the past believe they have somehow helped change his view point with regards to English football, when the visionary himself always had the country's best interest at heart, it was just he was the only person with the intelligence to know how to rectify it's mistakes.

The fact that Le Boss has managed to achieve this whilst remaining faithful to the club that pays him AND won a sh*t load of trophies in the process truly proves that Wenger is the greatest manager ever to walk the face of the Earth.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 12 2008

Time: 10:17AM

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Its weird that I'm actually more interested in what youngsters are coming through rather than what signings we can make. We have so many superb youngsters that we genuinely have to give them a chance before we go out spending cash. The only area that doesn't seem to have such an array of talent is the CB position. There are a couple of players (Nordtveit & Bartley) who are supposedly superb, but clearly they aren't quite ready yet.
Ashburton Gooner
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12/01/2008 10:38:00

I agree with you there AG, the Carling Cup, for me has become a massive source of interest, wondering which kids are we gunna get a peak at this season.
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12/01/2008 10:42:00

BTW AG, are you a subscriber to Setanta Sports? The 14th of Janurary see's the launch of Arsenal TV, and with that comes live reserve and hopefully youth football!!! My wife will never get to watch the soaps again!!!
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12/01/2008 10:43:00

Good article. So in other words, Wenger has done something properly. I know that's a wacky concept in England, where the infrastructure of any given organisation is a hang over from the Victorian era, but people outside the club have always misunderstood the master plan and difficulty of winning trophies whilst educating English players to the standard of Europe's finest, and not being able to go out and spend £18-£30m on the likes of Ferdinand, Rooney, Carick, SWP, Bent and so on whether they are average or class. In the 10 years Wenger has been here, which Premier League team has been able to produce their own generation of world class English players so that they don't have to go out and spend over the odds for the privelage of buying English. In fact you could say that Man Utd and more recently Chelsea have been able to monopolise the English market due to their financial clout, which means that if any other teams want to challenge for silverware, then they must find a different way of competing. That's exactly what Wenger did, he found a different way whilst behind the scenes he developed his own English talent, and for this he gets crucified by morons with tabloid media inspired lazy observations.
Professor Calculus
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12/01/2008 10:49:00

Yep totally agree with you AG. Take the current scenario with Diarra, in the past I would have been worried about Wenger having to go out and quickly sign a replacement, now I feel that one of our youngsters can take his chance, okay that youngster may not be an instant revelation, but at the very least we now have young players that are technically capable and are comfortable with the ball, in other words we have young players who can play football, so no matter what happens in regards to transfers, we will be alright.
Professor Calculus
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12/01/2008 10:58:00

R7- Yeah I have reluctantly taking on the Setanta subscription. I'll be watching on launch night. I used to go over to Barnet every home game I could, but due to moving house & getting a 6 month contract in America I haven't seen the kids for a long time, so the channel will hopefully allow me to catch up. You should get your wife sky multi room, I never have to see her now!! lol
Ashburton Gooner
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12/01/2008 11:02:00

I mean my wife, not yours obviously!!
Ashburton Gooner
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12/01/2008 11:03:00

Lol. I get the XL package on Virgin so I get the whole Setanta package for free as part of the Virgin vs Sky wars, though even if I didn't I'd have probably signed up for it. Obviously coming from up North going to watch the reserves is not an option, it's expensive enough going to watch the first team so I'm really looking forward to getting to watch these kids mature. Kirean Gibbs & Henri Lansbury in particular have my attention from what I've seen from the highlights package....and both English, who woulda thunk it.
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12/01/2008 11:09:00

Arsenal TV will not be launching on Virgin Media due to network capacity issues. Only on Sky for now.
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12/01/2008 11:16:00

Excuse me??? You're kidding right???
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12/01/2008 11:18:00

I am immensely proud of the way we build our side - without the razzmatazz of massive signings, Wenger's signings are for sensible money, and the young players we pluck, well, Arsene has said it himself, he likes to get them at a young age to integrate them into the Arsenal philosophy. Witness the Carling cup, which I have long said has been invigorated much these past two and a half seasons by Arsenal's next generation blazing a trail to the latter stages of the competition. All Gooners surely take immense pleasure from seeing these young up-and-coming stars forge a name for themselves against full-strength teams, and the pride garnered from beating the aforementioned sides is great. To begin to see it become the case would elevate that pride to a new level. All those naysayers who slate Arsenal for doing nothign for England are short-term thinkers, compared to Arsene, whose long-term vision will bring with it long-term benefits for the whole of English football.
»»Arsene Knows««
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12/01/2008 11:18:00

God damn it it's true. I'm sick of this half arsed network :(
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12/01/2008 11:22:00

Wenger still won't get any credit, even if England win the world cup or european championship in the future with half a team of arsenal's youngsters. They will find some other stick to beat him with!!..................R7- That must really p*** you off about the non launch night, although I bet your wife will be happy. She can watch her soaps in peace now!!
Ashburton Gooner
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12/01/2008 11:29:00

Rest assured I'll be buggering off to my brother-in-laws house to watch it. He may be a scouser but damn it, I'm not missing this. Grrrr.
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12/01/2008 11:32:00

Rocky, when you say 'half arsed network', I presume you mean Virgin, and not Vital, which is the mutts! :)
»»Arsene Knows««
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12/01/2008 11:35:00

Yeah I thought about that just now when I read it again!! Lol. Nothing wrong with this network....I bet VF'd be able to bring me the launch day if they were in the tv business!!!
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12/01/2008 11:37:00

I came to know of it a few days ago from a different source but it's on the Arsenal site now too.! "Unfortunately Arsenal TV will NOT be available on Virgin Media at launch."
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12/01/2008 11:39:00

"Due to issues with Virgin Media's channel capacity Arsenal TV will not be available on Virgin Media at launch... Arsenal would like to apologise on behalf of Virgin for this delay and re-assure all supporters that we are working with Virgin and Setanta to resolve this issue as soon as possible. Arsenal TV will be available to Virgin customers in the future and the date will be publicised widely as soon as it is confirmed."
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12/01/2008 11:40:00

Thanks for the info there saisho - dissapointing but at least I'll get it eventually :(
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12/01/2008 11:56:00

Nice work Rocky and good points Prof. I'm surprised to hear Arsene so openly deal with some of the criticism and it only serves to show the type of person we have in charge... From the time Wenger has been here he bought players always from the point of view of what we could afford and nationality was not a topic - and that's whats helped get us this far with our finances and stability. Now if we can help bring on local players (despite the FAs best efforts to feck it all up) so much the better! Long live Arsene!
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12/01/2008 12:21:00

This investment in English youth has obviously always been there, but the last few years have been pretty lean in genuine breakthrough English talent. The way its being made to look now is as if Wenger is relenting to the braying, bullying media and finally looking to field English players, when just as many are coming through and just as many will be shipped on if they fail to make his ideal of an Arsenal player. It's just clever media manipulation by Arsene, keeping the insular St George waving chimps on side whilst it's business as usual digging up the finest in worldwide talent irrespective of petty, meaningless boundaries.
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12/01/2008 12:22:00

I'm in the same boat as Rocky with the Virgin Media. I was really looking forward to watching a few extra Arsenal matches every week too. Gutted!
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12/01/2008 13:26:00

Were they going to be showing live games? I know they'd probably show the games a few days or a week or so later but live? the manure/l'poo channels don't show live games either do they?, I did'nt think the club channels had the financial muscle to show their own clubs' games and compete with sky et al. But yeah Virgin is dreck, you're a cock Branson!
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12/01/2008 13:35:00

Nooo, forget the English players Wenger! Just continue what you were doing and don't crack to the media. :(
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12/01/2008 13:53:00

They show the reserve games live. The delayed coverage is only for premier league matches.
Ashburton Gooner
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12/01/2008 14:04:00

Niko - it's the live reserve and youth games we were talking about, I was looking forward to those almost as much as I look forward to watch the 1st team :(
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12/01/2008 14:05:00

R7- Must say Virgin Media has a big advantage for me over sky at present. You can buy a card for £120 quid & it decodes all their channels even when they update the coding. So far I haven't found one for sky!!
Ashburton Gooner
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12/01/2008 14:32:00

Well said Prof. on!
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12/01/2008 15:31:00

on topic...i dont care wheter you have 11 foreigners in your team - just so long as you play football that is worth watching! in fact, i would rather you played 11 foreigners than have a couple of english players in there, but loose the league - as i am a lot more intrested in watching football, than caring about wheter or not there are enough english players in the league! there are enough, and i pay to watch good football - not pub football. but having said that, it doesnt mean you should give preferential treatment to forigners - everyone should have the same oportunities, and the best players should play!
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12/01/2008 17:59:00

Theres a few english youth being often mentioned as future potential,Henri Lansbury,Mark Randall,Kieran Gibbs.but i have to say Jay Emmanuel-thomas excites me when i see him play,it seems like the ball is stuck to his boot when he runs with it and no-one can get near him.Quite Diaby like when he is having a good day:)
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12/01/2008 22:31:00

is it true that Henri Lansbury is Angela Lansbury's nephew or grandson or something? (she of Murder She Wrote fame)
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13/01/2008 08:19:00

n nn
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14/01/2008 08:07:00

so I don't think your club Arsenal is a big club or anywhere near the big european clubs! can't remember the last time arsenal win anything in Europe!!! poor you...please don't think you are a big club cos big club always win stuff in europe...unfortunately arsenal is not!! hey plus England didn't even qualify for EURO 2008! hahahah and also now need an italian to help you and teach you to play football!! so you need us to teach you how to win stuff? and begging us!!!lol come on just accept that Italian football is better than your country England
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14/01/2008 08:07:00

YTL/cannavaro...please shut up and talk some sense.
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14/01/2008 15:30:00

Who is that idiot?
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15/01/2008 01:55:00

blimey arscum signing english!!!!!!!,is it a clause in the contracts that these new signings speak french or is wenger ordering english lessons for his squad "carte blanche" ho ho !!
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15/01/2008 10:31:00


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