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Wenger Puts English Plan Into Action

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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Date:Saturday January 12 2008
Time: 10:17AM


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
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.
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!!!
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
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
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
12/01/2008 11:02:00
I mean my wife, not yours obviously!!
Ashburton Gooner
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.
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.
12/01/2008 11:16:00
Excuse me??? You're kidding right???
12/01/2008 11:18:00
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