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Wenger - The True Pioneer Of English Football

Wenger - The True Pioneer Of English Football

Arsenal take on Burnley tonight in the quarter finals of the League cup.

As usual for this competition, there will be a whole host of young talent on display from all corners of the globe, but a particular pattern has been forming for Arsene Wenger over the past couple of seasons, the inclusion of lots of homegrown English talent.

Arsene Wenger has been widely criticised in the past for over looking English players in favour of cheap foreign alternatives, when in fact the so called critics have failed to open their minds just a tiny bit to be able to see Wenger's bigger picture: Putting together the worlds finest scouting system and academy whilst at the same time still challenging for honours (not forgetting engineering a move to a state of the art stadium ensuring Arsenal have a self sustaining future). The man is nothing short of a certified genius.

Now the fruits of Arsene's labour are becoming visible.

No fewer than 9 British players will travel to Burnley today, 8 of those being English. In the previous round of the league cup Arsenal fielded seven English players, all of whom were homegrown from our Academy. Chelsea and United each fielded 1 Englishman a piece (neither homegrown) and Liverpool 0.

Funnily enough, there hasn't been one mention of this in the press.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday December 2 2008
Time: 9:27AM

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It's when stuff like this rings home, you realise how truly moronic the people calling for Wenger to be sacked are actually being. As a side note, my son is 17 months old and is kicking a ball around eveyday now ..... any chance of a game if we get to the semis Arsene??
02/12/2008 09:39:00
Would you let him play in the new pinky boots, Rocky? lol
02/12/2008 10:45:00
Of course. Unfortunaltey my boy's boots have got Thomas The Tank Engine on them!!
02/12/2008 10:50:00
They sound more grown up than Bendtners then mate! lol The people who calledc for Wenger to be sacked are not the sharpest tools in the box. Don't get me wrong, the guy isn't infallable. I also suggested that if this season went from bad to worse and he kept making the same obvious mistakes then the board would have to consider his position (fat chance lol) The guy is a superb coach and has done a better job than anyone else could of under our circumstances. WHomever takes over will be lucky as we will have money aplenty to spend an amazing youth system, an even better scouting network and a team capable of playing sublime passing football (at times), but still, after 1 rocky start to the season we should sack him. What a bunch of wa**stains!
02/12/2008 11:14:00
Absolutely LG - Wenger's project isn't finished yet, and if we were to lose him now a lot of his hard work will go down the drain and our future would be called into question. Even a finish outside the top four would not be enough for me to call for his head, he's too important to the future of Arsenal Football Club.
02/12/2008 11:20:00
As Prof. Calculus points out on the forums the man must have real strength of purpose to have been able to stick to his beliefs in the face of the flak that he has taken from almost every quarter in the football establishment - not least at times from the club's own supporters. It's clear that he believes it is the right way and it is not hard to see what he is trying to do and why. He has and will continue to make mistakes - that's inevitable. But put into the bigger context his mistakes are small and his successes are huge.
02/12/2008 11:41:00
----But put into the bigger context his mistakes are small and his successes are huge.---- Top stuff Amos
02/12/2008 12:26:00
Yes indeed. The next guy will surely have big big shoes to fill but he's got a hugely talented, technical team (primarily "physical" teams are hard to sustain, just ask Ince and Megson), a fabulous training ground, a great cashcow of a sold-out stadium, a balanced budget with manageable debt, a strong global fanbase, a fantastic youth system and scouting network. That next guy'll have a hell of a job to keep up the standards on and off the pitch but he's got a hell of a bunch of fantastic assets to work with.
02/12/2008 16:42:00
they'll all be sold having had a few Carling Cup games
02/12/2008 21:44:00
Even on the radio in the buildup to Burnley, there was a lot of anticipation and excitement from the neutrals who were looking forward to seeing our kids put on a display - Wenger's work is a talking point. Looking at the big picture, you just can't argue with a guy, who on the whole (and despite the critics in the media) has contributed more to football in this country than is obvious. People that verge on genius tend to be bloody minded and aren't scared of being proved wrong at times. Wenger is a pioneer alright and when he moves it will become even clearer.
02/12/2008 23:14:00
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