Date: 18th December 2012 at 11:30am
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Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is looking to his core of young British players to lead the future for Arsenal. With Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey on the verge of new deals and Carl Jenkinson already signed, Arsenal have a core of young English players emerging for probably the first time since the beginning of George Graham`s reign.

Having watched young continental players, such as Fabregas, Nasri, Adebayor, Clichy and Song drift away, whilst the likes of Denilson, Bendtner and Vela didn`t quite make the grade, the Arsenal manager is confident his new British crop might be more inclined to stick it out in North London.

“I believe we have a good core of young English players. We couldn`t keep the good core of young foreign players but I hope we will be capable to build a team around all these young England players who can achieve something together,” the boss pointed out following the 5-2 win over Reading.

“Somewhere the players must say ‘let`s do it together`. If you educate players, the faith is in their hands. They must want to do it together at some stage.”

One young Brit whose future looks less secure with the club is Theo Walcott, whose contract expires in the summer. Speaking about the player he signed as a 16 year old, Wenger said, “It is not my decision – it is Theo`s decision as well. If it is my decision it is quickly done.

“I believe he has been educated at Southampton and Arsenal and he has become a top player. I hope that when he considers his future he will consider Arsenal is the best place for him and sign for us.

“I do not want to come out on details of Walcott`s contract but simply say our desire and will is clear and he knows that. Hopefully we can get to a happy ending.”