Date: 2nd December 2008 at 9:28am
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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.