Date: 20th October 2006 at 9:46am
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Arsenal and Arsene Wenger have often been critisised for the lack of British players to play for our team, a critisism that has been argued, and defended for many years, but maybe that is all about to change.

I have always maintained, and will carry on maintaining, that passports are not of any importance, if you’re good enough, you will play, but most people fail to understand that if you don’t have a rich Russian backer, then it’s incredibly difficult to afford the English players who are good enough (and some who aren’t)

In London it is especially difficult to find young English players as there are rules in place (although I’m not sure of the specifics) that stops any English player who does not live within 45 minutes travelling time (I think) of playing for said club. And given the amount of clubs in London, well lets just say it complicates things a little.

The prices of English players are also another stumbling block. For the price of Shaun Wright-Phillips we have bought Thierry Henry, Kolo Toure, Cesc Fabregas, Phileppe Senderos, Manu Eboue, Robin van Persie, and Tomas Rosicky, give or take a few quid. Now do you naysayers see why Arsene Wenger doesn’t conform to the media an general football fan standards?

So the general rule of thumb is English players are not worth their price tag, especially to a team who wishes to be challenging for major honors every year.

I’m starting to ramble, so back to the original subject matter.

Arsene Wenger is convinced that after lagging behind for so many years, this countries Academies are finally catching up with the rest of the world, and believes in the next three or four years, it will really start to bear fruit.

Le Boss said,

‘I think another concern, maybe, in England, we have developed less English players than young foreign talents. It is down to one basic reason that we have recently produced less talent. Because we have responded later with the quality of the academies..

‘But I think here at the club, with Richard Carr, we have really developed our youth system. And now we will, in the next three or four years, produce real domestic talent. Because we are bringing top domestic talent to the club.

I believe that any system that provides our club with great players is a massive plus, it just so happens that this system might just shut a few people up.

 

24 Replies to “Wenger Vow For More Domestic Players”

  • I couldn’t give 2 sh!ts where our players come from if they have the talent. If our critics want to believe that we’d be a better team with having the likes of Jenas and Defoe than Cesc and Henry then they are even more stupid than originally percieved. Robinson for Jens, NO. Neville for Eboue, NO. Cashley for Gallas, NO. Ferdinand for Kolo, NO. Downing for Rosicky, NO. The list goes on. Fact is, England are boring to watch, overpaid, and extremely overrated, so this argument is futile in my opinion.

  • As an Arse fan, Im pleased to hear this. I’ve always been severely annoyed by the ‘youre not an English club’ from the fans of all those delightfully-owned-foreign clubs. I couldnt give a flying fudge whether Cesc was from England, Spain or the Cape Verde Islands, just so long as he has the ability that he has. Now we’ll just be able to shut up a bunch of stupid Spurs fans. (though, this is still a doubt. We’re still thought of as a French club, even though we only have 2 starters in Henry and Gallas). “Le Sigh”.

  • Yes Jammathon Spurs have a lot of ammo to extract the Micheal with Arsenal fans with the mammoth success they have had in the last 45 years. We indeed would much prefer to have English bench warmers throughout our team than average foreign kids with no talent like Cesc, Eboue, Big Phil, Kolo, Johann, RVP, Ade and the like.

  • i think that it’s not just a question of the talent of young english players, but also of the mentality they require too. Though it would be wonderful to see some young english talent coming through, with the same technical proficiency as their foreign counterparts…

    »»Arsene Knows««

  • Hmmn Goal keepers who cna save goals .. No whinging yes spurs do have a lot ot be greatful for.. Guys you are no longer british so get oever it.. Cazbar !! We got our turkish delight you lot got a dose of the s**ts from Portuguese cuisine in moscow rounded off by a drunken krut who had lost his glasses.. And a frog who thinks his hand is his chest

  • Good call from Wenger on this one … Walcott could lead a whole group of domestic based players coming through the academy as he is young enough to do so

  • Cusop: Don’t be a moron mate! Good win in Turkey, but check the name of the competition you are in!!!! Ours reads UEFA Champioons League. While your on the subject of dodgy food, i hear spurs are staying away from pasta dishes for a long time! True?

  • Now that would be a move in the right direction for english football. His knowledge would improve good footballers to great footballers. Lets hope it happens.

  • Whatever.Least we did’nt all start cryin atfer losing the E/cup final.How you all thought you’d won the cup after 75 mins,you could feel a physical drop in atmosphere when your lot saw BARCA scored their second! MAY2006

  • Why should being born in England have anything to do with being a good footballer? Don’t get me wrong, England have some great players, but any affordable one does not fit well into Wenger’s system. And to the Spurs fans, yes we lost in the FINAL of the Champions League. Perhaps you could remind everyone here, what group of the Champions League you were in. Oh, and lest I forget, good luck in your relegation battle 😉

  • again i say bring on the talented dark skinned eskimo midgets with amazonian warriors for mothers and swahili speaking fathers and if they are good enough we’ll buy them.

  • That’s just it, they don’t have a point. Which makes Tottenham the perfect club for them, all in all Spuds are a pretty pointless team. What have they bought to the Premiership?

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