Date: 30th November 2016 at 1:19pm
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Ahead of the League Cup quarter-final with Southampton Arsene Wenger has praised the Saints academy for the volume of players coming through the system into the first-team squad.

Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers were all graduates of the Southampton academy before coming to Arsenal with Gareth Bale and Adam Lallana others to come through this set up in recent years.

Players continue to roll off that production line with 19-year-old Josh Sims the latest to get his chance in the Premier League with no less than seven academy players turning out for Southampton this season.

Wenger’s always looked to bring talent through but has acclaimed the visitors to the Emirates Stadium tonight as being the most prolific producers of talent in this country for the past decade or more, he’s quoted by the Standard as saying.

‘They have been the most prolific producers of top talent in England in the last 15 years. They have not only produced talent but top talents. We have some examples at our club with Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chambers but they`ve also produced top quality players like Gareth Bale and Adam Lallana. They do not only produce quality players, they scout very well as well because they scouted players like Sadio Mane.’

The League Cup wouldn’t top the list of Arsenal priorities but Wenger, confirming he’ll field a mix of youth and experience as aim to achieve a first semi-final appearance since 2012 is still looking to win this game.

He finished.

‘It`s a very difficult game but it`s our next game and our task is to always win our next game’

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