For years, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has claimed his youth system was keeping his club afloat. Whilst others were out throwing money around, Wenger was pipping youth talent from his system for spots in his first team; for the most part the system has paid huge dividends for the future, as well as keeping
Arsenal’s budget down to manageable numbers compared to some of the other big four clubs. The youth system has been a hotbed for talent recently. But whilst most would agree that it’s Wenger’s eye that makes the system so good, one coach has made it clear that he’s not buying any of it!
Roy Keane has said that Arsenal do not deserve credit for developing their young talent as they don’t bring young players through their own academy.
The Sunderland boss believes Arsene Wenger brings in many talented teenagers from other clubs at home and abroad, but admits the North-East club have problems themselves in luring young talent to the Stadium of Light.
Keane told The Sun: “The word on the street is they (Arsenal) have a group of kids coming through that will be absolutely outstanding.
“But you go on about the kids coming through but a lot of them have been bought from other clubs, not through the academy at Arsenal. It’s the same with Chelsea.” (ESPNSoccernet)
Ah, Roy Keane having a go at Arsenal’s system once again! Is anyone surprised? After all, Keane and the London club have had their fair share of memorable moments over the years. Like many clubs, Arsenal does have an affinity for going out and buying up young talent; however, for the most part all of their talent recently being talked about has been growing in-house.
What do Arsenal supporters think about his comments? Would you agree or disagree?