Emirates Stadium boss to stick with youthful transfer policy.
Arsene Wenger stringent youth policy in the transfer market does not seem like fading despite Arsenals worst start to a season in 58 years.
Before the close of the summer transfer window, the Gunner’s shocking form prompted Wenger to plunge into market for experienced performers Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun and Pers Mertesacker in a bid to add some wisdom to his edgy young side.
However, Arsenal’s powerpuff performances since deadline day have had many still doubting the Gunners chances of a top-four finish this season. As a result the club have already been linked with a handful of players when the transfer window reopens in January.
But if recent reports are to go by, the underfire Gunners boss will put his faith back in youth with the club linked with Valencia striker Paco Alcacer, Universitario forward Andy Polo and now Brighton starlet Lewis Dunk.
One wonders if Arsenal are wise to continue their policy of bringing in youthful additions over spending large sums for experienced established stars. Whilst clearly such a transfer plan has helped the North London club to tick over nicely in financial terms they have also gone backwards in terms of their position in the table and currently find themselves struggling to get back into the top four race, let alone challenging for major honours.
Having lost Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy and also reportedly having to consider possible sales of four key players who’s contracts will have a year to run next summer (Theo Walcott, Thomas Vermaelen, Robin Van Persie and Andrei Arshavin) it would appear that Wenger may have to re-think the habit of a lifetime, only that doesn’t appear to be the case.
The trio named by this source are all relatively unknown, Brighton youngster Lewis Dunk is earning rave reviews after some consistent displays in the Championship and is said to be on the verge of an England Under 21 call-up but Gus Poyet will be keen to fend off offers for the player and clearly if the south-coast side manages to gain promotion to the Premier League then it will be easier to prevent a sale.
16 year old striker Andy Polo has already made an impact in the Peruvian top tier but is clearly something of an unknown quantity and Paco Alcacer is considered one of the hottest young prospects in Spanish football but is yet to make a La Liga appearance for Valencia.