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Five Arsenal Youngsters That Wenger Should Not Have Let Go

Five Players Emirates manager Arsene Wenger should not have waved goodbye to?

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Arsene Wenger is without doubt the best in the business when it comes to spotting a young talent and then harnessing his abilities and transforming kids into household names who know how to play football the right way. During his 15 years as Arsenal boss there are countless examples of youngsters he has polished into world class gems but here are a selection of some he maybe should have given more time to prove themselves.

I hasten to add that I am not saying these six would have been big Arsenal stars but perhaps had Wenger kept hold of them and nurtured their talents as he has done hundreds of others, then perhaps they would have been players who could have served the north London side better.

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Nicolas Anelka

‘Le Incredible Sulk’ may well have been a tough nut to crack and a player who brings with him a fair amount of baggage but the French international has gone on to win league titles in multiple countries as well as a Champions League winners medal. Just imagine what he could have achieved at the north London club if he had stayed? That said, Real Madrid did offer an unprecedented £22.3m for the 20 year old and that was maybe too good to turn down.

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Matthew Upson

The one that got away? Looking at the defensive issues that Arsene Wenger has had this season perhaps the English international should have been given more of a chance to prove himself at Highbury before he was offloaded to Birmingham City back in 2003. Some may say that the West Ham man was and still is, not good enough to play in the Gunners back four but one wonders how good a player he could have been if he stuck around under Wenger’s guidance. Perhaps he could have been the “Next Tony Adams’?

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Fabrice Muamba

Young midfield battler Muamba left Arsenal without playing a single Premier League match but has since carved a niche for himself at first Birmingham City and now Bolton. Has been involved in all but three games in the last three seasons and is a very consistent performer who could still be an England international of the future. Was Wenger to quick to release him?

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Steve Sidwell

Dubbed by many as being the “Next Frank Lampard”, Sidwell tried for four years to break into Wenger’s first team reckoning and eventually fled to Reading where he was a smash hit, so much so that Jose Mourinho decided to sign him up. It was a move that proved something of a disaster and the midfielder left for Aston Villa where he has struggled to cement a first team place.

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Lassana Diarra

Another career that has gone ‘around the houses’ Lassana Diarra spent less than five months at the Emirates before he left for Portsmouth en route to Real Madrid. The pint sized French defensive midfielder may well have stuck around longer at Arsenal had Mathieu Flamini not been in such fine form but then he left for AC Milan in a move that greatly angered Gunners fans just six months later so this is very much a case of what might have been.

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