Arsenal pave the way for other Premiership clubs to follow

Arsenal Midfielder Jack WilshereIf you’re good enough, you’re old enough…

A statement we’ve heard so many times but one that has been put into practice very little. But could all that be about to change?

Alan Hansen once famously said “you’ll never win anything with kids” but for the big teams across Europe, it could soon be the only way to win.

Following Barcelona’s demolition of Mourinho’s Madrid much was made of the Catalonian team’s ability to produce home grown talent. The fact that nine of the starting eleven produced by the academy dominated a new era of “Galacticos” was incredible and many believe it to be a one off, but if teams want to stay at the top they need to adopt this approach.

Within the next few years if a player has the option between a club and Manchester City, he will be Eastlands bound.  The Northern club can ask a player to name their price and it still won’t make a mark on the expenses come the end of the month.

No side can compete for money with City regardless of its stature so new approaches need to be taken by the big clubs.

Barcelona and Arsenal have the right plan in scouring the globe for the newest talent, offer them security and teach them a beautiful style of play. These players cost next to nothing yet could become the future of the team.

Barcelona and Arsenal have the right plan in scouring the globe for the newest talent, offer them security and teach them a beautiful style of play. These players cost next to nothing yet could become the future of the team.

Yes for every Cesc Fabregas there is a Quincy Owusu-Abeyie but any manager in the world would delve through hundreds of promising Abeyie’s to find that one Cesc.

As much as every fan loves to see that big summer marquee signing, there is nothing like an academy player making a name for himself.

People can argue that Arsenal and Barcelona steal their players from abroad so aren’t their talents. But if a footballer comes to a club from 14/15 years old they’ve yet to be fully developed. It’s around that time that you begin to see who will and won’t make it. With that in mind Pedro isn’t a Barcelona product as he joined as late as 17.

So while City continue to buy their way to silverware, the rest may well need to stop fighting losing battles and concentrate on the kids.
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