The influx of money into the Premier League over the last few seasons has meant that literally Premier League team can splash the cash, and virtually every team has accumulated a good squad. One of the consequences of that is the fact that promising teenage players fail to succeed at the highest level – teams can buy ready-made professionals to bolster their ranks, and with the stakes so high, no one wants to give youth a chance. Arsene Wenger, however, is well known for nurturing young talent even though he fails, season after season, to splash the cash. As such lifting the Premier League title remains out of reach, at least for now.
As the Gunners face Hull City today at the Emirates Stadium, Wenger’s opposite number Steve Bruce has no hesitation to include members of the Tigers’ academy set-up. 16 year-old Josh Tymon was a surprise inclusion in the Hull starting XI lining up at full back. He might have thought he would be coming up against superstar attacker Alexis Sanchez but Tymon had to settle with competing against Joel Campbell. Nevertheless, this bold statement from Bruce is something Wenger needs to do in order to allow new talent to prosper and could eventually help Arsenal lift that title once again. They can do it as seen with the likes of Ashley Cole and Cesc Fabregas, so why can’t they do it now?
Instead, the likes of Mathieu Flamini somehow earns a starting berth in the Arsenal midfield,and his inclusion surely restricts the youth from progressing and finding their way into the team. Wenger’s stubbornness means Arsenal will forever be a side finishing between second and fourth place, but hats off to Steve Bruce today for giving youth a chance – and he got the reply he and his team so richly deserve.