By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger believes an Under-21 competition could be an excellent replacement for the Reserve League.
The structure of reserves and youth football is under scrutiny as top clubs explore ways to improve the development of their young players and the Arsenal manager has distanced himself from suggestions that 'B teams' should be permitted to play in the Championship.
Wenger admits that the 'feeder club' proposal would suit Arsenal but he prefers a different solution.
"It [having a B team] would suit us, yes, but there are two problems," he said.
"In the education of a young player you have until the age of 18 where he can play, let's say in the youth teams or in the Reserve League. Then the biggest problem, that they want to sort out here, is the problem between 18 and 21. Basically that is what you call the integration of the player into the first team.
"It would give you a better indication of how competitive a player can be at a certain level. Today we give our players out on loan to the lower leagues and that is not bad as well because they learn how to cope with different environments and if they manage to convince people that they can play in there they come back. So it's not bad in England.
"But at the moment the academy will be restructured and they will create an Under-21 league that I find quite interesting, with all the best teams in England together in an Under-21 league. That could basically be the replacement of the Reserve League that we have today."Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 20 Jan 2012