By Adam Clark
Arsène Wenger believes England boasts a wealth of talented young goalkeepers.
The Arsenal manager has been particularly impressed by the performances of Scott Carson, the on-loan Liverpool keeper who his side will have to beat when Charlton visit Emirates Stadium tonight.
The Frenchman believes Carson and Watford's on-loan Manchester United stopper Ben Foster will be at the forefront of the English game for the next decade.
"I rate him [Carson] personally," said Wenger. "Since the beginning of the season he has shown he will be one of the big keepers in England over the next 10 years. When I saw him I was surprised how good he is. I think he has a great future.
"I am impressed by Ben Foster as well. The competition could go on between the two."
Wenger sympathises with young goalkeepers like Carson, 21, and Foster, 23, who are on the books of big clubs but who are loaned out to learn their trade lower down the league. Nonetheless, the Frenchman believes this is a necessary step which benefits all parties.
"That is the problem of the big clubs," said Wenger. "You cannot afford to have a keeper who makes a mistake. Every game is so vital. On the other hand, if you have a good young keeper then perhaps they will never get any experience. That is why it is a good opportunity to go out.
"Usually a keeper is good between 26 and 35. If they are 20 and already good then they will need to be patient to play at a big club. That is why this sort of experience is fantastic for them. And the clubs with less financial potential get a top-class keeper."
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