By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger plans to build on Arsenal’s British core over the coming years - because he says the country is producing more and more quality players.

The likes of Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are now key members of the Gunners' first-team squad.

And Wenger hopes to bring through even more young homegrown stars in the future due to improving standards on these shores.

“Before we had young players like Fabregas and Nasri,” he said. “Now we have some good young British players for the first time in the group - Gibbs, Ramsey, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain for example. We have a core of young players that we want to build on.

“We are still only focused on quality but for the first time England produces so much quality. It's not that I have changed. For me the quality is the most important thing.”

Wenger believes it is important for the future of European football to develop as many homegrown players as possible.

“My dream was always to produce 60 per cent English and 40 per cent foreign young players,” he said.

“Honestly it's a real problem in Europe that you [must] face by education, because the education usually is the investment of the local country and so you need a certain share. Maybe 60 per cent is local and 40 per cent is from the rest of Europe.”

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25 Aug 2012