By Rob Kelly
Arsène Wenger believes that the ideal model for the Club to pursue is to produce the majority of future stars from within its own youth system.
But Wenger wants to go even further, and hopes about three quarters of future sides will be developed in-house - with a core of British talent.
“We have always produced a big number of players from within,” he told the Offical Arsenal Magazine. “But what we want to do is produce more local boys, which I think we are doing now.
“It’s the first time since I have been here that we have many English players in the team - or I should say British, because I include Aaron Ramsey in that. They all have the correct talent and quality.
“But the ideal model we want at Arsenal is to produce the core of the team from within our system, and then add exceptional talent from outside.”
Wenger believes there are many advantages to building a team mainly around homegrown players, and says the Club is firmly committed to continuing on this path.
“We have always done it, first of all because it’s a guarantee of security and stability - we never want to go below a certain level,” he said.
“If you can get the right players into the squad at an early age, you can build a real team spirit. When people have grown up together, they have that fraction more togetherness when they are on the pitch than if you assemble players from all over the world.
“So it makes the team attitude a bit stronger, which you can’t get from signing players from all over the world.”
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