Arsène Wenger knows the one thing that will always attract the world's top young talent to Emirates Stadium - a first-team opportunity.
The Arsenal manager is likely to send out his 'squad' side against Tottenham in the Carling Cup Semi-Final second leg on Wednesday. Last week a similar XI came from behind to snatch a vital 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane. It included a number of players brought to the Club at a young age, sometimes with a sizeable fee attached but mostly with only a nominal one.
"We scout them, ask them to come here and we give them the guarantee that we will try to develop them," said Wenger before the weekend game with Bolton.
"You need continuity, a good policy, good coaching and the strength to stand up.
"We are not successful with everybody and you can only pay for their education with the points which you lose.
"But what [other] club gives players of 18 or 19 a chance in the Champions League? Do we see that at Milan or Madrid, or anywhere else? That is why players join us, because they know if they are good, they get a chance."
"It is fantastic to see you still have players in the modern world who come in with the hunger, the desire and are ready to fight.
"And it is always easier to give a culture and love of a club if you develop them through the youth system."
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