The Arsenal academy - an introduction

The Arsenal academy is central to Arsenal’s long-term future.

Developing young talent and giving young players a chance has long been at the centre of the club's philosophy, and will continue to be so.

The Arsenal academy has a proud history of producing players for the first team, and remains at the forefront of player development.

Hale End - the club's facility for nine to 16-year-olds - is currently undergoing a major redevelopment and is set to be one of the finest academy facilities in world football.

The Arsenal board is committed to establishing the Arsenal academy as one of the best in the world.

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: "Our future is going to be built around how well we develop our young players and bring them through to our first team.

"That’s always been an underlying principle of the club and that’s going to continue to be the case. We have top, top coaches here for young players, we have fantastic facilities that we are investing in.

"We have also got a great athletic development department and, above all of those things, we have a strong club philosophy, which revolves around playing great football and giving young players a chance.

"That means that not only the very best young players in England but also the very best young players in Europe want to come to Arsenal Football Club. It gives us a great competitive advantage."

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