'The Youth Cup is vital to know where we stand'

Our under-18s are back in FA Youth Cup action on Tuesday night, aiming to become the first of our academy sides to lift the trophy since 2009.

While Arsene Wenger will be preparing for our Europa League clash against AC Milan, he will still be provided with regular updates from our quarter-final at Colchester United.

"I always have an eye on that," he told Arsenal Player. "We spoke about our DNA and that’s part of us as well. The quality of our youth is very important. 

"We invest a lot of money in there and it is to have end products. End products are players who have the quality to play for the first team. That’s why you always look around when it’s international competition or national competition, like the FA Youth Cup. It’s always very important to know where we stand compared to the other clubs.
"Behind the players that we know already, like Nketiah, Willock, Dasilva and Nelson, we have another group of young players just behind who are very good as well. 

"I’m convinced that in the next two or three years, Arsenal will have a lot of satisfaction on that front. I’m convinced that the way for Arsenal to come back to fight for the Premier League is to rely on a core of young players to come out of our football club."

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