Why Arsene Wenger is right to continue with Project Youthon June 6, 2011 at 7:46 am
Arsene has been a target of vicious abuse from opposition fans for his penchant to buy young, talented footballer’s rather than established household names.
We’re all aware of the chants, but Arsene can rise above it in the knowledge that every player that passes through his tutelage improves both as a player and as a person.
These player’s careers are irrevocably changed by Arsene and they are always thankful for his efforts on their behalf.
Bendtner will have a fine career, as will Denilson in leagues where their talents will be more appropriate and appreciated. Both are certainly better footballer’s than they were when they first arrived but both player’s development have stalled and now is the right time to move on to pastures now.
For the likes of Jack Wilshire, Kieron Gibbs and Henri Lansbury there is only Arsenal in their veins. These player’s schooled through Hale End, then London Colney have Arsenal DNA and Arsene’s footballing philosophy in their hearts.
Add to the mix Aaron ‘Rambo’ Ramsey, Robin Van Persie, Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny, Sczcesny and Fabianski and we have a squad with many years left in the legs, in the heart and in red and white.
The emergence of the young talent like Wilshire is exactly why Arsene is right not to sign stop-gap players. Yes you can buy experience, but you can’t force those players to love the club in the same way our Academy products do.
In the world of super-rich footballers with their badge-kissing antics it’s refreshing to know that Wilshire will take to the pitch leaving nothing behind and when he finishes the game the tank is empty. In that vein I also look forward to Lansbury’s return to the Arsenal first team because he’s one of ours. I rate him as a player and I love his determination and fight.
I’ll be honest, I’m tiring of these contract wranglings of Clichy and Nasri. You can’t measure life by how much money you earn, you measure it by how you are as a person and whether you are respected by your peers.
If you don’t love Arsenal enough to sign on the line, whatever the salary then I’m not interested. Respect the club that gambled on you, be honest and get out if money is all that motivates you.
Like Mark Hughes, you’ll soon learn that chasing the next big pay-check will earn you a reputation that you will struggle to shake off. As SAF proved, you can win with kids.