Arsenal Transfers: 5 Young English Players Arsene Wenger Should Target

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Arsenal Transfers: 5 Young English Players Arsene Wenger Should Target
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Arsene Wenger has established a tradition of unearthing and developing young talent at Arsenal.  In recent seasons for better or worse, this philosophy has dominated every level of the team from the academy through to the senior 11.

Wenger's scouting network and innate ability to spot a player have achieved almost mythical status in the world game.  His forays into the youth market have yielded many exciting talents.

After placing a strong emphasis on prospects from across the globe during his early years at Arsenal, Wenger has in the last few seasons begun to concentrate his efforts on identifying promising English starlets.

The results have been mixed so far.  Jack Wilshere's rise through the ranks at Arsenal is definitely Wenger's biggest recent domestic success story.

Theo Walcott has established himself as a valuable starter and England international.  But the speedy winger is still blighted by injury and inconsistency.

Left back Kieran Gibbs will be given every chance to display his talents in the first team this season and needs to prove he can stay healthy.

The recent breakup of the 2009 FA Youth Cup winning team, highlighted by the sale Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, shows that Wenger still has plenty of work to do to find English youngsters good enough to demand inclusion in the Arsenal squad.

With that in mind, here are five young English players Arsene Wenger should target.


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