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Is the FA plan for B teams good news for Arsenal?

We all know that a big part of Arsene Wenger’s policy for Arsenal Football Club centres on youth, so you would probably think that the Frenchman would be pleased to hear about the new proposals set forward by the FA to give young players more chance to develop and break into the first team.

But Wenger did not sound too thrilled about the idea, in his press conference reported by Arsenal.com. Instead he suggested that more training and less competition would be better for their development. However, he was thinking about younger players than the FA seem to be when they suggest Premier League clubs having B teams and playing in the lower leagues, with perhaps a new league set up to accomodate them.

Arsenal miss out on two promising young transfer targets

The news for Arsenal fans does not get any better in this summer’s transfer window, which was one we were supposed to be actually looking forward to for the first time in years. While the other Premier League clubs seem to be getting lots of business done, the staff at Arsenal seem to have gone into hiding, and transfer targets seem to be passing us by.

The two young players that the Gunners have reportedly missed out on, Isaiah Brown and David Accam are not exactly the players that would help Arsenal challenge for major honours next season, but they would have been for the future and better than nothing.

Have Arsenal got it right while the fans are wrong?

What Arsenal need…(looking ahead) by Amitosh

With all the rumors of Higuain and Fellaini, and all the other possible transfer targets we are linked with in the past month or so, I was wondering if there is a fine line between What Fans want and What Arsenal need.

Of course, What Fans want is clear. We want new trophies in the Arsenal cabinet, the club to become a favored destination for top stars, a Higuain, a Fellaini, maybe a Rooney, maybe a Reina and finally, the return of The Invincibles era, all these with the Arsenal style of attractive football.

Young England star set to sign for Arsenal today

This transfer window is beginning to look like a typical Arsenal cliche, with the news that the Gunners are signing a very promising young English player and a striker from the French Second Division!

Everyone knows about Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre, but the first promising young Englishman is Aston Villa’s Dan Crowley, and it has been revealed by Jeorge Bird’s Arsenal Youth website that the 15 year-old midfielder (also touted as the “New Jack Wilshere”) is due at London Colney today to seal the move.

Is this proof that Arsenal are changing their Youth Policy?

You may or not have noticed that a lot of Arsenal reserve and Academy players have been released by the club or have left to join other clubs this year rather than stick around at Arsenal.

Now worryingly this could mean that even the young talents don’t want to progress at this club anymore, because probably in the 8 years they have been here, they’ve witnessed our club go from a European dominator, to fourth place in England. If this is the case, then I’m afraid it really is worrying because although in some aspect of saying this, it was always quite a good moment to see the latest star rising through the ranks at Arsenal before progressing into a wonderkid in the first team. Of course I’d much rather have the good feeling moment of winning a trophy but never the less this was always good to see on the pitch.

Arsenal could be in danger of losing Coquelin

Ever since Arsene Wenger took over as the manager of Arsenal Football Club back in 1996, the Frenchman has made the academy and youth development parts of the club very important. Ideally, Wenger would like to follow the Barcelona example of being able to field a whole team of players who have come through the Arsenal ranks.

This would be great for financial reasons, but also because it would mean the players would have huge ties to the club. They would, hopefully, be more reluctant to leave and would be more determined to help bring success. That is all well and good in principle, but it hasn’t really been working too well.

Arsenal look to India for future Young Guns!

Arsenal are to open football training schools across India this summer to develop young footballers in India and give thousands of children across the country somewhere to learn and play safely away from the dangerous streets.

This move will be beneficial for Arsenal and India as the club can train young players and potentially sign them if they begin to show a real talent in the game. Indian children will now have a sport to play and have something to occupy their time.

Arsenal to tempt Vieira back to Emirates?

When Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal back in 1996, he had already requested the signing of the French international midfielder Patrick Vieira from AC MIlan. That would turn out to be one of the most successful transfers ever, as Vieira was an integral part of the Gunners for the next nine seasons, the most successful period in Arsenal history. The 36-year old could soon be re-united with his mentor, apparently, as Wenger has spoken to him about the job of replacing Liam Brady as Head of Youth Development and Academy Director, reports the Daily Mail.

Jack Wil be England’s best for years says Brady

Liam Brady has been Head of Youth Development and Academy Director at Arsenal since 1996, and Jack Wilshere joined the club as a nine year old just months after the former Gunner took charge. That gives Brady a great insight into the progress and ability of Wilshere, and the Irishman has been extolling his virtues ahead of the England friendly tomorrow.

Why Bergkamp should NOT replace Brady at Arsenal

Liam Brady is an Arsenal legend, there is no doubt about it, and when he finishes his fantastic job of running the youth academy in 2014, it is vital that Arsenal pick the right man to fill his shoes. I feel it should be somebody with a big connection to the club, and Dennis Bergkamp certainly fits that description. Some newspapers reported that Bergkamp may be in line for the position, but I do not think he is the right man.

Arsenal want more Local young talent-like Barcelona!

Arsenal are proud of the youth system and rightly so, as it has produced some key players for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger is keen for that to continue, and has revealed that he would prefer it if the players coming through were local, ot at least British, as he feels that they would then be more likely to stay at the club.

Wenger is confident that one of the best players ever to come through the Arsenal youth system, Jack Wilshere, will not cause problems with signing a new contract because he is a local lad who has been with the club since he was nine years old.

Could Eisfeld be the ready-made replacement for Theo Walcott?

Ivan Gazidis made it clear this week that Arsenal would not be giving in to Theo Walcott’s wage demands to persuade him to sign a contract extension, so it would seem that Arsene Wenger will need to cash in on the wannabe striker in January, but who is Wenger likely to replace him with?

Thomas Eisfeld is the obvious candidate to be promoted from the reserves. He has only been at Arsenal for a year but has come on in leaps and bounds and was especially impressive in the pre-season games. The Germany youth star believes he has improved since then.