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Wenger predicts USA & Asian future

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the future of football could have a different look to the current state of the game.

After signing Ryo Miyaichi and Park Chu-Young in January, as well as the training addition of FC Dallas star Brek Shea, the Gunners have taken on some of the finest talent from both Asia and America.

And Wenger believes the two areas will continue to have a growing influence not just on activities at the Emirates, but across European football and the game in general as they develop further.

"I believe there are two [areas] that will certainly influence the modern game. One will be the United States, where football is becoming more and more popular and the quality is rising. The second big part I am convinced will be Asia," said the Frenchman, who has previously coached in Japan.

 

"These are two continents that I think will be the future of the game. America will produce more and more top level players and Asia as well.

 

"In these two countries they have an aptitude to have a team attitude and a hard-working attitude too. Once they get the education, they will start to produce good players."

The addition of Shea is an exciting one for the Gunners, with the American international enjoying a fine season in the MLS and being on the three-man shortlist for the league's player of the season.

Expected to train with the north London outfit for the opening weeks of December, Wenger is also keen to get the highly-rated 21-year-old in reserve team action for Arsenal.

"(He will) practice with the top team when it’s possible, practice with the best prospects of the club as well outside the normal sessions and have a contact with top level football in the world," added Wenger.

"There’s no better place than the Premier League to do it."

It's unclear if Arsenal will try to get the player on a loan deal for three months during the MLS off-season.

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