Arsenal legend Steve Bould has praised the club’s scouting network and said it is key to the club’s success.
The Gunners’ Under-18s coach has revealed his gratitude for the team of people who uncover Arsene Wenger’s next generation of Premier League stars.
Arsenal’s youth system is world famous, and Bould is now an integral part of that system, though he is keen to identify the importance of the club’s scouts.
Speaking to the club website, he said: “We obviously have a massive scouting network and I must say without those scouts we can't work. The talent is key.
“Without good players you certainly won't become a good coach, that's a fact. We've got a good scouting network and I think they identify the top talent.”
This network of scouting and youth coaching has uncovered a number of stars who have made it into the first team.
The current squad has players like Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Emmanuel Frimpong, who have been at the club since they were very young.
Many people will wonder what the secret behind this success is and Bould is keen to stress that ability is the most important factor.
The former title winning Arsenal centre back also highlights the need to continually update training methods, as the professional game develops rapidly and success comes from staying ahead of the game.
“The one big thing we look for within the Club is whether they can play. By that I mean do they have talent? Do they want the ball? Are they technically gifted?
“Then I guess the second thing is their physical attributes. The game moves on every five years - it gets quicker, stronger, faster and more powerful. That's the way the game is going so we have to identify athletes as well.”