Arsene Wenger may be starving himself of silverware, but what you can’t take away from him is the unwavering confidence he has in the worst kept secret in football.
The Arsenal boss’ plan to establish a quality youth side has faced its fair share of criticism, though the London giants seem to refuse to drop out of the top four.
Sticking true to his managerial style, the Frenchman believes that players like Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere can make all the difference, however, consistency is only key when equalling trophies.
Now the Gunners may have a wealth of history behind them and deserve the right to be feared but with their rivals spending big, are they being left behind?
Spurs nearly pulled their rivals under in a three-way battle for the top four last season, though their starting XI sees very little change in comparison to the riskier modern Arsenal side.
Chelsea are constantly under the fire, just as Manchester City are for spending big in order to succeed but while this happens, promising talent is left to waste. With Thibaut Courtois sent out year after year on loan to Super Cup winners Atletico Madrid, Josh McEachren out of favour along with the likes of Lucas Piazon, Van Aanholt and Gael Kakuta, new talent arrives at the Bridge.
Courtois acquired the Ricardo Zamora award, given to the goalkeeper with the best goals conceded per game record of the La Liga season, so with players of Diego Lopez and Victor Valdes’ magnitude his competition was not in any way light.
So why is it he still falls out of favour in comparison to Petr Cech and why has Lukaku been to the Hawthorns and not been recalled to replace yet another Chelsea flop in Fernando Torres despite his 17 goals in 38 appearances for the Baggies last season?
It seems making the most of a club’s ill spent money lies higher up the pecking order than sensible decisions.
Andre Schurrle and Van Ginkel are Mourinho’s first two signings in his second stint in charge of the Blues, both under 23 and this immediately brings the future of Chelsea’s existing younger players into question.
But just how important are the younger generation? Arsenal may not have mastered the art of maturing their young guns but clubs like Chelsea and City don’t appear interested in giving more than a single chance to an up and coming player.
The future of the sport lies solely on the younger generation, however, legendary players like Andrea Pirlo keeps the club going.
Though take one Frank Lampard from Chelsea and the nucleus of the club is lost, take Lionel Messi from Barcelona and the club become human, but if you take a player from those prepared like Arsenal or ASton Villa, the challenge will remain very much alive.
You can’t deny class where it exists but you can help it to grow in others. Five under 21’s see a future Arsenal side brewing, but £50m sees the next Chelsea transfer blunder.
In addition to the need to raise young talent to source the arrival of future Xavi’s and John Terry’s though. Clubs need to go about the transition from mouse to man in a way that doesn’t leave high profile competitions like the Capital One Cup appearing like a dumping ground for club experiments.
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