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Zola inspired by Wenger blueprint

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Gianfranco Zola wants to follow Arsene Wenger's recipe for success by recruiting the best young players from all over the world.

The Italian has revealed he was tempted to take the Upton Park job because of the club's plans to revive their reputation as the Academy of Football.

"It was the only reason I came here. The plan is to compete with the big teams by taking a group of young players and helping them develop," said Zola.

"The project that Scott Duxbury and Gianluca Nani told me about was to take young players from here and the rest of the world and develop them.

"That's the part of the job I like the most, helping players get better with every training session."

Zola will get his first taste of taking on the Premier League's big four on Sunday as Wenger's side visit Upton Park.

It is a test the Chelsea legend is relishing, but he knows he is facing a fearsome task to turn around the slump his side are enduring.

He said: "They play the best football of any team in this country and possibly in any other country.

"But we will go out and attack them like we always do. There is no point sitting and waiting for them and trying to defend against Arsenal because they will always find a way through.

"You have to admire the way Arsene Wenger manages. He has had a great influence on the game in this country and he is one of the best managers in the world."

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