Arsenal kids hold key for Wenger

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists the club will not neglect young players in the pursuit of success in north London.

The Gunners have a tradition of developing talent at the Emirates Stadium, and giving academy products the chance to flourish.

That could change this summer however, with reports today claiming Gunners chairman Stan Kroenke is set to hand his manager a £100million transfer war chest at the end of the season.

Wenger won’t be forgetting about where the club has found many of its recent success stories however, and aims to maintain one of the club’s great traditions.

"It’s one of the values of our club. We want to be very successful without neglecting the need to give a chance to people,” Wenger told Arsenal Magazine.

“I want it to be part of our tradition and I also want to develop a spirit inside the club that makes the young players be faithful to this club. They think the club has given them a chance so they want to give something back as well.

“It has to work in both ways but we want to be the ones who give a chance.”

A quick look through the Arsenal squad tells you that Wenger can back up his words, with players either brought into the club at a young age or developed through their own academy.

Maintaining a professional attitude and making the most of your talent are factors that can be outside of a club’s control when it comes to youngsters, but Wenger believes Arsenal offer a solid platform for players to develop.

“The ones who aren’t professional enough are eliminated early on in their career anyway,” added the Frenchman.

"It’s quite amazing because football is like a fast train on the evolution side, which forces the players to adapt to the evolution. Some players can cope with that and some cannot.”

Before getting to this summer’s business, Wenger will hope for a strong finish to the Premier League season – and a trophy in the FA Cup – with games against Everton and Wigan coming up.

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