David Dein says Premier League can sign world's best players

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Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein has suggested fans of the Premier League can get used to big signings like Alexis Sanchez and Angel di Maria.

Dein was speaking about the increased spending power that is about to be afforded to Premier League clubs as a result of the £5.1bn TV deal. Extra funds will become available from the 2016/17 season taking revenue from television alone over and above £100 million for clubs finishing in the top half.

Arsenal have been one of the main beneficiaries in recent years as their transfer policy has suggested. The likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have arrived for huge fees. He has also backed clubs to use some of the money to invest in youth academies, helping the next Jack Wilshere to come through.

He told L'Equipe: “Many foreign clubs will remain competitive in the years to come, like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and PSG.

"But the English clubs, it is certain, they will be able to buy even more top players and invest in the formation of young talents.

"Here, people like to see Alexis Sanchez, Eden Hazard and Angel di Maria but they want to see homegrown talents too.

"For several years, the Premier League has put in place the Youth Development programme, from which we are seeing the first fruits of its labour, Jack Wilshere, Raheem Sterling even Harry Kane.”

Beckham bails out

Arsenal fans have been fascinated by the presence of Brooklyn Beckham in the Hale End academy, so much so that a video of him hitting the crossbar went viral.

But any idea that Arsenal have a player as good as his father, David, have come to and end. Arsenal coaches have told the 15-year-old that he won't be offered the 12-month scholarship he was vying for and will be released.

Cazorla's regret

Santi Cazorla has been one of Arsenal's best players this season and has consistently impressed since arriving from Malaga in 2012. Arsenal bagged a bargain at £16.5 million thanks to the La Liga club's financial trouble, with the deal being agreed in double-quick time.

"I left because the club needed money," Cazorla told Sky Sports' show 'Revista de la Liga'. "Arsenal was a good opportunity, but Malaga wasn't stable and it wasn't clear where they were headed.

"I know that in Malaga lots of people haven't forgiven me for the way I left. When I signed for Arsenal, everything happened so quick, I had to go to London.

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