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Arsenal boss Wenger wants to help English development

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants to help the FA with English talent development.

"I will meet Trevor Brooking and we will talk about the problems of English development of youngsters," Wenger confirmed. "Trevor Brooking is a very intelligent man and wants to do well.

"We have all seen young talents who have not turned up after because they did not have that mental desire to do well.

"But what is important is to detect it and to test it."

Wenger reflected: "I have always said you build a player like you do a house.

"First it is the technique, that is the base. The second floor is the physique - can he cope physically with the demands of the top level?

"Then you give them the tactical tools how to play in formation, and then in the final part, it is the mental aspect. 'Is this guy hungry enough to sacrifice a part of his life to win?'

"Many of them fail there.

"Nowadays because already at the level where a player is slowly getting tactically mature, you pay them big money - you have to if you want them to be the best. That is without knowing what the mental side of the player will be.

"So you can have players who are not up to the top, top level, but still have a comfortable way of life."

Wenger insisted: "It is not English, it is not foreign - it is the final step which comes out of every player.

"There is no nationality with that, just statistically you only get the two or three per cent who are ready to fight every week, to say 'no, I do not go out tonight because I want to win the game on Sunday'."

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