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Arsenal boss Wenger: We've developed English talent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has defended his record for developing English talent.

Wenger declared: "We have developed many good English players - more than anybody else in this country, but they play somewhere else.

"Sidwell was here, and he had Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit in front of him and he came to me and said: 'boss, I want to go, I do not play'.

"They were, at the time, not good enough - but we still have developed them.

"We have developed Ashley Cole, but he plays for the richest club in the country."

Wenger added: "I accept the critics because I cannot say it is not true as it is true.

"But as well when I built my team I do not look where you come from, I look at who will be the best striker available and I put him in.

"I feel I am responsible for quality, and to develop players - but I cannot say to a player 'you are good enough, but you cannot play because you don't come from the right place'. For me it is not right."

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