Bruce: Wigan will seek Arsenal signings

Wigan Athletic boss Steve Bruce has revealed they'll lean heavily on signings from Arsenal next season.

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"It's right that we're looking at their younger players," Bruce told the Wigan Observer. "It's a huge ask for a young player to break into Arsenal's team.

"You're always looking for a Larsson, a Pennant or an Upson. We did our homework and when one became available we knew exactly who they were.

"They always thought they'd get a good grounding and a good education. I hope it continues and I can get a couple up here at Wigan.

"Keith Bertschin (Wigan reserve team coach) is a big friend of Steve Bould (head of Arsenal's U18s).

"Then there's the association with me and (Arsenal chief scout) Steve Rowley.

"I played with Neil Banfield when I was 18 and he's in charge of their reserves.

"There will always be good, young players at the big clubs who aren't going to get a game. But they'll be good enough for Wigan."

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