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Capello impressed by "perfect" Arsenal academy

England boss Fabio Capello has hailed Arsenal as having the ideal European academy.

Capello saw Arsenal's superkids dismantle Wigan in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night and declared: "Arsenal's academy, for example, is the perfect example of how young players should be brought along at all European clubs."

The Italian also spoke highly of Arsenal winger Theo Walcott: "(Predecessor Sven-Goran) Eriksson had told me only good things about Walcott.

"He had taken him to the World Cup in 2006, don't forget, even though he didn't play, so I called him up to the squad and I was immediately impressed with his dribbling skills, his pace and his range of passes.

"At Arsenal, he has a manager, Arsene Wenger, who can help him get even better. I have also seen a lot of good players in the England Under-21 side, and that fills me with great hope for the future."

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