Redknapp: Arsenal secret is Wenger, Rowley and their network

In his column for The Sun, Harry wrote: "I'm ready to admit it - I'm jealous of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and I wouldn't mind betting there are another 18 Premier League managers who feel exactly the same way.

"The jealousy isn't because the Gunners are perched top of the table after a blistering start to the campaign.

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"No. It's because the scouting network Arsene has developed is second to none and has set the benchmark for all of us to try to follow.

"Just how does he keep finding these talented kids who have got everyone raving over their polished performances despite their tender years?

"Who spotted Emmanuel Eboue? Who unearthed Abou Diaby? Who discovered Gael Clichy and who found 17-year-old Armand Traore?

"And how did Arsenal manage to nick Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona of all clubs?

"These kids weren't on anyone else's radar yet Arsene has snapped them up, stuck them in a red shirt and the rough diamonds are shining as bright, if not brighter, than anything in the top flight.

"Steve Rowley has been the Arsenal chief scout for years and a lot of credit must go to him for the endless work he does behind the scenes.

"But crucially for Arsenal, they have placed staff in several countries around the world whose sole task is to go out and find new talent.

"They have personnel in all the major football countries but importantly I believe they also have full-time staff in many African countries and European back waters."

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