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Wenger basing 'new' Arsenal on British core

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is determined to build a British core to his team.

Arsenal are convinced they have agreed new deals with Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson and it is thought they will sign by the end of the week, says the Daily Mail.

Arsenal's push to keep their best British talent indicates a deliberate shift in Wenger's thinking.

After basing his sides around foreign players for years, the manager seems to have had a change of heart after the likes of Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy all left the Emirates Stadium.

Speaking after the thumping win at Reading, Wenger said: "We have a core of good young English players and I hope we will be able to build a team around them and that they can achieve something together."

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