Brady: Arsenal academy good for England

Arsenal academy boss Liam Brady insists they've been good for English football. But Brady admits that only a minority of his protégés will make it into the Arsenal first team.

Arsenal academy boss Liam Brady insists they've been good for English football.

But Brady admits that only a minority of his protégés will make it into the Arsenal first team.

“Arsène has always been very keen on developing British youngsters and very supportive of that, but he’s got to make decisions about whether players are good enough,” he told The Times. “He didn’t have any problem picking Ashley Cole when he was 17, but he was in the England team after ten games.

“That’s the quality you’re aiming for, but it’s a huge part of youth development that players move on and play at the highest level: David Bentley, Steve Sidwell, Fabrice Muamba, for example. It’s an indication that you do things right that these players are making brilliant livings. There’s a slight disappointment that they haven’t been good enough for Arsenal, but the club are able to put the money to excellent use. At a conservative estimate, around £50 million has come into the club from youth development.”

 
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