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Arsenal boss Wenger welcomes feeder club discussion

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is supportive of the idea of feeder teams for Premier League clubs.

FA chairman Greg Dyke is floating the idea of the top clubs having feeder sides or even B teams in the lower leagues.

"I like it personally," said Wenger.

"The FA made big efforts to reorganise the whole system (of youth football) and there are too many players who are lost in a situation where they don't have any future.

"If we have a player who is under-21 at Arsenal and has not played for the first team, that means he has started to play in the reserves at 17 or 18.

"For three years he is playing in this (under-21) league and still does not go up (to the first team). They don't see where they can go.

"For example we have 45 players between 16 and 21. You need to keep 20 from 19 to 21. Among this 20 not many have a realistic chance to play one day for the (Arsenal) first team.

"If you multiply that by 20 you have 400 players in professional top clubs who have no real chance to ever play for the first team.

"It would be better for them to play somewhere. They know as well they will never play for the Arsenal first team or Manchester first team. It is demoralising for them to be there."

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