Sunderland boss Roy Keane has claimed that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is receiving too much praise for his current crop of youngsters at the Emirates Stadium, with the former Manchester United midfielder claiming that the majority of Wenger’s young guns are brought in from abroad rather than come through the youth set-up at Ashburton Grove.
Gunners boss Wenger has been taking the plaudits for some time now in his ability to bring youngsters through into the first-team at the North London club, with the Frenchman using the Carling Cup to blood new talent.
However, when it comes to bringing young English players through the system the story is quite different, with David Bentley, Jermaine Pennant and Steve Sidwell the most notable not to make the grade at Arsenal, but going on to play for other top Premier League teams.
“The word on the street is they have a group of kids coming through that will be absolutely outstanding,” Keane said in The Sun.
“But you go on about the kids coming through but a lot of them have been bought from other clubs, not through the academy at Arsenal. It’s the same with Chelsea.”
The next generation of Arsenal kids has a more English feel to it however, with Jack Wilshire already being tipped for stardom and Henri Lansbury and Kieran Gibbs also thought to have the ability to make it at the Gunners.
Keane has also revealed the difficulties in recruiting young talent on Wearside, due to the location of the Black Cats. With Keane even joking if there are any good fish, with half of his catchment area in the water.
Keane added: “We have tough battles up here in terms of signing young players and are restricted in terms of our location.
“You can only bring in kids from a certain radius and a lot of our radius is in the water. Any good fish out there?”