Arsene Wenger sees problems in 'B' team proposal
Friday 20 January 2012
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels allowing Barclays Premier League clubs to have feeder teams playing in the lower leagues would not sit well with the English football culture.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas claims the only way to ensure a conveyor belt of young talent for the first team was to revolutionise the structure of the domestic game, allowing top-flight clubs to field a 'B' team in the npower Championship.
Wenger, who took over at Arsenal in 1996, believes such a radical shake-up would be hard to implement.
"It is an idea we have heard before many times and it suits the bigger clubs, but it does not necessarily fit with the culture of English football. Why? Because everybody is supporting a club," he said.
"The supporters of Barnet do not want their club to be stopped to be promoted because the reserve team of Arsenal is in front of them.
"It is very difficult to mix the interests of the smaller clubs with the interests of the big clubs who could have a second team and could be competitive in the smaller leagues."
Wenger continued: "Then the biggest problem that they want to sort out here is for players between 18 and 21, the integration into the first team.
"It would give you a better indication of how competitive a player can be at a certain level if you can put him somewhere.
"We give our players out on loan to the lower leagues and that is not bad as well because they learn how to cope with different environments and if they manage to convince people that they can play in there they come back."
Wenger feels the forthcoming overhaul of the Premier League's Academy system should aid player development.
"They will create an Under-21 league with all the best teams in England together, that I find quite interesting," he said.
And why are 'southern' ways of speaking spreading north?
Latest in Sport
2014 World Cup draw: Roy Hodgson raises possibility of England switching base away from Rio de Janeiro
Liverpool 5 Norwich 1: Brendan Rodgers takes a swipe at Arsenal by claiming Luis Suarez is now worth '£40m and two pounds'
Transfer news: Manchester United's ambitious transfer plans at risk from possible failure to qualify for Champions League
Brazil World Cup 2014 draw: England drawn with holders Spain in official Group Stage rehearsal
Manchester City sign the 'new Lionel Messi' Brahim Abdelkader, and in doing so put one over Barcelona
- 1 Cameron's freebie to apartheid South Africa
- 2 Is this the scariest advert ever? Japanese tyre commercial comes with its own disclaimer and health warning
- 3 A forgotten episode in Russian history leaves links with the Philippines
- 4 Australian ultra-nationalist politician Stephanie Banister in car crash immigration TV interview
- 5 Nelson Mandela: From 'terrorist' to tea with the Queen