Arsenal’s English core: the ultimate gift to Wenger’s successor?

Arsenal's British core is developing a taste for silver...

Arsenal’s British core is developing a taste for silver…

England is the home of football. England is the home of the oldest cup competition in the world, the FA Cup. It is also home to one of the strongest leagues in the world, the Barclays Premier League. But why are the English players underperforming?

Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, James Ward Prowse, Danny Welbeck, Luke Shaw and so many others have all failed to live up to expectation.

Take a look at these players’ abilities: the pace of Sterling, Chamberlain and Walcott, the power of Welbeck and Barkley, the technique of Wilshere and Ward Prowse. These players have everything to succeed and become the best players in the world, but what’s going on?

As soon as a promising English player starts to show his talent, the media comes up with headlines and rumors. And some players have to handle that kind of pressure at the young age of 16-17.

On top of that, the transfer price of an English player is ridiculous. Raheem Sterling for £49m, rumors of a John Stones transfer to Chelsea for £30m and the transfer of Adam Lallana to Liverpool last season for £25m..!

Exorbitant prices aren’t helping English players develop, in fact, it hinders their development.

That brings us to our English core of players at Arsenal.

Arsenal's British Core - incredible image by @Lagvilava

Arsenal’s British Core – incredible image by @Lagvilava

Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson.

Ability wise, these players are quality. Theo Walcott’s pace and movement is incredible. Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pace, power and ball control is a joy to see. Jack Wilshere’s technique and play brings him close to Isco and other Spanish midfielders. Danny Welbeck has the perfect ingredients to be a world class striker. Calum Chambers can be compared to Marc Bartra of FC Barcelona if not better. Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson aren’t far away from becoming great full backs as well.

So why do we call Marc Bartra the next Carles Puyol when we have a young Calum Chambers with similar abilities? Why do we call Isco world class, but doubt Jack Wilshere’s ability?

From an English player’s market point of view, and taking into consideration Sterling’s latest transfer, our English players would be worth:

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain £50m

Theo Walcott £35m

Danny Welbeck £25m

Jack Wilshere £42m

Calum Chambers £22m

Kieran Gibbs £15m

Carl Jenkinson £12m

Having said that, I believe Arsenal have the best English talents around and with Arsene Wenger at the helm they will only get better and hopefully reach their full potential very soon.

Will Wenger still be around when his English youngsters mature?

Will Wenger still be around when his English youngsters mature?

Arsene Wenger knows how to deal with these situations and in a couple of years, these players will be the core of the team waiting for the next manager to come in after Wenger calls it a day.

Thanks for reading.

Daniel Baz

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2 Responses to Arsenal’s English core: the ultimate gift to Wenger’s successor?

  1. Ian Smart July 28, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

    Good article and there are many more young English players coming through.

  2. Gooner49 July 28, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    Well said. COYG!!!!!!!

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