Arsene Wenger claims he is planning on giving some of our fringe players a chance during our pre-season tour of Asia, and insists that their performances could impact our transfer business, as reported on Arsenal.com.
We – and Wenger in particular – are known for giving youth a chance, and it has been a big part of our philosophy over the years. That seems unlikely to change now, and with a number of talented youngsters rising through the ranks we could see a few of them play a part next season.
Speaking ahead of our clash with Singapore XI on Wednesday evening, the Frenchman suggested that he would be using the upcoming games to judge some of the players who are currently on the periphery.
“As well it’s a good opportunity for me to give a chance to players who are on the fringe of the team and to see how close they are to contributing. That can influence my decisions before the transfer market is over,” Wenger said, as quoted by Arsenal.com.
While giving youth a chance is admirable, we can’t afford to rely too heavily on them in the upcoming season. We are looking to challenge for the highest honours, and we need to bring top quality players to the club if we are to have any chance of success.
He’s not wrong when he says the next few weeks will be a good chance to see how far some of our youth players have come, but hopefully the manager keeps his eyes peeled for new signings at the same time.