By Tony Hughes
Burnley boss Sean Dyche has said that Arsene Wenger doesn’t get enough credit for nurturing homegrown, talent before their Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon.
Wenger is celebrating 20 years in charge of Arsenal this weekend and has been viewed as a pivotal force in bringing in foreign players to the game.
In 2005 he became the first Premier League manager to put out a team with no English players in it.
However, talking in The Mail, Dyche has said that Wenger has successfully reintegrated English players into his team and hasn’t been given the credit he deserves.
“There was a time, if you remember, when there was a fully foreign XI and Arsene was questioned,” said Dyche.
“But he’s actually moulded back towards a lot of English players, particularly young English players.
“The thing I like about him is he’s never coming out and telling the world about it. He’s never come out and proved that point, ‘you all questioned me about the foreign XI but now look at all my English players’.
“He’s morphed it into his beliefs, these young English players and very high quality ones too.”
Arsenal currently have a number of key English players in their squad, with Theo Walcott currently enjoying a resurgence in the first team after Wenger has kept faith with him.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck, Kieran Gibbs and Rob Holding are all in the current squad, and Jack Wilshere and Calum Chambers are out on loan this season but still figure in Wenger’s Future plans.
Arsenal travel to Burnley in the 4.30pm Sunday afternoon Premier League fixture. The game is being shown live on Sky Sports.