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I think the level of football at the top now is extremely high and with all the top clubs spending heavy this summer the quality will improve even more, so the question is, will Arsen be able to give the young talent the chance against these teams or do we follow suit and bring in our own proven quality.
Blooding one or two players is a risk but 3s and 4s is suicide and not many top clubs do this anymore, hence Arsenal haven't won anything for ages!
It's a fine balance between educating your young players and weakening the team, I don't think we have had the blend right for some time now and results have supported that.
I think the exception to the case is Oxlade, but he is very much an impact player.
I would sooner Arsen brought in some more quality and let the youngs guns spend another season either on loan or as squad players learning their trade slowly but from quality players.
We are still short of quality and a keeper, two defenders, 2 midfielders and a forward is ideal, but we will probably end up with Podolski + 2 more.
The issue about RVP is key to whether we bring in another forward or not. I think we should anyway, but money talks!
Raider you bring up an important point about blooding youth. Some players like Fab, Wilshere, Szczesny are the easy ones as they pretty much go straight into the team. Most other youngsters at Arsenal will be dipped in and out of the team, but there is a temptation to rely on the experienced players which means a lack of match time. Therefore we over play the experienced core of players which is no good for Arsenal. The truth is Arsenal can only guess which youngsters will make it, so loaning players out gives us a chance for players to learn their trade and prove themselves without hurting Arsenal's results.
In general I think the first team needs more ready made players. And the youngsters need game time on loan to gain experience and confidence. However, it is about balance because you do want talented youth players to have the opportunity to come through so you can't have too many players blocking their ways.
Actually, with your lack of spending policy one thing is a certainty youth will always get a chance at Arsenal !!!