Some encouraging news for Arsenal came a day after watching rivals Manchester United celelebrate its third straight Premiership trophy after drawing in a league match at Old Trafford, as the Gunners youth team has brought a title to the Emirates for the 2008-09 season.
Arsenal became Premier Academy League champions after a second-half goal from Rhys Murphy provided the difference in a 1-0 win over Tottenham in the final at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
And nearing the completion of another promising season in all competitions, Arsenal’s youth squad under Steve Bould have another trophy in their sights, with their first leg of the FA Youth Cup Final against Liverpool set for Friday at Emirates Stadium.
As arsenal.com’s Declan Taylor writes, “Bould’s boys have been rampant in the Cup this season. In the previous six rounds, the Gunners have notched 19 times and conceded only six.”
In comments to Taylor after the Academy league match, Arsene Wenger believes a number of Arsenal’s FA Youth Cup stars will be able to make the first-team grade very quickly.
Fans have already seen young Jack Wilshere in action with the first team earlier this season, and the recent league match at Portsmouth saw youth team members Emmanuel Frimpong, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Francis Coquelin rewarded with a place on the bench.
“Jack Wilshere is already with us in the first team, but there are plenty of players in there who could very quickly be in our first-team squad,” the manager said on Tuesday.
“I have seen this team a few times and I like not only their quality but their attitude as well,” added Wenger. “There is something in there that shows they have personality and not only talent. I believe they will win.
“They are still a bit young but not for one player could you say ‘you will not make a career’.”