Arsenal academy comes under scrutiny

Arsenal’s academy has come under heavy criticism from an ex player who claims the north London club’s youth ranks is running at a ‘limit’ according former Gunners midfielder Emmanuel Petit.

Petit claims that the club’s academy is to blame for their lack of progress and believes it needs a shake up after Arsène Wenger’s side crashed out of the FA Cup and Champions League over the past seven days and are now 11 points adrift of Leicester City on the Barclays Premier League table with nine games remaining.

“Arsenal’s academy policy is very good, up until a certain point – there is a limit,” Petit said.

“There are a lot of players coming from the academy who are good but they have failed to improve over the last three or four years.

“This has been a big disappointment for me. Players like Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere are constantly injured and they are not improving.

“They are good, but not that good, that is why they need something else in the dressing room.”

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