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Ten more Arsenal Englishmen waiting in the wings

By way of answering the critics, I did a bit of research into just how many players on Arsenal's books are English.

On Tuesday night, the Arsenal squad that faced Newcastle had more Englishmen in it than any other nationality, with Justin Hoyte, Gavin Hoyte, Theo Walcott and Henri Lansbury making up a quarter of the Gunners numbers.

Indeed, according to the official club website, five of the 29-strong first team squad are English, while in the reserves and youth squad, 16 of the 25 players featured on are English. And there are a number of other English players who don't, as yet, have profiles on the website.

Yesterday I brought you details of 10 of Arsene Wenger's young home-grown stars. To see that article, click here.

As promised, here is another batch of 10 who we might hopefully get the chance to see in the Carling Cup competition later in the season. To access more details about each player, simply click on their name to go to their profile on the Arsenal website...

1. James Dunne, an 18-year-old midfielder from Farnborough

2. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, a 16-year-old midfielder from Forest Gate

3. Rhys Murphy, a 16-year-old striker from Shoreham-by-Sea

4. Sanchez Watt, a 16-year-old midfielder from London

5. Luke Ayling, a 16-year-old defender from London

6. Craig Eastmond, a 16-year-old defender from Wandsworth

7. Kyle Bartley, a 16-year-old defender, signed from Bolton Wanderers this summer

8. Anton Blackwood, a 16-year-old defender, signed from Northampton Town this summer

9. Tom Cruise, he may have a movie star’s name, but Thomas is a promising 16-year-old defender

10. Lastly, here’s one you won’t find much detail about. Jack Wilshere is a 16-year-old striker who just can’t stop scoring. He only played two games for the youth team last season, but he impressed sufficiently to win promotion to the reserves in pre-season, where he scored. Jack played in the 3-1 win over Chelsea at the start of the youth season, then scored in the 4-1 victory over the Aston Villa Under-18s, before netting a hat-trick in his side’s 7-1 win over Watford. He also scored in the 5-0 win over Leicester last Saturday to make it five goals in four games so far this season. With the Under-18s set to take on Tottenham this weekend, let’s hope Jack can maintain that form.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on September 27, 2007 3:10 PM in
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