Keane blasts Gunners over youth development

October 9, 2008
By Soccernet staff

Roy Keane has said that Arsenal do not deserve credit for developing their young talent as they don't bring young players through their own academy.

Roy Keane
GettyImages / IanWaltonKeane: Struggling to attract young players.

The Sunderland boss believes Arsene Wenger brings in many talented teenagers from other clubs at home and abroad, but admits the North-East club have problems themselves in luring young talent to the Stadium of Light.

Keane told The Sun: "The word on the street is they (Arsenal) have a group of kids coming through that will be absolutely outstanding.

"But you go on about the kids coming through but a lot of them have been bought from other clubs, not through the academy at Arsenal. It's the same with Chelsea."

The Gunners have paid big money to bring the likes of Theo Walcott, then 17, to the Emirates while Cesc Fabregas was lured from Barcelona's youth system. Their latest recruit, 17-year-old Aaron Ramsey, was brought in this summer after impressing for Cardiff City.

Chelsea have also poached a number of young players from other clubs' academies, notably Leeds United duo Michael Woods and Tom Taiwo.

Keane casts envious eyes on Wenger's ability to bring the best youngsters to Arsenal but admits he has a tough job attracting Wearside's top young stars.

He said: "We have tough battles up here in terms of signing young players and are restricted in terms of our location.

"You can only bring in kids from a certain radius and a lot of our radius is in the water. Any good fish out there?"