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Arsenal best team in England for nurturing talent – report

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Arsenal are the best team in England for nurturing young talent.

The Gunners have produced more Big Five league players than any other team in the country.

Barcelona and Real Madrid comfortably lead the way, having guided 42 youngsters into any club within LaLiga, the Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A or Ligue 1.

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But of all English teams from any division, Arsenal sit top with 25.

The Gunners academy had been famous for churning out top talent until the past decade or so.

However, it’s enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment, with the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka arguably two of the first names on Mikel Arteta’s team-sheet.

Outside of the club, Serge Gnabry, Joe Willock, Alex Iwobi and Eberechi Eze all count as Arsenal academy products, adding to their tally of 25.

And Arsenal now lead Manchester United and Chelsea (both 23) in the academy products in Europe’s Big Five leagues, according to CIES Football Observatory.

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French giants Lyon (32), Rennes and PSG (both 30) join Barca and Real in leading the Gunners – with Saint-Etienne level on 25.

United and the Blues complete the top ten with 23 – with Manchester City only the fourth-best in England in terms of academy production with 20, despite the emergence of Phil Foden and Co.

Tottenham (14), Southampton (12), Leeds (11) and Liverpool (10) are the only other Prem clubs to hit double figures.

Everton and Aston Villa (both 8) complete the Premier League’s top ten.

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