Wenger not convinced by transfer ban

September 16th, 2009

While other managers seem to be queueing up in support of the proposed transfer ban of under 18′s, Arsene Wenger believes that the idea is flawed.

The recent decision by Fifa to ban Chelsea from the next two transfer windows has sparked a number of allegations against Premier League football clubs for ‘poaching’ young footballers. It has been suggested that a total ban on the transfer of under 18′s will solve the problem but Wenger thinks that this could lead to some players failing to fulfil their potential.

In a recent press conference, the Arsenal boss highlighted Lionel Messi as an example of a player that has benefited from the current system.

Wenger said:

“Messi is a good counter-example of what Fifa is fighting against,

“They [Barcelona] took Messi from Argentina at the age of 12, paid for his medical treatment and brought his entire family over. You can ask whether that is right or wrong, but Messi today is the best player in the world.

“In Barcelona he got a good education and was looked after medically. Should you forbid that? Maybe Messi would still have got a good education in Argentina, but not all the boys will.”

Arsenal are widely renowned for the quality of their youth system and current captain Cesc Fabregas is just one of their players to have made a big impact after completing a transfer at a young age. Fabregas joined from Barcelona aged 16 in 2003 and is now a key player for club and country. Wenger believes that the move has helped to speed up his development.

“As for Fabregas, he has not wasted his time here but he could have also played in the under-17′s at Barcelona.” said the Frenchman.

“We took advantage of a period at Barcelona that was messy.”

Unfortunately for Wenger, not every club plays by the rules and it seems likely that Fifa will have to introduce a ban in an attempt to keep the peace. A number of Premier League clubs currently have complaints against their name and while Arsenal’s reputation remains untarnished, the days of the child transfers appear to be numbered.

Tags: Messi, Transfer ban, transfers, wenger

5 Responses to “Wenger not convinced by transfer ban”

  1. thomas Says:

    Arsenal is about making the past mistake they have been making for the past four years, there is no way the club would make it with this youth policy, we have had enough youth it´s time add more mature player by January. In all fifa is right in checking the train in youth policy so that some clubs will not take advantage of them.

  2. thomas Says:

    I wonder why wenger did not buy more players in the last transfer window, other clubs are looking for whom to buy wenger and board are looking for whom to sell, is Arsenal a trading club?

  3. Robb Says:

    There are some really great football blogs around and yours is one of the best.

  4. waden Says:

    They still survive pal, with the recent players

  5. Carley Stanton Says:

    My team is out. So much for France this year. That was a fast exit. I just assumed that they had a good chance to do well in this years world cup. Maybe in 4 years. Maybe its time to jump on the Argentina bandwagon. Looks like Demichelis has already scored. Go Argentina. To cheer me up from that devastating loss by France, I have been listening to some funny jokes..

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