Earlier today, Liam Brady spoke to Talksport goons Keys and Gray. It was a very interesting listen (except when Keys and Gray were speaking), and the Irishman spoke about how bringing young players through the systm to the first team was part of Arsenal’s DNA.
He was pressed by goon 1 (I think), about what it is that makes an ‘Arsenal player’ when he’s scouting and looking at young players, but said it wasn’t quite that specific.
“You can’t really define it,” he said. “You’re looking for good players, simple as that. You don’t go looking for a keeper and say this is not an Arsenal keeper. That goes right through the positions.
“Arsenal, under Arsene Wenger, play in a very technical way. We’re looking for players who can play from the back, for example. I don’t look at a player and ask ‘Can he fit into the way Arsenal play?’
“I’m looking for football intelligence, physical capabilities, drive, determination and skill. If you get all that you’ve got yourself a player.”
Goon 2 then asked if there were things about players they could improve (there is this thing called ‘coaching’) and Brady was quick to point out what they could and couldn’t do.
“You can improve technical ability, you can improve them physically. Clubs are investing a lot of money and staff in doing that. One thing I can’t give a player is intelligence and you can’t give them determination and courage, to handle the rigours of playing in front of 60,000.
“Psychology – I think it’s something that’s come into the game, I’m skeptical or whether it can really improve a player. I don’t think you can really give a player that determination if he doesn’t have it.”
The club recently announced that Chippy would be leaving his position as Head of Youth Development some time before May 2014, and Brady said he hoped Arsenal would have another role for him.
Let’s hope so.