Arsenal and their Spanish connection

Arsenal have reached an agreement with La Liga side Real Betis, which could see them have first choice on some of the best youngsters in Spain.

The two clubs have a partnership agreement which will see a number of Arsenal players heading to Spain on loan, in order to increase their first team experience and get some regular football.

In return Arsenal will have the option of first refusal over some of the best talent to emerge from the Real Betis youth teams and the senior side, which means the Gunners have an exclusive route to some of the best future players.

The move seems to have come about due to the impact Joel Campbell has had during his time with Betis this season, with the Spanish club reportedly so impressed with his quality and impact, they wanted to work out a partnership with the North London club.

This is very good news for Arsenal which will benefit them in two main ways, which immediately come to mind.

Firstly, they will have the option to snap up players who have been raised in Spain, where the emphasis is all about passing, retaining possession and movement, which are all things which will compliment the current Arsenal side.

It’s naturally positive because Arsene Wenger has a proven track record when it comes to taking on young players, developing them and turning them into superstars with Cesc Fabregas being one of the most recent examples.

The other obvious benefit for the Gunners is that they now have an avenue down which they can funnel players who are surplus to requirements or just don’t feature in Wenger’s first team plans.

That is a much more positive option than leaving those players to grow more and more unhappy in North London because they’re not getting the chances to play which they expect.

It also means that more players at the club can follow the example of Campbell and go out to a foreign league at a young age, where all of the emphasis is on your technique.

If some of Arsenal’s best youngsters go on loan to Real Betis, they will be mixing it alongside the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia which means they will return with those techniques hardened and improved.

Arsenal now have the ability to start shifting their brand into a very popular Spanish market, as they are one of the few English teams notorious for having a slick passing game similar to Spanish football.

It’s a partnership with some obvious benefits and ones which will develop over time. It’s a no brainer for both sides.

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