Arsenal whizkid takes swipe at City, but same applies to Sanogo selection?

Arsenal teenager Zak Ansah isn't happy with the lack of chances given to homegrown talents, referencing Manchester City, but what about his own club?

Arsene Wenger made a surprise selection at the weekend by picking Yaya Sanogo, a young Frenchman signed from Ligue 2 last summer.

The striker is however yet to score his first goal for the club and illustrate to the world quite why his manager places so much faith in him.

He put plenty of effort in against Wigan, with 10 attempts on goal, without success. Young English striker Chuba Akpom was an unused substitute at Wembley

Meanwhile a day later, Manchester City took on Liverpool in a pivotal Premier League fixture, with only one Englishman involved from the start, being goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Arsenal teenager Zak Ansah, who recently returned to under-21 action after a long injury lay-off, described Liverpool's victory as a 'win for football.'

Liverpool beating City today was a win for football, city started with one English player , the goalkeeper it's not right if you ask me?

— Anss (@ZakAnsah) April 13, 2014

How do we expect to produce players in this country when our top teams opt to buy foreign talent instead of giving homegrown talent a chance

— Anss (@ZakAnsah) April 13, 2014

Talking as a football fan not a player

— Anss (@ZakAnsah) April 13, 2014

City were not so long ago a team who featured several English starters, with Adam Johnson, Joleon Lescott, James Milner, Micah Richards and Gareth Barry as well as Hart, key to their 2011/12 title triumph.

These have largely been gradually phased out as the team evolves and the club looked abroad in successive transfer windows, with only Jack Rodwell brought in from another Premier League team, who himself has struggled thanks to injuries, to make an impact.

It should not be lost on Manuel Pellegrini that City's most important player yesterday was James Milner when he came on, inspiring their second half fightback.

Yet it's unfair to single out City in this debate. Ansah may feel his own club Arsenal have their fair share of Englishmen, with Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs.

Yet the Gunners aren't without fault. The selection of Yaya Sanogo at the weekend raised as many eyebrows after the game as it did before it.

The Frenchman is clearly not ready to make his mark at Arsenal just yet, and has been asked to do too much, too soon. Could young teammate Chuba Akpom, who scored for the first team in pre-season really have done any worse?

Akpom even made a brief Premier League substitute appearance early in the campaign, but thanks to the club having Sanogo and Nicklas Bendtner on their books, he was shunted down the pecking order and sent out on brief and meaningless loan spells to Brentford and Coventry. With the club set to buy a top striker in the summer, it's a potential missed opportunity for him.

Surely it would have been more beneficial to him had Arsene Wenger kept him as back-up to Olivier Giroud, or better - signed a world class striker last summer who was an actual improvement on him, rather than a rival from another country who is almost the same age, yet in football terms on the same level?

While there are bargains to be had abroad, clubs are likely to continue with this - and it will continue to be to the detriment of homegrown talent, but no club is perfect, and Arsenal's youngster may do well to remember that.

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