'Arsenal having trouble holding onto schoolboys' - Liverpool to pounce?

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Arsenal's Academy Twitter feed is worried about the chances of the club keeping key younger players.

Liverpool could be about to take one of Arsenal’s best youngsters away from the Gunners, after taking Ovie Ejaria on trial.

The central midfielder has impressed for Arsenal’s under-16 side but is yet to sign professional terms with the Gunners as Liverpool debate whether to tie him down to a contract and poach him away from Arsene Wenger’s youth setup.

Should that happen, it’s a worrying sign for Arsenal for several reasons.

Firstly, it’s proof that a youngster doesn’t believe that Arsenal is the best place for him to approach his professional career as he starts his journey to get into the first team of a professional Premier League club.

Should Ejaria, and any other youngsters for that matter, commit to moves to Liverpool, it’s going to be down to two key factors; Brendan Rodgers’ willingness to give younger players a chance and Liverpool’s dominant current position compared to Arsenal.

This sort of thing is not new in football.

Barcelona have had huge problems in the past when it’s come to keeping hold of their younger players, frustrated at the way English and other European sides, offer teenagers incentives that they cannot match.

The Tweet from Arsenal’s Academy Twitter feed suggests that Ejaria is an isolated example of something which could become common whether it’s this summer or looking ahead over the next one or two seasons.

How Arsene Wenger can address that if he signs a new deal, is quite simple and the necessity to put more time and attention into the youth teams is something that a manager of his calibre will be well aware of.

However, he’s under pressure to put silverware in the cabinet and back up a campaign which could see his team win their first trophy since 2005 in the form of the FA Cup.

With Wenger sitting on a large pile of cash to spend this summer, one or two youngsters could well slip through the net but as long as it’s not a recurring theme then the Gunners can cope.

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