Arsene Wenger talks-up Arsenal wonderkids with 'inner dogs'

Hector Bellerin, Jon Toral and Gedion Zelalem are just three puppy Gunners currently on tour in USA, but who will have the biggest bark?

Arsene Wenger gave an intriguing talk about his success rate in discovering youth prospects in football at an Emirates Business Breakfast in the team's hotel in New York City this morning, Thursday, by claiming that there are three types of driven characters but is attracted to the ones who are like dogs.

"There is the kid who battles with himself, the real champions, the guy who is driven by an inner motivation and has a consistent desire to be better because he has to be better," said the Frenchman, a 64-year-old responsible for the nurturing of talents as diverse as Thierry Henry, Francesc Fabregas and Aaron Ramsey, to the club's official website.

"The second guy battles with others," he continued. "He wants to show others he is better than them and he is ready to go out and show that. The third guy is a different case, he wants to be respected by others.

"At the top level of competition you find these types of people. They have a mixture of the three characteristics but there is a dominant one there. I personally am inner driven. You want people who are consistently driven, you want ones like dogs who always want more. We try to identify that and try to make them stars."

Wenger has mixed his senior or more established Gunners with a number of reserve and youth players to make up his 20-man squad tasked with engaging in a brief pre-season tour of USA.

The unit have already experienced New Jersey and will soon take on New York Red Bulls on Saturday, July 26.

But out of all Wenger's young Guns, or puppies, who - Hector Bellerin, Isaac Hayden, Ignasi Miquel, Kristoffer Olsson, Jon Toral, Gedion Zelalem and Chuba Akpom - will end up with the biggest bite/loudest bark?

Despite the potential possessed by Bellerin - who has out-shone his peers on numerous occasions playing as a defender at Under 21 level - or 18-year-old Akpom who has struggled to assert himself on loan spells, it is Zelalem who has caused a great buzz around North London due to his ability on the ball, his eye for a pass and the inter-country fight over his national allegiance.

He is exciting - and could turn out to break into the first-team squad imminently, akin to the impact of Serge Gnabry.

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