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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: This is how I judge a young player’s character

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that observing a young player during a match gives him the best idea of his character.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has explained how he assesses a young player who has been recently promoted to the first team.

The North London club have given first-team debuts to a number of youngsters over the last couple of years or so, such as Serge Gnabry, Hector Bellerin, Gedion Zelalem and Damian Martinez.

It is not always easy to choose which players are ready for the first team, but Gunners manager Wenger claims that there is no better way to judge a youngster than to observe him during a match.

‘We make personality profiles for young players who develop here, but there is actually no better observation of a boy’s character than to watch him play’, the Frenchman told the Arsenal Magazine.

‘It tells you more than any of the tests. After 10 or 15 minutes you can see a approximation of what a boy’s character is – is he selfish, is he generous, is he enthusiastic, is he inhibited, is he fair, is he passionate about the game?

‘All these things come out through the game, because once you are on the football pitch you leave all your social education and you become who you really are. Observation of a player during a game is the personality test you can have’.

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