Hector Bellerin says Arsenal fans should be proud of youth development

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The Gunners saw their youngsters perform well last season, and Bellerin says the fans should be proud.

Hector Bellerin has told the club’s official website that fans should be 'proud' of the club’s development of young players.

Bellerin was one of several young stars to feature regularly in the Gunners first-team last season, with Francis Coquelin enjoying an impressive breakthrough year and Calum Chambers catching the eye in his debut campaign in north London.

Another graduate of the youth system at Emirates Stadium is Jack Wilshere, and Bellerin says when these players come through, Arsenal fans can take heart from seeing home-grown talent develop.

“When players like Francis, Jack or myself come up, the fans should be proud that their team is doing what they’re doing. That’s a great thing Arsenal do,” he told arsenal.com.

“The fans rate that Arsenal don’t just buy players, they make them the players they are. Arsenal fans are really proud of that and I think that’s a great thing."

An impressive system that others will adopt

Given the performances of Arsenal’s youngsters last season, Bellerin is right to suggest that fans should be proud of what the club is doing away from the first-team scene.

Aside from the players already mentioned, they have also seen the likes of Cesc Fabregas become international stars at the club, while players such as Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been developed after signing from elsewhere.

Indeed, it is a system that many are now trying to adopt, with Chelsea having looked to develop their youngsters in recent years and Manchester City investing heavily in their academy set-up.

With Financial Fair Play also taking on added importance, it is an approach that increasingly makes sense, with the big clubs being restricted in how much money they can spend in the transfer market.

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