A study has revealed that Arsenal depend on their academy graduates far more than any other team in the Premier League.
- Arsenal give more minutes to their academy graduates than anyone else in the Premier League
- Manchester City are one of the least reliant
- Manchester United played the highest number of academy graduates last season
Having a good group of young, home-grown players forming the core of the squad has always been one of Arsene Wenger’s goals. So he might be pleased to know that no other club in the Premier League uses academy players more than he does.
That’s according to a study conducted by Press Association Sport, which revealed that the proportion of Premier League minutes given to academy players was the highest at Arsenal.
Academy graduates accounted for 19.4% of the Premier League minutes given to players last season, with Hector Bellerin receiving the most. The Spaniard played 2,498 minutes last season, while Alex Iwobi played 1,462 minutes and Francis Coquelin played 1,785.
Manchester United played the most academy graduates out of everyone (10), but didn’t give them as many minutes.
Manchester City, meanwhile, had the lowest total of UK-developed players, and gave the most minutes to players developed outside of Europe.