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Why Arsenals Use of Youth in Spite of Summer Signings Casts a Positive Light Moving Forward

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It is a day that signalled a shift in the way English football was heading, as Arsenal became the first Premier League side to field an entire matchday squad without a single Englishman.

Valentine's Day, 2005.



A remarkable statistic and, even more significantly, another English academy product earned a spot in the side for the 1-0 victory, with three academy stars in the lineup.



A squad severely lacking in quality both defensively and elsewhere needed serious tinkering during the window in order to both appease supporters, and set a marker moving forward in the quest for Champions League football.

Since those days, we've seen a plethora of wonderful, world-class foreign players grace the English game.

Crystal Palace at home.

Of course, after years of failing to launch a meaningful assault on the Premier League title, Arsenal fans have been crying out for marquee, big-name signings that can propel them back among Europe's elite.
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