Arsenal is the role model
'Arsenal is the club model that Pompey should look to copy', not my vote, yours - although these findings from Barefoot Pompey's poll are thoughts that I agree with to be honest...
Unlike so many clubs these days Arsenal are not spending millions upon millions, by that I mean £15-£20m or so on a couple, or a few players every transfer window - do not get me wrong Arsenal have been known to 'splash the cash' but not to the extent some of the other 'top clubs' do.
They have a fantastic conveyor belt of talent that just keeps on producing, and to be fair Arsene Wenger gives 'the cream of the crop' a chance - is this not something to try and emulate?
I know I would be happy to see Pompey constantly churning out youngsters!
So, why not aim for this...
We do not want to be a 'selling club', but lets be realistic, sometimes you need to sell to grow! Occasionally if we could produce a real gem them we will probably have little option but to do so, we could then put a percentage of this back into the development fund and start over.
Of course this takes time and effort, but I hope this is time, effort and money we WILL invest.
Whilst the chances of having a conveyor belt like they do, and 'Arsenal good' and 'Pompey good' are different things, just think of the money we could save in transfer fees - not to mention those poxy agent fees - if we can produce our own players, also look at the money we 'might' generate at times.
In terms of doing things that way, I think we could do much worse than model ourselves on Arsenal
Although it terms of Ashburton Grove, which is a nice stadium, I am not sure I would want us to have a similar one for us (if we ever see this move or development) to play in as it does not seem to generate a very good atmosphere, unless that is just because some of prawn sarnies within it...
Before we move on what are your thoughts on what the last poll concluded? You know what to do, thoughts below please guys...
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