posted on Jun, 15 2003 @ 07:29 AM
Eddie Niedzwiecki believes the next generation of Arsenal talent can make their presence felt at the highest level next season.
The Arsenal Reserves manager has worked closely with Jermaine Pennant, Ryan Garry, Sebastian Svard, David Bentley and Jeremie Aliadiere, all of whom
enjoyed a taste of first-team action during the last campaign.
Niedzwiecki knows that the acid test of the young Gunners' ability is still to come, but he is confident they can bridge the gap from second-string to
"They have proved it at reserve team level, some have proved it when they go out on loan, now they have to prove it in the Premiership," he told
"That is what it is all about. This club wants to win the Champions League and the Premiership so those are the standards they know they have to get
"We talk about Real Madrid, Barcelona, Milan and Juventus because we have to drive them to get to those standards. If they don't get to those
standards then unfortunately they will not be Arsenal players."
The signs certainly look promising. Pennant scored a hat-trick in his first Premiership start against Southampton last month, Garry shone on his debut
in the same game and Aliadiere scored against West Brom last August.
With Svard and Bentley also impressing against Oxford in the third round of the FA Cup at Highbury in January, Arsène Wenger knows he has plenty of
young talent at his disposal.
"It is very encouraging that the manager is talking about these players in such high esteem," said Niedzwiecki. "I'm confident that they can take it
on to the higher stage."