Arsene Wenger finished top of one table in his final Arsenal season


Arsene Wenger didn’t abandon his commmitment to youth when the pressure came on late in his Arsenal reign.

For the second successive season, Arsenal afforded more playing minutes to academy graduates than any other side in the Prmeier League, 7,933 minutes in all.

And in the 2017-18 campaign, they used more academy graduates than any other side, with Manchester United in second place.

The study, carried out by the Press Association, tracked the playing time of every player in England’s top tier.

Arsenal’s eight homegrown players were: Hector Bellerin, Alex Iwobi, Jack Wilshere (now departed to West Ham), Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah and Francis Coquelin.

United’s academy produced the most Premier League players and playing time in the division overall.

But champions Manchester City finished third from bottom of the table, with Phil Foden, Brahim Diaz and Lukas Nmecha combining for just 152 minutes.

Only Bournemouth and Burnley ranked lower.