Monday, 11 October 2010

Frank Arnesen: We're doing all right

The much criticized Frank Arnesen, Head of Youth Development at Chelsea Football Club, was part of the Russia revolution that took place in 2005 with the arrival of Roman Abrahmovich. Many claimed that Chelsea were spending money on bringing in stars to cover the fact that Frank Arnesen was doing nothing behind the scenes.

Many forget that Arnesen was the man who discovered Ronaldo, frankly the greatest Brazilian player after Pele. Ruud Van Nistelrooy who played for rivals Manchester United before moving on to Real Madrid and now Hamburg. Lastly, of course he discovered Arjen Robben who he eventually worked with at Chelsea.

Working with the manager with the stature of Bobby Robson, Frank Arnesen gained the skills necessary to work the top job. He moved from Tottenham to Chelsea in 2005; however, none of his finds were "great" enough until now.

Frank Arnesen, whose office is right next to Carlo Ancelotti's has been working hard and within the last 2 years his cooperation with the Italian has bore fruit.

"We knew when I came the aim in 2010-2011 was to have at least one player in the first team." 
With Gael Kakuta, Patrick Van Aanholt, Jeffery Bruma and now Josh McEachran his policy seems to be working and maybe he has given the club their new set of stars for the future. 

"I wasn`t expecting players me through two years ago - they were too young and this is one of the world`s best clubs.You can`t usually expect them to get through at that age. Now they are around 19 and 20 with the exception of Josh."
As fans of this club we should hope that Frank Arnesen keeps up his good work and we soon see more youngsters strutting their stuff on the pitch.