Date: 17th November 2009 at 6:23pm
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‘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…

  • What the poll asked – Which Club Model should Pompey copy?

  • How you voted – Arsenal 57%, Everton 32%, Man City 8%, Chelsea 3%

    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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