Understood, but does not make him a product of Arsenal's Youth System (i.e. Jack Wilshere). Although, like you said its great he can count as homegrown for us, what a bargain 7m looks like now.
Ah sorry misunderstood your point. I agree to a certain extent, but at what age do you think they should be in the academy to count as a product of rather than just a player they signed at a young age? I'm not sure on that one myself. Have to agree about the bargain he has been.
But with Clichy my understanding is that he wasn't signed by Arsene at such a young age to go straight to the youth set-up. He made 22 First team appearances his first year with the club, im not sure how much he even played for the Arsenal youth team if at all?
I look at him like Phil Jones this year for United. If five years United fans want to say he is a product of Man United's youth policy, such as Arsenal fans did with Clichy I will not agree. Cannes, and Blackburn made the finished product, that both teams improved.
TBF we have done the same with Denis Suarez buying him from Celta Vigo. If this lad goes on to be the talent that everybody seems to think he will be in time, has he come through our academy? We'll say yes others will say no. Anybody remember a certain Ryan Wilson who played for us many moons ago!!
Was he a product of our School of Excellence or those thieving Rag scumbags school of Excellence.