Arsenal’s transfer prototype detailed as former scout identifies key attributes

Former Arsenal scout Francis Cagigao has opened up on the sort of player he was tasked with identifying.

The 50-year-old was a major casualty after the Gunners made 55 members of staff redundant in August.

But during his time at the north London club he unearthed several gems such as Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie.

All of those were during Arsene Wenger's reign, where he was asked to seek players who fitted the system.

The French manager placed an emphasis on Arsenal players being able to make the right decisions from a young age who could also step up technically.

"We looked for a prototype of player for Arsenal," said Cagigao "There are fantastic players, but they are not necessarily your club's prototype.

"What is the philosophy, the culture, of your football club? Once that is identified you look at the players that fit that culture, that way of playing."

"Arsene used to call it that smell for the game that a player had, that something special. There are certain players where you can see it just in the warm-up, especially if you're watching, say, a youth game."

"Player intelligence, players who could adapt to a high technical performance, to an expansive way of playing the game, which is what Arsene wanted, especially in those early years.

"It's important to look at a player's decision making from an early age. That combination of intelligence and intuition"

“When they are at development level those players in a very short space of time go from those you can sign for next to nothing to being £100m players, but it all starts with player identification."

Francis spoke exclusively to European Football expert Guillem Balague for his YouTube channel

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