Arsenal gave their academy graduates more playing time than any other Premier League side last season, a study has concluded.
The investigation conducted by Press Association Sport discovered 6,628 of Arsenal’s total Premier League minutes – 19.4 per cent of the Gunners’ total – were played by graduates of their youth set-up, with six players contributing to that tally.
Burnley were the only side to use players developed exclusively in the UK or Europe – with UK-developed players accounting for 85 per cent – but the Clarets were one of only two sides who did not give a single minute of action to one of their own homegrown players, along with Swansea.
Manchester City had the lowest total of UK-developed players (14 per cent). They used only four players who came through from UK-based academies, with Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), John Stones (Barnsley) and Fabian Delph (Leeds) joining City youth product Kelechi Iheanacho.
Watford’s percentage of UK-developed players was the second-lowest, at 17.2 per cent, while Man City also had the greatest proportion (41 per cent) of players developed outside Europe.
The top six teams in the league – Chelsea, Tottenham, City, Liverpool, Arsenal and United – all finished in the bottom eight in terms of minutes played by UK-developed players.