Noble critical of Gunners
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 21-year-old left Highbury for West Ham in January, as he looked to secure first team football.
The likes of Steve Sidwell, Matthew Upson and Ben Chorley also left or were told they could leave Higbury in January and Noble is critical of his former employers.
"It is very hard for the English lads at Arsenal," he explained.
"Apart from Ashley Cole there hasn't really been one that has gone through the ranks - it's worrying.
"Arsenal are one of the best teams in Europe with the best players and it had become a dead end for me there. I could have done well given a run in the side."
One of the other young English players at Arsenal who has struggled to make the breakthrough is Jermaine Pennant.
He has just returned to the club after a loan spell with Watford and he too has expressed his unhappiness at not yet getting a chance in Arsene Wenger's first team.
However, reserve team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki feels Pennant will still make the grade
"It is great to have him back," said Pennant.
"He's had a wonderful experience at Watford and all the vibes coming back say that he has done well and is ready to kick on.
"Jermaine knows the challenge that lies ahead and hopefully he'll grasp it.
"We have a lot of first-team games coming up and we need everyone available.
"He is always such a threat and it is lovely to have players of that ilk who can beat anyone in a one-on-one situation."