I would still take him, he was given no time to show what he could do, but then being Arsenal fans, we already knew what he could do, thank goodness we didn't want Upson or Terry eh!
We are now being linked to another 18 year old starlet Christian Eriksen from Ajax, are Ajax to Arsenal what we are to Barca? Another thing the world cup has shown us is we don't need Robert Green, but I would have some of those Gerries, especially Ozil, I would buy him and Gourcuff and sell Cesc, I think if we did that and fast, we may have the answer to our Fabregas problems.
One can never tell too much from a world cup about how bad players are, often top players look crap at world cups, look at the teams on their way home, France, USA, England, Nigeria and Italy, they can't all be bad can they, what you can take from a world cup though is the good ones will generally get better.
Germany showed us how a team of youngsters can impress, they all fought for everything, but then they blended it with older and wiser players, look at Klose, 32 and he would've be out of our door two years ago, but he shredded us, maybe we should take something from the game and implement it ourselves, I thought they were fab, forget the goal that wasn't, they would have won regardless, they did to England what the mancs and chavs do to us on a regular basis, they scrapped, overpowered and stuffed us.
Maybe now Wenger will return home and get on with the serious business called Arsenal, you know, what he's really paid for. It's only 3 weeks before pre season starts and we should have our new team in place raring to go by then, if they aren't then that would be a mistake for the 6th summer running, I am backing Arsene to put that right this term.
I don't want Cesc for 'one more season' all that will do is make him richer, what we need is players in place that see their long term futures at our great club, if Barca won't stump up the money, whack him on the transfer list, someone will pay and he will know there is no way back for him, strip him of the captaincy as well, he'll go then.
If on the other hand he wants to stay, then say that and stay for a few more years. I don't think that's too much to ask do you? What's the point in signing a 15 year old only to see him leaving at 23, when he's come good? Other players that may join the leaving list are Vela, Eduardo, Eboue and Diaby. Diaby has such talent but as you've seen at the world cup, he can't do it consistently, so sometimes you have to admit you need to think of the team and not your experiment Arsene, let's have a team in place that wants to play for the club, can play for the club, and has a chance to compete on all fronts.
YES BOSS, COMPETE ON ALL FRONTS, THAT MEANS THE EPL, THE FA CUP, THE ECL AND THE CARLING CUP, AND THAT ALSO MEANS TO WIN.
We have waited for Gilbert and Simpson to come good, they clearly are on their way out now, so we need to take a long hard look at the others and be honest, if they aren't going to make it then get shot of them, we have Randall, Barazite, Fabianski, Hoyte that have all flattered to deceive, we have Wilshere, JET and Lansbury that look like they'll be great players, so stop messing around with all these 16 year old starlets and play those we have, if not, save the money and bring in a few Joe Cole's, or dare I say it an Ozil and a Gourcuff.
Have a fun filled week grovers, at least the world cup is out of the way and we can get back to our favourite team, the Arsenal, well them and Holland anyway!