Here are my thoughts after getting involved in some VIP treatment at Barnet yesterday!
Here was the first half team:
Sagna – Nordtveit – J.Hoyte – Clichy (c)
Lansbury – Denilson – Ramsey – Traore
Walcott – Bendtner
Nordveit: First thing to note is that he is very classy on the ball, he makes a lot of time for himself and he defends quite stylishly. The second thing that strikes you is that he is tiny in build… he needs to put on another 10kg before he can be considered as a serious option in defence because he will get eaten alive by Drogba and Co.
Lansbury: I was looking forward to seeing this chap playing… he certainly looks the part, but that was as far as it went yesterday. His control wasn’t particularly tight and he didn’t really get involved with the play which was a shame.
Ramsey: Ok, I didn’t think he set the world alight but I liked what I saw. He is quite a big boy and he loves to get stuck in. He has vision as well… he was spraying passes round with ease. I think he may need some ‘Arsenal’ beaten into him… a lot of his passes were in the long ball shape of things… but regardless, he looked special.
Just before I move over to the second half… It is worth mentioning that Justin Hoyte looks like he has bulked up a bit over the summer… I thought he had a pretty solid performance.
Ogogo – G.Hoyte – Rodgers – Steer
Wilshere – Randall (c) – Coquelin – Barazite
Simpson – Fonte
The second half was spent mainly going… ‘Who’, ‘Where is he from’… ‘Is that Robert Pires?’
Rodgers: Like Like Like! He is big, composed and he likes to bomb forward. I’ve heard many good things about this lad and it would be nice if a youth teamer from England could break into the first team! Let us hope this man can do it!
Randall: Ok, I think I have my new player no one else likes, but I do! His passing was a bit crap yesterday, but I thought the fact he kept going back for more was reassuring. He is tall, elegant and I see a lot of potential in him… I really think he could be good for us and I’d take him over Eboue any day of the week!
Coquelin: This guy didn’t show up on the team sheet, so we did wonder who the hell this imposter was… but overall he was pretty good. He was strong in the tackle and comfortable with the short pass. Clearly the best million Euro’s we spent last week!
Bobby Pires: If you want me to tell you the name of a player who will be spending more time on the first team bench than anyone else next year, I’d say Barazite. He is big old lump, he is skillful, he loves a shot and he managed to bang on in yesterday. He looks good and he looks ready.
Jack Wilshere: Ok… important thing to remember, he is only 16. Does that stop me telling you that the boy is a flipping class act? No way! He is a little genius on the ball… he makes space out of nothing, he is tough, he has crazy skills and vision and he is all ours! This boy is breaking through like cesc… he is going to be shit hot, so believe the hype because I’ve never seen a 16 year old play like that before. I think he set up 2 of the goals (Started the moves) yesterday… I couldn’t tell though because I couldn’t see the Barnet Jumbotron from our seat?
So all in all, it was a good day, and there is some food for thought heading into the new season.
Wenger needs signings though… the kids ain’t ready by a long shot, but it is nice to know that my childrens future Arsenal viewing has been preserved!
Tune in later for a pictorial update… and the shock news of Mandingo Aloiscious Dkembe Dkembe!
*red indicates first team likelihood.