Ok let me start by saying I have a question to ask about our long term plan which is to grow players, by bringing them in from all over the world which saves a lot of money on buying players, or at least that’s the plan.
Lets take our current team, yesterday I said a number of them are not young any more. I have no doubt I may have left a number of young stars out, but that’s because we have so many I can’t remember them all and I write posts from memory, not from Google.
Left side of midfield is a good place to start. I’m placing players where I think they should be, so please don’t say things like ‘he doesn’t play on the left, twit’
Currently our first team pick is Rosicky. He has a young star behind him in Nasri, behind him is Diaby and behind him is Carlos Vela, well I think anyway.
In the middle we have 22 year old Cesc Fabregas, behind him is Ramsey and behind him is Merida. Then we have Song and behind him is Denilson and behind him is Coquelin.
On the right we have Theo and behind him we have Wilshere and behind him we have Barazite.
At the back we have Clichy and behind him is Gibbs and behind him is Traore.
In the middle we have Vermaelen and Gallas and behind them we have Senderos, Silvestre and Djourou.
On the right we have Sagna, behind him we have Eboue and behind him Hoyte.
Now that doesn’t include the mass of young players we have in the Carling Cup team and there we have players like Bartley, Eastmond, Randall, Ayling, Gilbert, Sunu, and Watt.
And that doesn’t include the loanees like Simpson, Lansbury, Nordveit and Thomas (yes I know Hoyte is at Brighton for a month).
Now many of these super talented kids are around the 18 year old mark and they can’t all play, many that these kids will have to replace, are young themselves, players such as Cesc, Ramsey, Song, Walcott and Denilson, so how long are these kids going to wait?
Remember the likes of Bentley, Upson, Muamba, Sidwell and Diarra that Arsene let go because they didn’t get a look in and said they wanted first team football?
What about our forwards, this season we let Ade go to bring on Bendtner and Ade was only 25, yes I know there were problems with him, but do you see where I’m going with this.
We persevered with Rosicky through 2 years of injury, so what, do we let him go now because he’s past the witching hour? I think we have all been patient with bringing on the kids, but they can’t all play, and they won’t wait 8 years to get a shout, if Jack Wilshere waited for Theo to reach an age where he would sell him on, he’d be 7 years older, will Jack wait another 7 years?
We can’t say that Merida and Ramsey will replace Cesc if he goes next year because that’s saying we banked on Cesc until he was 23, and he won’t even peak until he’s 29, so I would like to know if the idea is to have a constant average age of 25, if we do we can get ready to say goodbye to the likes of Cesc, Nasri, Theo, Nikki B, Robin, Rosicky, Clichy, Gallas and Eduardo, if not then we can say goodbye to players like Merida, Wilshere, Ramsey and Watt.
I haven’t even touched on the keeper situation! So I won’t.
My point is we can’t keep them all, as they won’t all wait, but at the same time we can’t keep selling the young ones that have got to 25, because they are too old.
What do you think? I always said we need 2 top players in every position to cope with injuries and internationals, but with all this I haven’t even metioned the Luke Freeman’s of this world.
How many young starlets have the mancs, the chavs or the scousers got?
Have a great muse today Grovers, 4 days left until we can have a meaningful discussion again!
Don’t forget the Gooner Review premier screening tonight, you’ll have fun and be entertained. And it’s for a good cause.
The Gooner Review 08-09 Premiere Screening –
Tuesday 13th October 2009: 9-11pm
Tickets £10 / £7 concessions (Limited tickets available)
Tickets can be purchased from the link below or you can buy them from the cinema’s box office on the night: TICKETS
Introduced by Paul Kaye, the screening will be attended by the fans, former players and celebrities who featured in the film, as well as a limited number of tickets for the general public…What’s better than a cinema full of Gooners!
Copies and signed copies of the film by Bob Wilson, and signed copies of Peter Marinello’s book Fallen Idle, will be available to purchase throughout the night.
FREE CAP WITH EVERY TICKET SOLD
PLUS everyone attending the screening will have a chance in winning a book signed by Bob Wilson!