So in this dire down time of the English game we may have a new star, Benik Afobe who was prolific for the academy team has scored a hatrick against european giants Cyprus, it doesn’t matter who the opposition is, it’s international and they all count, well done that man.
Maybe we should start giving some of our kids some playing time, especially if they know where the goal is, he was in good company, the Ipswich boy Wickham was on show, but it was our boy who got the hatrick.
I have always believed that if you’re good enough, you are ready, and if you aren’t, no amount of playing time will change that, sure we have had players over the years that have improved with game time, Parlour and Flamini are testament to that, but if we have kids like Wilshere and Ramsey that click from the off, I believe we should blood them, JET is another that may benefit.
I have only seen Afobe once or twice, but his record speaks for itself, I remember when we had two in the reserves under George Graham, Kevin Campbell and Andy Cole, George decided to go with Campbell, I understand there were issues with Cole so we shipped him out to Bristol City, but I also remember when I first saw him in the Charity Shield and he almost broke Schmeichel’s crossbar.
Would it hurt against teams that aren’t top 4? I would give it a go. In another month we’ll have Robin, Nikki B, Ramsey, Cesc and Theo back in contention, I would use this time to give the Afobe’s a chance, at least in between Robin, Nikki and Theo’s next bout of injuries anyway.
I also think if we don’t try out Chezzer or Mannone before January then we should stick an early enquiry in for Reina, he is what we need, young enough and it would please Cesc, Liverpool look like they are going under and if they lose 9 points then Reina won’t want to stay, they will also have to let him go as they will be run by administrators, and although it may not be a fire-sale, there aren’t too many teams out there that will be able to pay them what they would find acceptable.
With Sagna out, I’m thinking shove Eboue in there, he’s better in my book anyway. So if we get lucky with injuries and we make some cute signings, could this be our January team?
Sagna Koscielny Veramelen Gibbs
Ramsey Cesc Nasri
With a bench of Arshavin, Chamakh, Bendtner, Diaby, Squillaci, Djourou, Clichy, Rosicky, Afobe, JET, Vela, Denilson, Song and Chezzer
Yes I know I probably have too many subs, but at least we’ll have a bunch to choose from. Now I think that mob would send a shiver down the premier league’s spine, and don’t forget if we are competing in 3 cups, we’ll need a big bench. And most of that bench will be injured anyway. Now with that little lot around, do we really need so many youngsters in the squad costing us money? I would keep Lansbury, Aneke, Freeman, Frimpong, Nordtveit, Bartley and Eastmond, but how many of the others in that age group do we really need?
Another week of nothing, but it will be fun watching the Liverpool saga unfold, I bet the Everton fans are enjoying it! We get a chance to see a few Arsenal players play for England, then we can start to think about the Birmingham game, boy it’s been for ever!
Have a great day Grovers, it will soon be upon us!
If you haven’t heard already, Arsenal have signed up to a deal with a firm called YES. They’ll be allowed to show delayed Arsenal games over the web. Here is the press release.