This year Robin Van Persie will be 29, Rosicky 32 Benayoun 32, Arteta 30, Kozzer 27, Mertesacker 28, Vermaelen 27, Santos 29 and blimey, even Alex Song will be 25 and he is the current poster boy for project youth.
All the above players have been the bedrock of consistency this season when playing and fit, so what does that tell you? It should tell you that outside of a chosen few like Oxo, Cesc, Messi and Wilshere, players don’t become really good until they are past 25, look at the invincibles, what was their average age?
Add to that playing kids too early results in constant injuries and inconsistency, then the case for older ready made players has been proved, albeit inadvertently, by Wenger himself.
If he wants proof that playing kids gets injuries, listen to what Theo is saying, now he’s 23 he’s not afraid of injuries anymore, that comment alone proves my point. The point I’ve been making about project youth since 2005 that is.
Benayoun has angered so many chavs it’s laughable, the old crock has come back to haunt them, even I thought signing him on loan was a desperate act, well it was, but the gamble paid off!
Anyway, it should have taught us that raising a team of kids does nothing but make other teams happy, happy that we trained them and had them in our first team when they were learning their trade, then going to others when they were older and wiser, Cesc, Ade, Nasri to name but a few. Regardless of what people think of Nasri and Ade, they are good players.
Anyway, we need to move on and put this season behind us, hope that the manager has finally learned his lesson and pray that he will buy Robin what he needs to be unbeatable next season, and that isn’t kids.
Strangely enough I wouldn’t throw money at Robin, he has 18 months left on his contract so I would offer him a new one, but not a daft one, he owes us for 8 years on the treatment table and we owe him a few trophies, so use the money to bring in the talent we need to be a force. Make a statement.
We will qualify for Europe so attracting players won’t be a problem, I can’t remember the last time teams laughed at us for giving them a great loanee, Wilshere aside! So get shot of all the players we all know will never play for us and start again. Hoyte, Murphy, Bendtner, Denilson etc, etc you all know who I mean.
Then all the overpaid hapless players like Squillaci, Chamakh, Park, Fabianski and Almunia and if we pay them too much for other teams to take them then take the difference out of Wenger’s wages, he paid them.
Ok I know that won’t happen so cut our losses and pay them off, we can’t keep players that are rubbish because someone overpaid them, that’s insane.
Dempsey I like but not at his age, we should be looking at players from 25, unless they are exceptional like M’Vila or Goetze and stop buying players that take a year to work. Playing 30 year olds is fine, but buying them isn’t.
I also think signing a big name would send out a message and would be very tempted to go for a Hazard rather that shelling out massive pay rises. Players should get pay rises when we win things, not just to keep them.
I would like to think we’ll play Bennayoun on the left (this season) instead of Gervinho (when fit) because for me Gervinho hasn’t been that good and Benayoun has given much more to the team, and that’s what this team should have, players that deserve the spot and not certain peoples favourites.
Hopefully Jack will return to play for us soon, he seems fit enough to do Pepsi Max ads, I would love to see him back in this team, we would look even better.
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That’s it for today and it wasn’t even a rant.
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