I remember way back when… in the dark days… when grown men used to get heavily excited about young boys lining up in the Capital One Cup.
I could name all the players first and last names. I could tell you who they were going to be like. I could tell you about the golden future we were about to gobble up.
‘In ten years, we’ll rule the world’ said many an AKB.
Ok, so Project Youth didn’t work out.
Arsene Wenger made a fatal error with his vision… a vision that said if you bed young boys in together and they grow up holding hand skipping through the woods, they’ll stay together forever… the error was that if there’s no love for the club and the way you bring these boys over is the promise of riches and parental houses and jobs… well, those boys are going to turn into horrible little shites.
… and that’s what happened. If they weren’t good enough, they were paid too much and never left.
- Johann Djourrou
If they were good enough, they weren’t paid enough and the success wasn’t there to keep them interested.
- Robin Van Persie
- Samir Nasri
- Cesc Fabregas
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Some of those performances were incredible. Carlos Vela used to come alive. Seb Larsson always looked like he could be something. There was always some spritely talent ready to unleash havoc on an old man defence of Sheffield United or Wigan.
It was just never enough…
In the end, you had to treat them like farm yard animals.
‘Pete, don’t look at their names, you know how it ends’
So what do we have today?
Well, we’re playing Sheffield Wednesday. What do I know about these sly bastards?
Well, form is pretty good. They’ve won 4 out of their last 6 games. Their average pass length is 22m. So they’re not short passers, let’s just say that right now. A guy called Ross Wallace is their Ozil with 4 assists. Their top scorer is some chap called Forestieri… sounds like the sort of way an Englishman would ask where the woods are in Italian.
‘Wo ist das Forestieri senor?’
This evening, from Arsenal, I have no idea what to expect. Well, I do, it’ll be a run out for the fringe players. We’ll certainly be seeing some Joel Campbell and a bit of Chambers. Hopefully we’ll see some of the young kids, I’m particularly interested to see whether he brings in Bielek to the first team. The defensive midfielder turned centre back is supposed to be quite impressive.
We’ll see Petr Cech in goal as Ospina is still in the shame corner. We’ll also see run outs for Gibbs and Debuchy. I quite wanted to see Rene-Adeleide. He’s injured though. I think we may see Iwobi.
To be honest, I have no idea. This competition has gone from a kids run out to a squad run out. I really like that in a way, because the kids used to be the squad. Tonight means we can rest key players whilst giving the rest a chance to prove themselves.
I wonder whether Wenger will put Chambo in? In need of a few games… but a health risk. So maybe not?
Anyway. Enjoy the game. I have my doubts if American sport would suffer a game as unglam as this one!
SEE YOU TOMORROW EARLY! x