ARSENAL REBOOT PROJECT YOUTH

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I wrote about the Manchester City academy approach in mid-January. Long and short: They treat the youth market like the main market. They buy the best kids, train them in City’s vision, then pick off the elite names and flog everyone else. This approach has bagged them £265m in revenue. They regularly sell inexperienced kids for £20m+. They don’t even care that some of them treble in value when they leave.

I’d say it’s a genius approach, but that would be ignoring this is what Arsene Wenger tried to do 20 years ago, but later gave up on. City took a good idea, turbocharged it, and now it’s a viable revenue stream.

Well, a month later, the internet is reporting that Arsenal is finally moving in that direction and Per Mertesacker will be given an actual transfer budget to work with specifically for elite kids. This is brilliant by Arsenal. I like that we’re not stuck in our ways these days and if there’s a good idea, we jump on it.

More broadly, the trend towards growing your own is interesting. Clubs like Leipzig have been doing this for years and taking some wild fees in the process. Why not just replicate their system and spit out the bits you don’t like to them, versus spending £100m to see if someone is good enough? It’s also quite interesting to watch some of the shifts in taste profiles amongst the big clubs. There is a premium on 20-24 year olds these days because of all the obvious reasons… and that’s leaving a market for 26+ players who haven’t quite fulfilled their potential wide open. We’re seeing MLS move on that age bracket increasingly and the byproduct is uplevelling other leagues. It also gives clubs lower down the table the chance to invest in ‘middle-aged’ football projects. It’s notable that Arsenal fans are scoffing at the age of Ivan Toney (28) and even Frenkie (26). That’s considered old these days, when 20 years ago, it was considered the prime of a players career. Zidane moved to Madrid at 29, Beckham was 28, Figo was 27. Robin Van Persie was 29 when he went to United. You don’t see that these days. Even Madrid spend huge amounts to cream the best players from the market.

Advantages of this new strategy we’re taking on are wide ranging:

  • The players are coached in the correct system
  • You can instill Arsenal principles and behaviors
  • You have their full record of fitness and health
  • You can build them to stand up to the rigors of the game – it is no accident players like Saka are as robust as they are. Arsenal spent years working on that.
  • You can keep the best players and make a mint of those you flog with sell on clauses or even just flat out transfer fees
  • Arsenal specifically can lean into their new coaching credentials like an elite university. ‘Come to us, get coached to an elite level, have a career.’ An Arsenal education could be like having Harvard on your resume (pre all the nonsense)

All very exciting, are we about the takeover the world? I think so.

Onto the next topic of conversation. Arsenal has a VERY important game for tomorrow. Some predictions.

We’ll see Thomas Partey and Gabriel Jesus in the squad.

Saka will be back.

I won’t even hazard a guess at Zinchenko and Tomi… but it’s not a bad game to rest them both if there’s any doubt over fitness. West Ham probably suits Kiwior a little more because of his height, power, and inclination to defend a little bit more. I know Zinchenko is always a benefit going forward, but we have enough without him.

This is a banana skin of a game. West Ham has beaten us twice this season, there are lots of sub-plots, and the hardest game after a massive victory is always the next one. We cannot take them lightly and we’re at the phase of the season where every game like this is a must-win.

Ok, short one from me today, I’m off out. See you in the comments and remember: ON THE WHISTLE is LIVE on Patreon tomorrow. So if you want a piece of the sweet, sweet action, sign up for FREE today.

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S23

Fantastic performance,good substitutions-timewise,although Nelson,Eddie,Elneny and Cedric are a million miles away from our standards-Nwaneri looked very useful.
Pedro did forewarn of this,last 2 showings have been superb.

LoveSausage

We need to go on one of those City-style runs now. Every single game until we play that lot looks absolutely winnable.

salparadisenyc

“Imagine telling a Gooner even a few years ago that we’d be the best set piece side in Europe? Lol, I’m loving it.”

Still hard to take on board long may it last, imperative to keep those CBs fit what a duo.

Bob N16

Northbanker, with Elneny it was more about taking Rice off than anything else. Jorginho didn’t need to come on bearing in mind his foot issue. With CL starting again, limiting minutes of key players like this, when we can is key.

That said I can’t think of a positive question where the answer is Cedric! I know I’m not Arteta having to explain to Cedric why he preferred Walters over him but Walters should have come on, in my opinion. We’re fucked if we have to depend on Cedric to play many minutes so invest in Walters!

Bob N16

I think it helps when we play 4 CBs,like we did today, as well as Havertz. That makes for a lot of tall players. Rice can join in the fun when Saka is taking the corner. With Wenger, in his later years, he seemed to forget the value of having some height in the team.

MidwestGun

Pretty entertaining match this one.. Emery’s suicidal high line versus the Jamaican Bailey attacking the slow azz backline of United.

raptora

Finally Villa score.

salparadisenyc

Shocking defending there from United we’ve all done it. So poor.

Dissenter

The over celebration police need to have a look at that Douglas Luiz at ration

MidwestGun

Haha was wondering what that celebration was? Shaking his man boobs.

salparadisenyc

Declan put some respect on the Arsenal celebrating today, Neville and co can get fucked.

Dissenter

** The over celebration police need to have a look at that Douglas Luiz celebration

salparadisenyc

Moobs Luiz

MidwestGun

Wow.. not sure I would have taken Bailey off.. he was on fire.

MidwestGun

Lindelof and Maguire couldn’t come near him.

MidwestGun

Mchackonme with a goal. That was coming Emery doesn’t do defense to see games out.

raptora

Pretty weird that Villa has had a fantastic game vs Manure and is about to leave the game with 0 points.

Chris

Bailey was villas most dangerous player and he got taken off

salparadisenyc

The Emery high line punishes him again.

raptora

That Bailey sub was not it for sure. Diaby’s been one of the worst players on the pitch since he came in.

raptora

on*

pseudo warrior

“Pretty weird that Villa has had a fantastic game vs Manure and is about to leave the game with 0 points.”

Yes, and they got a lucky point vs Arsenal. We battered them.

Arsenal have been seriously unlucky this season in several matches.

MidwestGun

I think Villa are gonna slip on down to about 8th place .. ish by the time it’s all over.

Tom

“Mchackonme with a goal. That was coming Emery doesn’t do defense to see games out.“

Villa CB pairing, Carlos and Lenglet, total Transfermarkt worth €24m.
Any takers?
Didn’t think so.

MidwestGun

Tom. ya but you don’t have to make them start at the halfway line with 10 mins to go and a point in the cards.

LoveSausage

Goldbridge will get an aneurysm if McTominay earns himself a new contract.

Tom

Middy, that’s not how they conceded the second one

MidwestGun

Sure did Tom…. they were running back to goal and the stopped the initial attack.. and Hackonme ran on late in the vacated space

MidwestGun

Force them to build up play and they don’t concede.

MidwestGun

Seems like we are peaking at the right time this season… hopefully it continues.. Oh well.. off to go drink.. I mean watch the Super Bowl.

kpankulu

2 games running I’ve refused to watch us on TV and we’ve scored 8 goals conceding 1 which was Raya’s fault anyway. So I’d like to take credit for last 2 games and promise not to watch them again this season. [@PV4]

You must be blind. Didn’t watch the game last week but you conveniently blame Raya when it was Saliba who was responsible. Ugh.

kpankulu

My only negative from today’s game is that Havertz did not produce any red cards for the Rice-less team…but his shithousery tweet made up for it [Toney-style]. Onwards!

Pierre

Nwaneri will settle into the premier league seamlessly, he has the perfect game to succeed, outstanding technique, a low sense of gravity, plays with his head up and has the ability to make the game look easy..
Nwaneri will probably find the premier league easier than reserve football as he is playing with better footballers, some players just have the tempermant to make the jump to the premier league..
The hard part now is giving him game time, we may have to wait until the summer to see him make a real impact .

China1

Nwaneri was mad impressive That was the easiest cameo you’ll ever make in a dominant game against a team down and out – BUT you don’t expect class and confidence like that from a child. Every time he got the ball he was head up, turn forwards, dribble past one man and release it. He looked like trossard in terms of how he was playing rather than a boy. That confidence is really something for a kid and the fact he has a proper frame at his age is a gift that very few at his level have. I think… Read more »

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