Over the last few days we have heard that Wenger has secured the signings of Carl Jenkinson, Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin. Jenkinson is 19 years old and the other two are still just 16 years old.
Arsene Wenger always talks about how signing ‘big named players’ will kill his youth/reserve players chances of a career with us but surely the more youth he buys, the more youth he ‘kills’ along the way doesn’t he?
Here is a list of our British youngsters and our overseas youngsters with their ‘job role’ described as it is on our clubs website…….
British Reserves, Youth and Scholar’s
Conor Henderson – 19 years old – A technically astute, ball-playing midfielder
Nicholas Yennaris – 18 year old talented footballer who is comfortable in central defence, right back or in midfield.
Chuks Aneke – 17 year old intelligent ball-playing midfielder
Thomas Cruise – 20 year old left back or central defender
Jamie Edge – 17 year old Powerful midfielder
Roarie Deacon – 19 year old left winger/striker
Daniel Boateng – 18 year old – can play anywhere in the defence
LukeFreeman 18 year old striker
Emmanuel Frimpong 19 year old central midfielder – Ghana or England.
Rhys Murphy – 20 year old striker
Gavin Hoyte – 20 year old right/centre back
George Brislen-Hall – 20 year old left footed defender
Jernade Meade – 18 year old highly talented left-sided player
Ben Glasgow – 16 year old right back
James Campbell – 17 year old defender
Samir Bihmoutine – 17 year old left back or left midfield
Jordan Wynter – 17 year old who can play across all positions in defence and midfield.
Steven Smith – 16 year old defender, left or central
Nigel Neita – 17 year old powerful striker
Jeffrey Monakana 17 year old pacey midfielder
Alban Bunjaku – 17 year old attacking midfielder
Zak Ansah – 17 year old striker
Philip Roberts 17 year old Irish centre forward
Callum Webb 17 year old Irish holding midfielder
Josh Rees – 17 year old box to box midfielder
Craig Eastmond – 20 year old holding midfielder
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas – 20 year old midfielder/striker
Henri Lansbury – 20 year old box to box midfielder
Mark Randall – 21 year old midfielder
Benik Afobe – 18 year old striker
Sanchez Watt – 20 year old striker
Kyle Bartley – 20 year old central defender
Oversea’s Reserves, Youth and Scholars.
Ignasi Miquel – 18 year old Spanish Centre Half
Ryo Miyaichi – 18 year old Japanese winger
Gilles Sunu – 20 year old French striker
Samuel Galindo – 19 year old Bolivian midfielder
Francis Coquelin – 20 year old French holding midfielder
Pedro Botelho – 21 year old Brazilian left back/left midfielder.
Wellington – 18 year old Brazilian striker
Elton Monteiro – 17 year old Swiss ball-playing centre-back
Oguzhan Ozyakup – 18 year old Dutch technical and astute central midfielder
Sead Hajrovic – 17 year old Swiss right back/centre back/midfielder
Kyle Ebecilio – 17 year old Dutch central midfielder
Martin Angha – 17 year old highly talented Swiss defender (Just signed pro contract)
When you look at numbers alone, the British players totally out number the overseas don’t they.
Also, look at how many over the age of 19 years old we have on our books that you and I know will probably never make it in the first team at Arsenal.
We all talk about selling players in the first team quad who never fail to disappoint all too often, surely it’s time to cull the reserves and youth in the same way?
Talent should determine whether they are good enough or not, BUT, if we keep buying overseas players, it will destroy any chance of their English counter parts from getting a fair chance to prove they really have what it takes and surely it will destroy the chances of others in a similar age/standard group.
I’m not suggesting Wenger is against buying/playing the English players, but it does seem more difficult for them to make a break through, until this last season with Wilshere and Gibbs. Look how long it took Walcott to finally get more than 10 minutes in a game!
So who’s career will be ‘killed’ by Carl Jenkinson, Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin? The above list suggests it could be a few.
Then look at some of our players who have been on loan, surely one or two are ready to get their chance next season.
Would you rather see on the bench?
Denilson or Lansbury?
JET or Bendtner?
Bartley or Miquel?
I know my three answers, what is yours??
Arsene Wenger buys youth but he doesn’t play them does he? Then he buys more youth for the positions we already have young players earmarked to perform well in? What is the point?
Jack Wilshere is the first real young player to get his chance in the first team and he was 18 years old. Wenger sticks with his favourite players as if he is prepared to wait and wait, in hope they will come good one day. Reality is, they won’t so why not just cast them aside and play another youth/reserve player?
Jack showed age doesn’t matter didn’t he? He’s just won 41% of fans votes for Arsenal Player of the Season, maybe it’s time that other younger players actually got the chance to show they are ready too?
Some of our so-called kids are ready to fledge their ‘Wenger Nest’ – they need to be let go and show what they can do on the pitch for Arsenal! I’m not talking about the 16 & 17 year olds, I’m talking about the older ones who have come through and looking at out reserve/youth squad, we have quite a few. I’m not talking about throwing them into the starting eleven away to Stoke either!
If they are deemed not good enough, why do we keep them?
I think Wenger stifle’s youth instead of letting them progress so why does he bother in the first place?
After all, doesn’t he believe in ‘Project Youth’ ?