Two things on my mind and they don't involve Cesc Fabregas……….

One: How to stop the trading of kids.

I think football needs to police itself here and ban any trading of players under the age of 16. At that age, clubs can decide if they want to release the player or, offer them a reserve contract. My plan if that every professional club in the world game must have a reserve side staffed with players from 16 to 20 years of age.

At each age from 16 to 20, the club must raise the pay level of each player so for example, at 16 each player in the world earns the equivalent of £1000 and can earn their club a tribunal decided fee because they are under contract. Then, for each year until 20, they can double their money. So, 16 years old equals £1000 a week, 17 years old equals £2000 a week all the way to 20 years of age where they will earn £16000 a week and they can then ether walk on a free if their club don’t decide to offer them a professional contract or, sign on for their club.

This for me is a way of stopping big clubs from plundering the youth set ups of small clubs (yes, I know we gain a lot from this but it really isn’t ethical) and also make sure that if at 16, a player wants to leave to a bigger club, the parent club gets properly compensated. Yes, I know there are flaws but it is a step in the right direction and it does lead nicely onto my second point.

Two: The Arsenal youth set up:

We have this “famed” youth academy but apart from Wilshere, who have we actually produced and not just taken from other countries or smaller clubs? I think it is time for a totally new way of looking at it.

I think it is time to build a La Masia style boarding school and really produce home-grown players of skill and technique. From the ages of 9 years old to 14 years old, we keep the academy as is, kids coming in after school to learn but I think the entire focus of these ages should be technique.

No leagues, no real games except small sided games between themselves. At these age I want the players to learn about the history of the club as well, learn what it really means to represent the old Bank Of England club, the club of Chapman, who revolutionised the game with the WM formation.

The club that first used floodlights, the club of Bastin and James. The club that even managed to get a London Underground station to change its name. The club that has 13 league titles, 10 FA cups and the club of so many world famous players you can’t do a best of without mentioning us.

Then from 15, the go to the La Masia style boarding school and everything changes for the kids. They are now fighting for a contract, they know learn the need of winning as well and continuing their education on technique. They learn nutrition and are now physically trained with weights and state of the art trainers. Yes they continue their education just in case but the learning is more intense. They are around football 24 hours a day, no hanging with their mates, no getting into trouble and most importantly, no getting poached.

This would mean, at 16, only the very best kids get a contract to move on with their footballing education. What 15 year old won’t want to be the very best if it means getting a contract for the next four years and £1000 in the pocket a week?

Then, the reserve leagues can be set up by Fifa and the FA. As I have stated, every professional club should have reserve sides so leagues can be set up as they are now, promotion, relegation and European cups for the winners. This will provide the youths with the need to win and also reward them. Clubs can charge a nominal fee to watch games, say £5 and this will help pay for the boarding school type academy.

What do you Guys and Gals think?

Written by Will

57 thoughts on “Two things on my mind and they don't involve Cesc Fabregas……….

  1. Lee

    June 29, 2011 at 9:23am

    Good post, Will and I concur!!

  2. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 9:39am

    Morning all

    Good Post Will – too many players are paid far too much at a young age, especially ours ….

  3. modusho

    June 29, 2011 at 9:47am

    frimpong, and wenger and sir alex just won the argument and from next season they can coach younger players for longer as is in spain and some other countries.
    that would ensure that we can institute a proper academy and i hope wenger can be in charge of that.
    we can then produce people with the ‘Arsenal DNA’ and not worry about losing good players that would mostly like have never had the opportunity if they had stayed in their parent clubs

  4. hedgewire

    June 29, 2011 at 9:53am

    Well thought out system Will. Your totally right about the smaller clubs getting compo.

  5. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 10:05am

    Welcome to those just joined…

  6. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 10:07am

    PHW has hit back then….

  7. arsenal fan

    June 29, 2011 at 10:08am

    good post will,good points
    morning ,rumour is that someone is having a medical at colney……either its gervinho or cahill……

  8. Lee

    June 29, 2011 at 10:14am

    who’s joined?? Cahill? :) :) :)

  9. arsenal fan

    June 29, 2011 at 10:18am

    hope its cahill but it is gervinho… is a rumour though

  10. Joaquim moreira

    June 29, 2011 at 10:26am

    Good morning.
    interesting post
    See you later

  11. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 10:44am

    medical, medical, who’s having one, Diaby 😉

    Morning again… 😉

  12. W.A.T.H

    June 29, 2011 at 10:56am

    How funny that Piss Head Wanker has hit back at lady Nina through that trusted mouth piece of his the daily star….! Truth obviously hurts eh….! Lady Nina ungagged and gets into the media and says exactly what many fans are thinking…!

  13. adey

    June 29, 2011 at 10:58am

    I think this article misses a major stumbling block to setting up the academy described. There is a recruitment restriction of 5 miles from stadium that means no team can necessarily get the best talent available in the country. It is also more difficult for London clubs with the presence of so many ot them in the same small radius. It would always be easier to bring kids from abroad than it is getting local kids just outside the restriction radius.

  14. W.A.T.H

    June 29, 2011 at 10:59am

    Morning all,
    Good post Will and spot on Frank McLintock re his cesc comments, not a captain and not a leader, 100% correct, well said Frank..!

  15. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 11:02am

    Morning WATH, PHW is an old fart!!

  16. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 11:02am

    adey, that 5 mile radius rule is no longer….

  17. Rich

    June 29, 2011 at 11:03am

    I am bordering on despair and alcoholism…I cant stand Gazidis-get him out, we aint won a thing since Dein left and this whole ‘Sustainable Business’ project is just getting on me tits! Is Cahill really the answer? He aint a leader is he ? I would welcome his signing but only alongside a few others
    Thomas to be captain…Now I am off to sit in a dark room for a bit…

  18. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 11:03am

    Denilson was right in what he said about Fabregas too – didn’t agree with his timing of his comments but he was pretty much spot on….

  19. W.A.T.H

    June 29, 2011 at 11:56am

    It was 50mile not 5 mile….! or 90 mins car journey wasn’t it…?

  20. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 1:17pm

    What was WATH??

    Rich., you are not alone….

    Sorry, I crashed ….

  21. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 1:18pm

    Ah, just realised, the 50 mile rule…. :)

  22. Lee

    June 29, 2011 at 1:19pm

    Didn’t AK post that the rule is being ceased??

  23. Lee

    June 29, 2011 at 1:21pm

    Mushroom analagy….kept in the dark and fed shit!!!

  24. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 1:44pm

    He did Lee, that one from earlier obviously didn’t read it …

    Re the mushroom 😆

    Who is meant to be having a medical??

  25. W.A.T.H

    June 29, 2011 at 1:48pm

    Medical – Diaby got all excited by moving to Turkey he broke his little toe is running to the local newsagents…!

  26. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 1:49pm

    PSG are reported to have signed Hazard….

  27. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 1:55pm

    :) WATH, it’s another news day for us i guess….

  28. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 2:01pm

    Forget my Hazard comment, PSG haven’t signed him….. But they want to….

  29. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 2:07pm

    Just been reading arsenalaction’s post about a player having a medical at LC today..

    Someone has left a cracking comment saying, ‘its probably Wenger checking he’s still got a pulse’ 😆

  30. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 2:11pm

    I’m on and off, housework is more exciting than our transfer news…. 😉

  31. W.A.T.H

    June 29, 2011 at 2:27pm

    What transfer news………………………?


  32. Will

    June 29, 2011 at 2:35pm

    Hi guys, thanks for the nice response to my inane ramblings.

    I guess my point was I am trying to get a more fair market, if every club in the world, why would a top talent from say Sunderland go to Man Utd if the money was going to be the same?

    Make sense?

  33. W.A.T.H

    June 29, 2011 at 2:55pm

    Will, sense and football in the same sentence don’t go you know that…! 😉

    You’ll always have someone paying under the table more than others to secure the best talents. It’s something that you’d never be able to control or monitor and thats the problem trying to control it…! In an ideal world something along the lines of your post would be great but we not in an ideal world and footie is completely fucked up..!

  34. Joaquim moreira

    June 29, 2011 at 2:56pm

    a) renewed Thiago Alcantara in Barcelona until 2015 and now has a release clause in 90 million
    b) Fabregas: Fabregas in Arsenal, worked for as a “base” in a basketball team, is the first to receive the ball when it strikes, organized the game, have personal initiative and is playing all aequipa. At Arsenal, was the unit of reference for all. The first action of any played in the defense or in midfield, Fabregas was to see where he was to hand him the ball. It was time to start attacking and realize that the ball was well entegue. from here, unfolded the playbook or improvisation. Without Fabregas, as noted in several games, players seem almost an “cockroach.” Without the reference, do not know what to do with the ball, to organize themselves and attack according to the movement and positioning that made Fabregas. This is not just in a football team.
    c) Nasri, Fabregas out was supposed to. I think his qualities are more restricted in the presence of Fabregas in the game. Do not replace it, but lets give a touch of class and suddenly Arsenal to differentiate them from others. I think it is short-selling (?) for 20 million (that’s the price of Denilson! ;-))
    d) Diaby has the problem of always being injured but gives physical presence to the midfield which combines with technical and quality in their football
    e) In relation to the post: I’m not sure, but in Argentina I think the clubs themselves (some) work and school, in whose works the school facilities and use the sports facilities of the Club for various activities. Example is the River Plate, Racing, Velez Sarsfield, etc.. In Portugal, Sporting, for example, has a gym in a boarding school, where players go to school abroad in the area of ​​the gym and do all other life within the Academy (away from their families and representing the Club). There are no geographical or other factor. Personally, I am not in favor of the geographical factor to the principle of freedom of choice of the citizen. For example: If I live in Manchester and want my son (and he!) Go to the Academy Arsenal :-) because razaão am “forced” to leave it in the gym within a radius of 5 km?

  35. Joaquim moreira

    June 29, 2011 at 3:04pm

    razaão = reason

  36. Will

    June 29, 2011 at 3:08pm

    Sad thing is Wath, you are right.

  37. arsenal fan

    June 29, 2011 at 4:34pm

    Our new signing confirmed……
    Roger federer even he cant hold a lead like us…..

  38. arsenal fan

    June 29, 2011 at 4:36pm

    Even the new coach of chelsea andre villas boas is making fun of us he says…..
    The arsenal model is good but we want to win trophy…
    Our cahill deal is also on hold…..

  39. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 4:46pm

    Afternoon, what a come back by Tsonga :)

    Why do you say that re Cahill AF??

  40. Will

    June 29, 2011 at 4:51pm

    On hold for what?

  41. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 5:02pm

    Us to make an offer I guess Will, you know Wenger, always likes to let another club in to get who we all want us to sign…

    Then he can tell us how close he came to signing him, only to miss out!!

  42. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 5:03pm

    I bet the Chavs go and sign him……

  43. Will

    June 29, 2011 at 5:04pm

    Wenger needs to just ask how much and then pay.

  44. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 5:14pm

    We know that – just need Wenger to catch on…..

  45. Will

    June 29, 2011 at 5:37pm

    I am not talking about stupid prices but if they want £15M for an English CB and we need a dominating CB, pay up.

  46. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 5:48pm

    Nor am I, but 17M isn’t that much!! well, 16M if we throw in Nikki B 😉

  47. Will

    June 29, 2011 at 5:54pm

    Exactly and we need the player, it is almost as if Wenger would throw away chances to win the league rather than buy.

  48. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 6:20pm

    He cannot afford to do that this summer, no way – and i think he knows it, last chance saloon for the tight old fool…..

  49. Will

    June 29, 2011 at 6:47pm

    I agree, mess this window up and Stan will be sending him his P45.

  50. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 7:06pm

    I certainly hope so, and the rest of the old farts on the board….

  51. rico

    June 29, 2011 at 7:36pm

    I’m done for the day folks,

    Catch up tomorrow – the 1st July :)

    Nighty all, be good…..

    Thanks again for todays post Will….

  52. Steve Palmer

    June 29, 2011 at 7:45pm

    Evening all,
    had all sorts of trouble with my live mail and they have stopped my account at the mo, so am having to get through without live mail enough of that.
    Will good post mate,
    I have started to think that this youngsters program is a bit of a waste of time, as you stated there is not enough coming through to make it a worthwhile, Players will be brought in (eventually) in this window, and the youngsters will have to wait longer to get their chance, so forget it and just buy what we need and save on wages.

  53. Will

    June 29, 2011 at 8:21pm

    Steve, our academy takes too many plaudits for basically taking other clubs 16 year olds. It is pathetic.

  54. Merlin96

    June 30, 2011 at 12:57am

    CESC FABREGAS was last night nearing the end of a three-year wait to rejoin Barcelona.
    The Spaniards have increased their bid for Fabregas to £32million but, with add-ons, £37m.

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is preparing for the loss of his skipper by signing two new players.

    He is confident of capturing Lille’s Gervinho and Velez Sarsfield’s Ricky Alvarez – each for £11m.

    Fabregas, on holiday in Barcelona, was cagey last night. He said: “There is nothing to talk about. I’m calm. If something has to happen it will. I am always optimistic.

    “If a player is on the market it’s because a club doesn’t want him. I have no problem.”

    Wenger will use all the Fabregas cash to beef up the squad – and Ivory Coast frontman Gervinho is almost certain to join.

    Arsenal had a £7.2m bid turned down but are set to go back in with a new bid tomorrow.

    Attacking midfielder Alvarez should also join after a deal for Fabregas is concluded.

    Alvarez has made it clear he wants to move to the Emirates. He said: “I’d love to play for the Arsenal. It’s a dream for me. I wish to God it can be realised.”

    Wenger is also poised for a renewed attempt to snatch £16m Bolton centre-half Gary Cahill in the next few days.

    Read more:


    Latest from The Sun.

    Deal is on if Cesc willing to forgo hsi 15% “Loyalty Bonus”….
    Meaning £32million + £4.8million = £36.8million

    Or plus add-ons = £37million + £4.8million = £41.8million

    Let’s close this 1998 “Anelka to Real”, 2005 “Vieira to Real” and 2006 “Henry to Barca” and this 2011 “sordid Spanish Puta to Barca” and moves on…

  55. Merlin96

    June 30, 2011 at 1:12am

    ALEX FERGUSON believes he can break the will of Arsene Wenger and land Samir Nasri.
    Manchester United boss Ferguson decided to make his move for Arsenal’s want-away French star after rivals City entered the chase.

    And last night United gave him the green light to take his summer spending beyond £70million with a £20m bid for the 24-year-old.

    Fergie has sat back and listened while Arsenal boss Wenger insisted there was no way he would sell Nasri to United.

    The canny Scot was happy to watch as Nasri became increasingly frustrated at the Emirates. But he is ready to act after rivals City switched their sights to the Frenchman having admitted defeat in their £35m bid for Udinese’s Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 22.

    Eastlands manager Roberto Mancini revealed: “I talked to Alexis but he wants to move to Barcelona.

    “We have thus decided to withdraw from the negotiations to buy the player, although we have made some serious offers for him.”

    Nasri is in the final year of his contract and wanted to see big buys at Arsenal before considering a new deal.

    But he is now eyeing the move to United and Fergie believes Wenger will sell rather than risk losing a player, who cost £12m from Marseille three years ago, for nothing next summer.

    Read more:

    Let ManU and ManC enter into a bidding war which may mean a transfer fee in excess of £20m on offer now.

    Let’s that french poodle, pretty boy and bottler behaves liek a courtesan and sell himself liek a Chelsea Rent-Boy tot he highest bidder and earn himself a lucrative £160,000 to £200,000 pw 5-year Contract selling his body to Abu Dhabi.

    Again, it reinforces my view that it is another summer 1998 when we sold “irreplaceable” Anelka, Petit and Overmars where all “doom & gloom” critics said “Arsenal is finished”.
    But guess what?
    We built the French Spine which peaked as The Invincibles.

    Similarly, Wenger needs a harmoniosu team, players that are hungry, committed, fierce determination and passionate “never-say-die” attitude on the pitch, that missing “1970s English Grits” that defined English team like Liverpool and 1990s Fergie Fledgings.

    Now without mercenaries and Barca puta in our team, rebuild and re-structure the TEAM, Le Professeur as what you had done from 1998 to 2004……..and you have all the ingredients – and missing ingredients which you have the money to buy now – to fulfil your Dream of building your 3rd and greatest Arsenal team that will dominate premiership and Europe within 5 years or by 2013/14 at the earliest…that is where all your present crop of 16 to 18 year old Hale End Academy “graduates” begin to reach their physical peak and maturity.

  56. rico

    June 30, 2011 at 8:54am

    Morning All

  57. rico

    June 30, 2011 at 9:06am

    New Post up…

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