Reading through my local paper and it was there in black and white; Theo Walcott is no longer the quickest over 100 metres at the secondary school he attended, so he’s out of their record books!
The young lad who has broken his record is Joshua Willock, he knocked 0.07 seconds off of Theo’s 11.58 time.
Some of you will wonder why I am interested in this story, let alone writing about it, so for those of you who don’t know, Theo Walcott went to the same school as I did; only I went there many years before him…..
That’s my claim to fame ;)
On to today, we are in Germany to face FC Cologne in the next step of our pre-season workout.
Gervinho is in the squad, as are a couple of reserve players. Conor Henderson boarded the plane as did Benik Afobe which we strongly suspected after him being withdrawn from the reserve game in the week. Frimpong and Jenkinson also travel as does the bright new star in the making Ryo Miyaichi.
Young Guns report that Henri Lansbury’s absence is down to his fitness, I really hope it is nothing more than that. Regulars here will know I’m a massive fan of Lansbury and I truly hope Wenger can see what this player could give us – he’s another Jack Wilshere – heart, head, soul and body believes in Arsenal Football Club – we can’t let him go……
One good thing about today’s game, which kicks off at 2.30 UK time, it’s being shown live on ESPN unlike last weekend when they just showed the game later in the day.
So, Conor Henderson :
6’ 1” midfielder, born in Sidcup but after a brief spell for England under 17’s he quit and chose to play for his country of his grandparents at international level – who could blame him ;)
Conor was on the bench for the games against Wigan and Blackburn in the 2009/10 season but didn’t make it onto the pitch. We didn’t really hear too much of him until March this year when he played the whole game against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup.
Wenger said after that game he expects Henderson to be a part of our clubs – so here he is today…
Then we have Benik Afobe:
18 years old, 6 feet tall and born and bred in London – music to me ears!! He’s been with us since he was six years old, yep, six years old – this lad is a Gooner and it’s great to see him in the first team squad, he deserves it….
Afobe has been out on loan with Huddersfield Town and their manager has been full of praise for our youngster, calling him ‘Another fantastic young player from the Arsenal production line’.
During his time on loan he picked up four man of the match awards in a row so pretty impressive eh? This included 5 goals and a number of important assists which helped Huddersfield to an unbeaten run of 24 league games.
Despite Benik’s and Huddersfield’s great form, they narrowly missed out on automatic promotion, losing play-off finals.
In total, our man-made 32 appearances, scored 8 goals and recorded 10 assists for the Terriers.
So, we’ll no doubt see a bit of them today……
Couple of snippets to end with, afc.com has an interview where he says one more defender will definitely be brought in before the season starts and he’s trying hard to sigh him. Well, not hard enough in my book, we know of three for sale IF Wenger pays the right price so I don’t get what the hold up is.
And Nasri has yet again hit the back page headlines: The Sun report that he will not sign a new improved offer and he is prepared to wait a season and leave us on a freebie. This situation must be sorted out and before the close of this transfer window!
That’s about it for today, enjoy the match later….