Bit of transfer gossip to start.
Serge Aurier is the man Arsene Wenger wants to replace Bacary Sagna should he depart in the summer. The 21 year old has already played seven times for Ivory Coast and is a regular for his club Toulouse.
Morgan Schneiderlin has spoken about the rumours linking him to a summer move to London:
Arsenal? I have a three year contract, then it will not be easy. It is also my dream to one day play in a great club, so why not?
He’d certainly solve a few of our midfield problems…
Enough of that, here’s today’s main post.
In the wake of a shocking world cup performance (in 2010) every man and his dog was looking for reasons, excuses and someone to blame.
Although Chelsea were the first club to field an entire side of non English players, Arsene Wenger was criticised for doing the very same thing and in certain quarters he was held responsible for the poor showing. The powers to be decided they would try and reduce the number of foreign players coming into the league and encourage clubs to bring more young English players into the game.
With this in mind they submitted a proposal for a 25 man squad rule similar to that which is in force for the Champions league.
In July 2010, Premier League Clubs voted unanimously to accept these proposals and the new rules were introduced when the transfer window closed at the end of August. This gave managers just 6 weeks to make any changes to their squad (if necessary) in order to comply with the new ruling. It also put managers in an awkward position where (because their own club had voted for them) they could not criticise them.
However Arsene Wenger was the first and only manager who had the balls to do just that.
When the result of the Vote was announced he criticised the changes saying “These rules are disastrous for football (English) and for footballers and I am amazed that the players union have accepted them’ He added that if a manager wanted to make a top line signing or promote a young player he would have to get rid of one of his established players to create space within the squad.
On 31st July 2010 Matt Barlow writing in the Mail quoted Arsene as saying the following “When you buy a player you have to calculate how much it costs to get rid of one. Then when a big club wants to sell to a smaller club there are only two solutions. The smaller club has to pay above their own potential or the big club pays part of his salary. In either case it’s not satisfactory”.
At a press conference held at the beginning of September, Arsene again voiced his concern saying he was surprised and disappointed that they had been introduced. He added ‘what do I do if the player I want to sell tells me I love living in London I am under contract and I don’t want to leave. I miss out on the player I wanted to buy’.
The following morning the press had a field day and he came in for a lot of abuse from so called experts and football fans. At this point a couple of worms crawled out of the woodwork to have their pound of flesh.
One living in the Manchester area and soaked in whiskey declared “I have my 25 I am happy with the rules and I do not know what he is talking about.”
The other worm crawled out of the goalposts at a rugby club declaring Wenger has an opinion on everything. It’s about time he shut his mouth and kept his opinions to himself.
At this moment in time not knowing what they stated I decided to research both the Premier League and Champions League rules to see just who was right. Then I took it one stage further and examined the squads both clubs had named for the 2010 /2011 season. I am no expert on these rules, just someone with sufficient knowledge of them to draw the following conclusions:
A – Arsene was being very honest and saying how those rules would affect Arsenal and his future plans.
B – The guy from Manchester was being very conservative with the truth and he also would have problems. (I could say more)
C – As they stand the rules are flawed and are not achieving what the Powers to be had hoped they would do.
I honestly believe that as they stand they are denying a large number of younger players the same opportunity they would have received had they been playing at the same time as the class of 92.
It is my opinion that English players take longer to mature then players from the continent and I seem to remember that Romford Pele and the Great Rocky were given time to mature as fringe players who were added to the first team.
In today’s game when a young player becomes Over 21 he must be registered in the 25 man squad to continue playing in the league and that’s were the problems start.
During 2013 nine of the young players celebrated their 21st birthday and should they remain at the club will have to be included in the squad for the 2014/2015 season. However this is not going to happen as of the nine, Frimpong, Boatang and Gallindo are on their way and will I think be joined by Ryo. Wilshere and Jenkinson will be promoted which leaves Martinez, Miquel and Campbell. This means that if all 5 are promoted and Arsene is to buy the players everyone says we need he will have to create space for 8 or 9 new players within the 25.
But it does not end there….
This year the following players are 21. Ox, Sanogo, Eisfeld, Ajayi, Aneke, Afobe and Silver.
The question I ask is how many of them are good enough to take the place of an established player and who are the players they will replace.
There are other aspects of the rules which I can comment on but what concerns me most of all is the effect they are having on the future of some very talented young players.
I believe Arsene got it right , those new rules were and are a disaster especially for the younger players and I would like to see them changed.
I see the proposed U23 B league as a step in the right direction but will it ever happen? I doubt it.
Maybe I’ve got it wrong, what do you think?
Written by Rick.