No doubt you have all read the comments by Yaya Sanogo who yesterday confirmed that he’s heading to Arsenal next season.
Arsenal could be a great club for me, I scored nine goals this season with Auxerre and they think I can improve my level in England.
I am pleased to be following in the footsteps of Abou Diaby who came through from Auxerre.
There are many teams interested in me, but Arsenal is my choice.
Pray be that the only thing Sanogo will have in common with Diaby is Auxerre, the injury situation is not to be laughed at is it?
Anyway, that seems to be one in the door, good luck to him and I hope for his sake and Arsene Wenger’s, he’s really over his injury problems.
Firstly I’d like to join all fellow Gooners in celebrating our hard fought win on Sunday. Cracking!
Have a slice….
Ok, at times we struggled but defensively we looked “sound” and the performance from Laurent Koscielny was top draw.
Onwards – Iv’e been watching some of our players who left for pastures new and those who were released or sold on by our club encouraged me to write up an article.
There were players who left us for the cash, others who felt silverware was the order of the day selfishly and players who just wanted to play as they weren’t getting the chance to show their stuff.
This article is predominately about some of the younger stars who were sold for a cut price or released.
Over the last 10 years we have been excited about the following players becoming stars, players who shone ever so brightly at youth level, who either progressed through the academy or were swiped from other clubs academies:
Jay Emmanuel Thomas
I picked those ten players as I have followed their progress since they left us. All of them showed true professionalism and respect when they departed our great club but some have fared better than others.
He was meant to be the next Bergkamp, an eye for a pass and wuite a talisman in his early years. Could have played for Holland , got injured and after a loan here and there , and Derby County aside, slipped into mediocrity and ended up in Turkey , albeit for a top end club, and choosing Turkey over Holland hoping for a “Colin Kazim-Richards” fairytale, as his parents are of Turkish descent. Felt this player could have played a role, and left us too early.
I was very upset we let him go for a meagre £1 million. This boy seemed the real deal and our next Romford Pele. He could shoot, tackle pass. Built at 6ft, he suffered glandular fever but overcame it and went on to be successful on loan. He was prolific at youth level at club level and internationally and was a real character in the dressing room. Most rated him as a better prospect than Wilshere at one time. Nottingham Forest are going places, but that isn’t really his level.
Well, from wonder-kid with skill in abundance with a resemblance toKkenwyne Jones frame , this kid looked able to play amongst the best, he was prolific at youth level and had the world at his feet.
Then, before the idiot could show some maturity, he got nicked for smashing up his £100k motorcar before having a license and on loan he didn’t really put much effort in. I felt he went the same way as Pennant and we will look at him as a wasted tale of what could have been. Has now been released by Ipswich, what a drop in fortunes.
We paid £2m for him when he was 15 years old. He is a goal-scoring machine..
Well, this kid got so overawed he seemed out of his depth at our reserves and never set our coaches alight with his performances. We kept this lad for ¾ years and now at Stevenage, he hasn’t exactly given them their moneys worth. I think it was his lack of self belief and the attitude of ‘they paid £2m for me’, so I will just turn up and they will make me better. He went the other way, and perhaps a stepping stone at a championship club would have been better.
Another who I felt we sold too quick and too cheaply. He knew where the back of the net was and was very much liked by the coaches and players at the club. He , like Lansbury did not want to leave but as Wenger was looking at his forwards, he chose NB52 instead as the better prospect.
Well, he has worked his socks off and while not the quickest or most skilful, his goals have helped Hull City earn promotion and its players like him who inspired me to write the article. He has scored everywhere he has been and the promotion is a true testament to the boy who scored the first goal at The Emirates.
We know Justin was a average right back and not worth the £3m we got from Middlesbrough but he left with dignity and because he wanted to play week in, week out. Always a gent and a friend within the club, but he could have pushed himself a little harder. He’s scored a cracker this season for Boro and it was that goal that made me think. He was better than he showed us. His brother Gavin was meant to be the real deal. What a waster, never fulfilled his talent as the fearsome centre back and now he’s a slacker in the lower leagues. He’ll probably end up as a Sunday pub team player.
Well this kid had it all but is a bit of a Taarabt.
Turns up when he wants to. We all saw why we spent £3m on him as a teenager but after 4/5 years at the club he finally got his chance, but seemed more interested in partying. Discipline wise he is immature and does not want to put in a shift. Always came alive when the ball was near him but walked at snails pace uninterested when not. I felt this guy had so so much more.
He now seems to be comfortable in Spain and unlike Lukaku who went to West Brom and had a real go, this kid wasn’t interested at all. It’s interesting to see him looking like a world beater in Spain and when I remember his cameos for us as a sub, I’d wonder if this kid is the same player?
I will never forgive him for forgetting his passport for that game in the Champions League versus Barcelona. C’mon as a kid , they don’t get bigger than that.
This kid is a brilliant passer of the ball, the right build and after overcoming serious injury, he started to show for the reserves that he was ready to step up. Wenger was tipping him, like Randall to break through. He finally got himself fit and has now decided to make a dash for it rather than try and get into our midfield.
Come on, Rosicky and Arteta aren’t going to be here forever. Frimpong looks like he’s moving on so there is a space opening up. However, he has chosen to go elsewhere in search of first team football. My question to him would be – ‘what have you shown to merit a chance elsewhere’? I fear Dagenham and Redbridge awaits.
He was considered the better player of the Bartley and Ayling partnership but didn’t have the build frame to be a centre back, so off to Yeovil he went , where he became a fans favourite and Captain. Nice to see he has built up his frame and has helped them earn promotion to the Championship.
He may not get to the Premier League with Yeovil, but I feel we will see him in the Premier League not before long. This was a lad we released, keeping Bartley for the extra year instead of keeping both. Most who watched reserve football will tell you it was Ayling who often bailed Bartley out of trouble and had the better technique on the ball. He never slagged off the club and is still good mates with Yennaris.
He made the right decision in moving to Swansea, justified by winning the FA Cup. He did well wherever he went and after playing so well for Rangers, we should have made more effort with this lad, instead of persisting with Djourou. This lad is a no nonsense defender who reminded me of Steve Bould when he played.
Interestingly enough, I heard from a source at the training ground that he left for a £1 million as Wenger thought Ignasi Miguel was the better prospect. We could have saved a bundle by not signing Squid, caning Djourou and keeping him and his mate Ayling as reserve centre backs. I think he’ll end up like Matthew Upson. He knows his limitations and in Michael Laudrup will receive a good education at Swansea. I feel we messed up with him, just like we did with Lansbury. Another who shows effort reaps its rewards.
So, what are your thoughts?
Who will be this years could ‘has-beens’?
Written by George