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Anyone going to the Arsenal fan event in NJ tomorrow? I requested wristbands a while ago but only got a confirmation that I requested them. Anyone get an actual confirmation of wristbands?

Kind of funny that Arsenal America & NYC make fans pay for a membership for tickets they might get when they probably got the wristbands for free.
The percentage of our youth players being promoted to the first team, in general, is too low IMO. In the past decade, how many of our home grown players played for the first team? Not much I reckon. A few of all I can remember are Wilshere, Ramsey, Gibbs, Walcott ect.. Most of other talents were either stolen from Barca youth system or from elsewhere. Truly, in today's world, each youth academy trains players to be sold to elsewhere. Players like Messi who rose through the ranks of Barca are pretty rare these days.
Problem that youth players face is they deprive of quality game time to really get good experience and be exposed to a chance to learn. I believe, playing in actual matches is also considered another form of training. In fact, maybe an even better form of training to learn how to overcome your opponents and mature into a professional. A lot of youth players from various academies, including our own, has to give up on their hope of being promoted to the first team and eventually joining a lesser team in order to play more games. But that's when the blessing in disguise comes in for some of them who really are under appreciated for their potential. A lot of top players today, went through such periods to get where they are.
So, it makes me think youth systems with the ambition of grooming talent for the first team today, are defeating their purpose with what's happening out there in reality. I believe, It's better off buying proven talent rather than polishing raw gems in this case. But, if we truly want to grow youngsters for our own first team, they should get more competitive game time or loan them out to other leagues to learn better.

P.S. sorry for the long whine :p
You forgot bendtner and djourou ;) I think schezby may also count as home grown, he's been here since he was 15
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Righo Gunnzo :)
Don't you take them away from me, Dougie. More whine now.... Lol
Walcott and Ramsey didn't even come from our academy, Wilshere and Gibbs are really the only two.
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Probably something to do with the fact that all clubs trawl for talent in the hope that say 1 in 20 actually makes it and the others they can sell for smaller fees to pay for the academy running costs
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Some risks needs to be taken to achieve success, so i guess for the short-term we'll be backing of the youth progression for the time being. still, the club is signing up great young talents to the academy.
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Do u think this year, with our new medical staff team, Diaby could stay fit, and flourish as expected to all those years we have been waiting???

First him being fit having to be a gamble of course
The key here for Diaby, in my opinion, is that he actually got the summer and preseason to condition himself and get his body in shape and ready for the new season. Previously, he'd come back from injury during the middle of the season and get thrown into the mix, possibly when he wasn't 100% ready.

I don't think his situation will be that much determined by the new staff. Just the fact that he will hopefully be more prepared this year is the biggest factor.
Yeah that's most likely, but having a Ramsey-Diaby partnership in the middle against a side where we are most likely to dominate the game, is something we should be looking forward too
Let's just hope Diaby stays back. He's more of a box to box player like Ramsey so hopefully Wenger has told him to stay back in front of Merts and Kos, something Arteta does really well already. Otherwise the Diaby Ramsey combo will not be defensively sound.
Well s**t, RMFC need to watch where they are going now. Insane debts figures.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2137810-james-rodriguez-signing-latest-example-of-real-madrids-wasteful-spending
They'll make it back with the shirt sales.
They got 3 million worth in shirt sales in the first day alone... When they bought Ronaldo, they recovered the fee in shirt sales alone in less than a year... All in all, RM are, and always will be fine, unless some corrupted s**t happens, but in Barcas case its not all its supposed to be
They've remortgaged the money from their next TV sales deal before they've even got it. In the next 5-10 years that club will be a huge financial mess.

Same with Barca, they owe huge amounts to Catalan banks but the banks can't get it back publicly because a huge majority of their customers are Catalan, and therefore Barca fans
Real Madrid is far more stable, financially, speaking against the other big money team out there. They have it under control unlike PSG or ASM.

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we will see be patient
and thats it for arsenal in the transfer window. see you next time in 6 months time :P
Skysports twitter account tweeted about Arsenals interest over Nastasic valuing him for 15m... We get him for that much, would be over the moon, considering in a few years, hes gonna be worth at least 30mill
our interest in him is legit it seems i think Verma may be on the way out sooner than later
My only real concern with Nastasic is that he's injury prone but man if we pull this off he's an amazing defender. top class player
that be a bargain
dont worry city fans, sanga can also play as Cb too. dont expect much from his crosses though. have dzeko take the ball from the middle and score a pile-driver.
We finally get a player off City, and a decent one that is!!!
Dont matter if hes injury prone, we got new medical staff lol, plus he would be a like for like replacement for Verms then haha
Wow FT is soooo s**t now, what is going on with these comments lmao
Xgooner: Snowden just hacked into FT's servers.
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Chuba Akpom is apparently the only fwd going on this trip still don't know if its true
all the glory to himself :D
Chuba one half, the king second half
hmmm strange
This can only mean one thing. Henry to play the 2nd half for us. xD
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http://www.newyorkredbulls.com/news/2014/07/arsenal-release-20-man-traveling-roster-red-bulls-match

This is the team traveling to NYC.
The match will be televised on ESPN2? Nice. Problem is I don't have cable anymore. Canceled. So, I may have to search for this online
Yeah it'll be on ESPN2 and also on WatchESPN online but with Spanish Commentary.
Go out to watch it Godspeedysick. Local bar perhaps? Good way to meet fellow gooners in your area.
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this make me think we are still working on it
just knew Henry is Falcao's idol.
maybe next season then? or this January
Henry is many people's idol including kalou shall we sign kalou?
I think you're clutching at straws mate. My favourite player is Zidane but I wouldn't want to play for Real if I could play for the mighty Arsenal. I got my loyalties. They could pay me £3,000 a week and I'd be perfectly happy.
Henry was also my other idol. Arsenal should definitely sign me. I play good.
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