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Can anyone tell me what's the situation with Wellington Silva?

Has he gotten work permit yet?
Gnabry is next in line :).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EhjumdAXpM
Is it just me or is Gnabry basically like Gotze? He should play CAM for us once Cazorla leaves and Ozil is rested.

Gnabry, Akpom, and JC have been my fav youth players since last season. Hope they make it.
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Gnabry is ahead of JC in my opinion. Actually out of all the youth team members Gnabry is already way ahead of the curve.
Gnabry made it already IMO.
Would be so dissappionted if we lose cazorla...players like him are key to multiple cup's next season
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eOlsson vs Boreham Wood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrtj_nDdplQ
apparently Vermaelen has asked to leave the club which is why we're making signing a CB a priority atm

Nastasic deal looking likely
Nastasic would be awesome, who will be captain Merts?
wouldnt mind if merts is captain..i see ramsey or wilshere as possible future captains
I would say merte is the best choice as i don't see arteta playing as much this season, but i also think a dark horse for captaincy could be ramsey as he seems to be able to lead the team by the way he plays on the pitch in a very similar way to cesc :D
We need another one. 3 CBs is not enough.
depending on the pre season Miquel and Hayden may get a chance to fight it out for the 4th CB spot
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Man imagine if we could get De Vrij and Nastasic (dreaming).
^will promote someone from within as our 4th...and Mertesacker will make a brilliant captain
Let's make someone captain that we want to be the next person to leave...
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De Vrij would be nice.
haha Gunnzo. Lets make Piers Morgan captain then.
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We need a CB regardless of Verms leaving. Because Sagna was also a backup CB that we have to replace.
@GunsNramsey

Referring to that comment on Giroud, on Campbell's video; Giroud is great at feeding off balls to players around him, while having a couple of defenders on his back. He controls the ball perfectly then feed off tricky passes. He feed off balls better than any other strikers in PL, played every single game. Not saying Campbell isn't good or anything. People just don't give Giroud enough credit mate.
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Giroud has more defensive clearances per game than any other attacking player
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Aerial threat and also helps in defending set pieces too. We just lost Sags and he was also good with defensive headers. Imagine us with not too many good areal presence!
Giroud is a great player but what he offers isn't enough against top teams. In order to play the CF or lone striker role against top sides you have to be an exceptionally well rounded player the way Drogba was. You have to be a strong, quick, tricky and technically gifted work horse.

Giroud is hard working and all but.... I don't know, he is missing something special about him. Not knocking him, he is very good. But he isn't good enough to carry a team on his back. Let's see how he does this season with more support. He always delivers against mid table and below teams, and at home as well.
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I'd personally like to see Jack Wilshere tried in the Deep lying play-maker/holding midfield role. Could be a revelation in that position in the same way Ramsey was better as a B2B as opposed to a CAM.
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can you explain why he'd be so? And why he's better than Flamini, Arteta, Diaby and Coquelin in that position?
But will it work with his softness in the middle. He's a pushover atm. He'll either needs to strengthen or something.

Though I think if you put him in that deep lying position he was go bonkers dribbling with the ball. If you noticed he gets kicked because he keeps holding onto the ball too long. If he can release the ball quicker I think it could possibly work. Not sure about his lack of height though.
I think he gets pushed over or kicked around wen he holds the ball too long in attack. I too am of the opinion he shud compete with the other DMs in the squad and also the wide players. He is too indiciplined to play CM or CAM imo and he tends to want to play like a super hero and that's wen he gets injured which is annoying. He is still technically very gifted and he has crazy potential but he needs to improve and learn from the senior players around him too
Jack has great ball control and passing ability but as some have mentioned he is a bit of a pushover at the minute and he can't really dominate the midfield when we come up against the top teams.

Honestly i think the best pairing would be Diaby(touch wood he stays fit) & Ramsey just for the sheer power & stamina that they both have when they're fully fit,
I think the reason why he gets kicked a lot is because in midfield, he is in the thick on things and thus attarcts a lot of tackles

Playing a deeper role will, in my opinion, give him space to control especially against smaller teams who sit back instead of pressing high off the pitch.

I am especially encouraged by certain qualities he poses. He is a tough tackler, has a decent passing range, he could change play from deep, he has vision.

I would not say he is a "push over". I think his physicality, though top notch, is criminally underrated. Makele was not the tallest or the most physically imposing player but boy was he able to protect the back four. SO much so that his name is being used to refer to the no 6 position: "the Makele role"

OAN Filsuf,

Please don't even bring up Coq and Diaby. Coq has not developed the way he was expected to and his time with us ended the moment h was loaned out after having a full season with us. As for Diaby, he needs to attempt, at least, a mostly injury-free season then we can judge.

As for Arteta, he is getting a bid old and might not be able to keep up. He is perfect IMO, my only problem with him is I wish he was a lot younger.

Wilshere was amazing against one of the best teams in the world...Byern and also Barca I think give him some time dont forget he didnt have a preseason...ramsey had a preseason and look how good he was last season..patience is key!
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The main reason i feel groundup is right..is because i think jack has it in him to be an all-round complete midfielder...it's just that he get's tempted by glory so his a gamble in CDM...It's a mentality thing, the talent is there
Charlie. Yes he was amazing but Barca never really posses the strength to nullify him. Plus Jack was an unknown at the time.
Wilshere is a great talent. Technical ability bar none, better than even Ozil. But the holding role needs someone supremely consistent, disciplined, matured and efficient.

He had a good run of games in the second half of the season where he started scoring goals and taking pops outside the box. He made progress in his attacking and goal-scoring. I think he'll be thoroughly deployed in any of those advanced positions. Someone recently posted that Wengerball video, and you'll see either Wilshere or Rosicky at the heart of almost all those goals.
All the qualities required to excel in that role are present in Wilshere. AW just needs to cultivate them. This takes time.

Thierry was a winger and never hit the ground running
Lauren Etame Mayer was a winger and even he had no idea AW brought him in to be a fullback. The list goes on......
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.
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I'm heading to the game real early. Planning on reaching the stadium at 3pm on Saturday. You know it's gonna be packed before the game begins.
im going, im part of Philly Gooners. getting my bracelet tomorrow, and we only Paid 50 dollars for tickets to the game on Saturday. First time i get to meet players and see The Arsenal play in person! Gonna be crazy!
I contacted them, so the email they sent wasn't accurate. Every one that requested should have wristbands, excited!

I got tickets for the game too, will probably head out early as RT 3 is always packed during these events.
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 off the youth progression for the time being. still, the club is signing up great young talents to the academy.
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You could even question Gibbs, he came over from Wimbledon at 14.
Well, we're not like La Masia, growing talent from a preteen age. We like to snatch up players around 16-19 years old who we know could develop into great players.

We're basically like that town that has a pretty bad Elementary and Middle School but a great High School. lol
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.
He'll always be picking up small strains and pulls because his bio-mechanics are so messed up from the leg break. Pretty much every injury he's ever had stems from that. Since he's not really being asked to contribute to the first team on a week to week basis, there's a chance he could get through a whole season without any major injuries.Somewhere around 20 appearances if his fitness and post match rehab is managed right.


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