Afternoon all and it’s a sunny day down here in London. The Emirates is glistening with shine and Cesc has confirmed once again that he will not be moving despite money bags from Manchester, Russia and Madrid flying around like nobodies business.
Onto today’s topic of discussion and this season’s crop of youngsters have been very much in the spotlight – more than any other year – and it’s mainly down to their ability, style and way they play football. Our youth players have pretty much become household names – players like Jack Wilshere, Fran Merida, Kieran Gibbs and the likes of Sanchez Watt, Giles Sunu, Frimpong, Thomas, Simpson and many more are names that most Arsenal fans know.
We’ve seen them play admirably in the Carling Cup, stuffing the likes of Sheffield United 6-0 and Premiership side Wigan 3-0 before their run came to a halt. The kids did go on to win the Youth Cup and on the way knocking out Man City in the semi and Liverpool in the finals – two brilliant academies. These kids are the future of Arsenal and we’ve seen players such as Vela, Cesc, Walcott, Clichy, Denilson etc all come through in a mixture of different ways.
The kids have been speaking today, so this is what they had to say – Henri Lansbury talks about his role:
“I think if I get a bit bigger I can move in to the centre and hopefully do well there, I would say I look up to Cesc Fabregas at the moment. He starts everything off, he creates the move and that is what I want to be doing. I’m learning so much about my position here. We go and watch the first team train and see what some of them do. Samir Nasri drifts inside, Theo Walcott goes round the outside with his pace. I try to take both of them on board and learn from that but the middle is where I think I can be.
Interesting views from Lansbury and if you’ve watched him you’ll know he’s inclined to move into the centre a little. Although he’ll be competing with a lot of players in the middle – Arsene sees Jack Wilshere in there in the future and we already have Cesc, Denilson and Ramsey in the attacking centre position as well as Frimpong, Coquelin, Song and Diaby in the defensive midfield position. It’s a tough one to crack Henri, but if you’re good enough…
Talking about Wilshere, he spoke on his role:
“They all talk to me and tell me what it was like for them