Their have been massive changes in Arsenal’s coaching set up especially in the reserve and youth set up since Per Mertesacker was announced as the new Academy manager, and now the big German has revealed that the Gunners’ reserves will be playing in the Checkatrade trophy for the very first time next season, along with the U21 sides from our great rivals Tottenham, Chelsea, Man City and West Ham.
The Arsenal U23 side won the EPL2 title this season and there were over 40 players used in the competition. The Gunners sealed the title with a 3-1 away win at West Ham last month with Nelson opening the scoring and Nketiah netting twice, once in each half, to make sure of the points.
Arsenal’s reputation as the team that brought more youngsters through their academy and nurtured them to play ‘the Arsenal Way’ when they arrived to play in the senior side. This is not so true nowadays and Wenger’s wish, five years ago, of his “English Core” becoming world-beaters seems to have fallen by the wayside, but yesterday’s squad did consist of players like Bellerin, Iwobi and Jack Wilshere who all came through our training, and the latest addition of Ainsley Maitland-Niles who Wenger seems to have picked as the cream of the crop of our upcoming youngsters.
There have been many Arsenal transfer rumours regarding who could replace Theo Walcott if he failed to sign a new contract and got sold this summer, but should we be looking at outsiders like Raheen Sterling, or should we be looking closer to home?
The great Arsenal goalkeeping legend David Seaman has been discussing the battle for the permanent Number One spot between David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny, and the 51 year-old believes that it is up to the Pole to fight to regain his place in the Gunners Starting XI.
In recent years Jack Wilshere has been a favourite of Arsene Wenger’s and he seems to get preferential treatment from Le Prof when he is fit enough to play in Arsenal’s starting XI, but on his latest return from the treatment table he feels like he has more competition for his position.
The young Spaniard Jon Toral arrived from Barcelona along with Hector Bellerin back in 2011, and if anything Toral was touted as thec most promising of the two. But Bellerin has now been promoted to the Arsenal frst team, while Toral is also playing first-team football, but with our lowly London neighbours Brentford.
I first thought it was a bit strange that Arsene Wenger dropped Olivier Giroud to the bench against Leicester in midweek, and even more surprised that Alexis was moved into the centre-forward position, but Le Boss reckons hat many of his Arsenal team were suffering from fatigue after the Spurs game.