For years now, Theo Walcott has been telling anyone who would listen that his favourite position is in the central striker role and the England international is convinced that he can do a good job there for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger gave him another opportunity to prove it yesterday against Tottenham and Theo did not disappoint, so does that give Wenger the extra option he needs to avoid the notoriously difficult January transfer market?
First of all Arsenal fans, this is not an April Fools day article four months early. And I do not really expect the Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi to be leaving La Liga to come and play for the Gunners. But over the last year or so there have been an increasing amount of stories from Spain indicating that the Messi is not entirely happy at the Nou Camp.
Arsenal may soon be adding another name to the list that includes Cesc Fabregas, Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin. It seems as if the La Masia academy in Spain, where Barcelona develop their stars of the future including Xavi, Iniesta and Messi, is becoming one of the major providers of young players for the Gunners.
There is a growing list of some of the biggest clubs in Britain and around Europe, including Arsenal, who are keeping a close eye on the talented Dundee United youngster Ryan Gauld. The 17-year old has been dubbed the Scottish Lionel Messi or Baby Messi and not just because of his diminutive 5ft 4in frame.
After watching Aaron Ramsey put in another stunning performance for Arsenal against his former club Cardiff City, it would be hard to argue with his manager Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman claimed that Ramsey has been so good this season that he would be a clear favourite to win the Premier League Player of the season award if the voting was to take place now.
It appears as if Arsenal Football Club will soon be able to add to the growing number of promising young players they have managed to attract from the academy of the Spanish champions Barcelona. The main one, of course, was Cesc Fabregas, who left his hometown club to get more playing opportunities and ended up becoming one of the best players in the world and wearing the Arsenal captain’s armband.
I know that a lot of Arsenal fans would definitely rather have Thierry Henry back in the Arsenal squad than Nicklas Bendtner, despite the fact that the Gunners’ record goal scorer is now 36-years old. So the pictures in the papers of the mercurial French striker in Arsenal gear training with the current players will certainly have some Gooners wondering if Henry is to make his second comeback.
Whenever you come across a transfer rumor linking Arsenal with one of Barcelona’s young starlets from the Spanish club’s La Masia academy, you would know that the story certainly has a fair amount of credibility in it. After ‘poaching’ the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral from the Catalan side’s renowned youth academy, Arsene Wenger seems to have his sights on yet another La Masia starlet, goal-scoring sensation Antonio Sanabria.