The youngsters yesterday were playing to save their Arsenal careers

It would appear that the new Arsenal manager has already been decided and as Ivan Gazidis said when he was discussing the criteria for Wenger’s replacement, he made it clear that promoting youngsters was one of the main reasons for the choice of new boss: “We have to go through that process.” Ivan said. “There is another value which I didn’t talk about which is young players. Our academy teams are doing extremely well and under the radar we have got a lot of players coming through into our first team, not just ones that you already know about but the next generation as well. So that value of giving youth a chance is also very important to the football club.”

Wenger also followed up that ideal before the game against United, and it looks like he picked a team of youngsters with the aim of letting the new guy assess their talents ahead of his arrival in the summer. Wenger made it clear yesterday when he said: “Look, my successor certainly will have watched this game today. Hopefully, he will come to positive conclusions for the players. For them, it’s whether they can be part of the future of Arsenal Football Club. I think some of them have shown today that they can be, 100 per cent. I would say, personally, 100 per cent.”

So it is no wonder that they played out of their skins, knowing that they were playing to impress the new manager and hope to still be at the club next season. And they certainly were impressive. Perhaps next season we will have a much younger starting line-up that can grow and learn together and become world superstars, but this could upset a large number of fans that are hoping the new boss will be given massive amounts to spend in the transfer market. It would seem he has already been told to work with the youngsters we already have at the club…



  1. #MAGA says:

    Sorry admin but I don’t buy it that our new man has already been chosen, interviewed and just sitting there waiting for his name to be announced. I think there are too many names still being bandied about in the press and blogs and lots of them are good classy coaches. Rodgers has distanced himself from the job, thank fukc and Allegri has aparantly done the same. As much as I want Jardim, I’ve a feeling whoever gets it will be a bit left field and not one of the bigger names being asked for by us.

    1. jon fox says:

      I agree. It is clear the new man is not yet decided. I have no doubt they had a preference but that is all it WAS right now. I further believe it WAS Enrique, until he told them he needed to spend that taboo thing to our board and owner. It is called REAL money!

  2. Sue says:

    Well I would say Ainsley & Mavropanos haven’t got anything to worry about. Both had a really good game… Ainsley is so cool ? & good on him going to Old Trafford & getting MOTM!! Will they play Thursday? I’m not so sure….
    I hope the new manager will be unveiled soon… any ideas when? I hope we’re not going to be disappointed!

    1. Babasola says:

      Yeah, they don’t have anything to worry about, isn’t it?
      But I’m sure you’ll say Iwobi should be worried
      Since Maitland is better than him, isn’t it?

      1. Sue says:

        Yes I’m afraid Iwobi should be worried!

        1. Ray says:

          Rightly so, his progress has not been obvious enough this season. Especially his finishing! Saying that, his movement on the ball has been better. Again, movement off the ball not improving for me enough though!

          I would still give a chance next year to progress under a new manager though!?

          Over all though, it’s some of the senior players that I think should be worried!!

          1. Sue says:

            Too right Ray, some of them really need to step up or they’ll be shown the door

  3. gotanidea says:

    Yup, it was apparent that they tried to impress the spectators. I hope they would not slack off after getting new contracts, like what their seniors did

    The new manager has to be able to utilize the hot prospects well and Tuchel or Jardim have good experience with youngsters

    The latest news from Liverpool informed that Klopp’s assistant manager, Zeljko Buvac, has left the club. He could be one of the Arsenal manager candidates

    1. #MAGA says:

      That thought crossed my mind too gotanidea, he’s been with Klopp everywhere and gets a lot of plaudits for the way Liverpool are playing.
      As I suggested earlier, left field!

  4. Ozziegunner says:

    Every player in the Arsenal squad, not only the young players, is playing for his future.
    Ancellotti still doesn’t have a job for next season; one would think that with his CV he will be working again as soon as he announces his general availabilty. Of course he may have alreagy been signed by a club for next season and the announcement is yet to be made.

  5. Liam says:

    Whomever the new manager maybe he will require way more than 50 million to get us back into the top 4. There are some bargains in the German league like the Dortmund centre back for 18.5 million release fee and Leno at 17.5. I dont feel arsenal’s main priority should be buying established stars for over 80 million i would much prefer us to gamble much like City did with Sane Jesus Silva whom all would be first choice at Arsenal bar Jesus who all cost less than 50 million. My ideal X11 for next season would be.

    Bellerin Tar Sokaritis Kosilniac
    Mki Ozil
    Abameyang Lacazetti
    Cech Mavropnos AMN Ramsey Brandt Welbeck Nelson
    Manager Benitez

    Bringing in two solid centre backs whilst selling Musti makes our defence instantly stronger.
    Germany produce the best keepers in the world Leno is one of them not his fault hes in the Manuel Nuer era. Wilshere dont let the door hit you on the way out. Xhaka gets a clean slate under a proper manager sold in january if no sign of improvement. Hopefully Welbeck and Nkietah can be back up for our two forwards.

    First season this gets back into the top 4 and second season Brandt is adjusted and we can challenge for the league

    1. Sal says:

      im sorry but that was no gamble sane and especially silva are players bought not youngsters in the making both where having fantastic seasons whith their respective clubs, its the same as if we bought lemar last summer and then said we gambled on him and made him a superstar.

      if you want to praise a club for the talent they buy then sell for millions i would reserve that praise for southampton or watford if you want to be relevant to this season.

      jesus, vic junior, and arthur melo where/are shinning stars in south america so a gamble sure but one with resale value no matter what.

      Also meyer mhki and ozil all playing and with two strikers, ok good luck when we loose the ball you could have viera protecting that line-up and he would look like wilshere.

      also the two defensive mid you mentioned will 99.99% not come to arsenal and to be honest we could get better. i agree with you on brandt a monster at leverkusen, he stand out when he runs at defenders a giant for a winger but as all german players i think hes bayern bound also where would he fit in that line-up unless every time he is subbed in we change formations? ramsey wont agree to be benched. and you also seemed to neglect monreal the best player this season. and benitez as our manager no comment!!

      but to stay relevant to the article we got some good youth products and hopefully they get more playing time in the future, always nice to see academy products develop into superstars and hopefully nelson and mns break out season would encourage some of the other youngsters to step up, looking forward to next season!

  6. Godswill says:

    Chambers seems to be better as CB than RB.
    That Greek will be a monster of a defender if on a progressive route.

    1. gotanidea says:

      Chambers should play as a CB or a DM, because he has good technique and stature, despite the fact that he is slow

    2. jon fox says:

      “That Greek” has a name. It is MAVROPANOS. I very much doubt that the point I am trying to make about how you use disparaging language has even entered your head! If spelling his name was the reason, why not check how to spell it first? I also had to and chose to do so.

      1. Ray says:

        Calm down jon, i’m sure Godswill is referencing “The Greek” from Lock-stock and two smoking barrels”?

        But, if not, remember to pronounce his name in a way you can fathom!..


        Cool, yeah?!

  7. Counsel says:

    On Thursday Wilshere out mkhi in,Xhaka out Niles in and we will be ready for the fight. Hope you saw yesterday Auba does not work hard in games Laca brings so much in the game.I’m confident we will beat atletico # viva!

    1. Babasola says:

      Really Maitland is better than Xhaka ?

      1. John0711 says:

        100% better

        1. Ray says:

          1000%, actually!

  8. Babasola says:

    Making the tempo of the slow was the reason Man Utd were not able to punish us and that’s credit to Wenger

    Nonetheless Midfield did well as for some minutes Niles wasn’t afraid to tackle any of the Man U players and was connecting well with Xhaka and other players

    They started 2nd with similar zest and then similar to Ath. Madrid Game (after the red card) all of that enthusiasm disappeared after we scored.

    They defended well, but didn’t even try to hold the ball at-all – leave the ball completely to ur opponent (asides Arsenal) and it’s just a matter of time till they score

    1. Babasola says:

      Nelson was disappointing

      1. jon fox says:

        Not really. Though it is true he died at Waterloo, but only after the French fleet were defeated. Wenger is also French. Just thought I would mention it, quite for no reason!

        1. Durand says:

          Shameless my friend, but clever i admit. Perhaps Reis rather than Nelson, so as to distinguish between Arsenal youth player and English military strategist.

        2. Ingleby says:

          Actually Jon, Nelson died at Trafalgar. There were no ships at Waterloo.

          1. Ozziegunner says:

            Good point Ingleby; I also picked up jon’s slip up. Even the best of us make them.

  9. John Ibrahim says:

    Mavropanos is not only strong but he has the height too which is what we have been lacking with Kos and Mustafic

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