We have a Guest Post from Sanchal Dash, a through and through Arsenal fan. He says we have a lot of quality in our youth team and hence it shouldn’t be overlooked. Over to you Sanchal:
The Arsenal Academy has been associated with many talented individual who have graced the pitch at either The Highbury or The Emirates. The crème de la crème of the youth and reserves has never looked as strong as they look now. I have pinpointed my pick for possible stars of future in a gunner shirt, who could prove themselves at the highest level in English and world football just as their alumnus, i.e. Cesc, Wishere, Wojciech Szczesny to name a few.
Emanuel Frimpong: Mostly plays in the same role as his compatriot Alex song, and has made 10 appearances for the reserve team in 2009-10 season and was fast tracked to the first team in the pre season tour of Austria in 2010-11 season before his progress was interrupted by a freaking knee cruciate injury during a training session, which kept him out for 9 months. This season he looks strong as ever and has the physique and skills to be one of the best defensive midfielder in the league.
Jay Emanuel Thomas: One of the most ridiculously talented player in Arsenal Reserves Team. His stats for the reserves league last season were 10 goals from 9 appearances. He has already made 5 appearances for the Arsenal first team but wasn’t provided much playing time hence was shipped on loan to championship where he excelled yet again. He has played at every role available on the pitch except that of Goalkeeping. He certainly has the physique to bully the defenders along with the skills. I would describe him as the English Version of Carlos Vela. He is just awesome and requires much more playing time and the amount of matches we are looking forward to along with the offloading of deadweights in the team we might just have a new star this season.
Henri Lansbury: Already has played for Gunners 6 times and has scored a fantasy goal against the Spuds in Carling cup last season.Need I say more. He prefers to play in the central Midfield. He was shipped on loan to Norwich city where he had performed admirably to become one of the crowd favorite during his spell. I can see him making headlines at emirates after the likely departure of Denilson as he can fit into that role easily and is better than Denilson already and can improve further if he is given ample playing time.
Conor Henderson: A ball playing Midfielder who can play in the left. Ha an amazing left foot. Has already made his debut for arsenal against Leyton Orient and was taking the free kicks and corners ahead of other experienced campaigners. He has the technical ability and can learn a lot from Arshavin and Nasri if he is given more chances.
Miyachi: An excellent winger and already scored on his debut on loan for feyenoord. His excellent performances in dutch eredivise has already made him a crowd favorite and also made the dutch club to send a request for the extension of his loan. If sources are to be trusted then he might join the arsenal team in pre season. He is quick and has great control as well and can fill the void left on the pitch and can make excellent crosses for the likes of RVP and Chamakh.
Welington Silva: Another Winger on loan to Spanish club Levante and also played for Fluminense and scored 2 goals and 5assists in 19 appearances for them. His attitude has been questioned at times but not talent. So if Wenger manages to bring him back to Arsenal he could showcase his Brazilian flair which would augur well for the arsenal attack in coming years.
Chuks Aneke: A through and Through British talent, He has scored 9 goals in 21 appearances for the Arsenal Reserves last season. He is a intelligent midfielder and has contributed to the goal tallies of his fellow team amtes most notably Afobe. Afobe and Aneke have been responsible for the excellent performance of Arsenal Youth team in 2009-2010 season, when they won the league.
Benik Afobe: Another Englishman with an awesome eye for goal and grass burning pace. He has been most successful with linking play with aneke and has scored 4 goals in 9 appearances for Arsenal reserves last season. He was sent to Hudderfields Town on loan to further continue his improvement. He scored 3 goals in 8 appearances during his loan spell. At 17 years of age he still has miles to go but has shown the right attitude to move forward. Given opportunity in next two or three season we may have a 2o goals a season striker.
This is his first post so be a little easy on him.