Homegrown Gibberish Whilst Arsenal Strive For Consistency

An outbreak of sanity for the next few months, transfer targets remain more fanciful than they were in the summer as football turns its attention to the proper stuff. You know, the game itself. Amid tepid disinterest, the Premier League clubs announced their squads yesterday. Well, thanks for that I couldn’t work out the information from the clubs websites, conveniently structured into ‘First Team’, ‘Reserves’ and ‘Youth’ sections. The farcical nature of it all is highlighted by the 71 players registered by Arsenal.

The arbitrary twenty-five man ruling by the Premier League serves little purpose. The wording is couched so loosely in their rules that there is no lower limit – theoretically, a club could submit a squad with no names and rely on their Under-21s – and no imposition of homegrown quotas. There is a maximum of 17 foreign players over the age of 21 who do not satisfy the rules designed to encourage the nuturing of local talent. Except the Arsenal squad proves that you do not have to be a native to be considered a product of the domestic youth system.

Simply listing English players on a piece of paper does no more than guarantee them a place on the bench or stands. The only manner of improving their technique and experience is by coaching them properly from a young age. There is no other substitute and it is the only way for them to progress to the top clubs and play. Still, Fifa and Uefa have coerced the footballing world into believing that this is a solution and I suspect that it will sit quite happily as one of the legacies left by Platini and Blatter. It is typical of them; hot on words, cold on actions or achievements.

Back to Arsenal. There has been mixed news for Arsene in this international week. Nicklas Bendtner has apparently suffered a relapse or new injury, depending on your interpretation of the report whilst Tomas Rosicky has reportedly been suffering from a virus. I doubt it is the sort of virus that my mum used to claim she suffered from at weekends.

Whilst they suffer, Samir Nasri has returned to training. His return is some compensation for the loss of Robin van Persie and sets the Frenchman on a collision course with Rosicky for the midfield place as Arshavin will presumably move into supporting striker role in the Dutchman’s absence. Assuming that all of them return unscathed from international duty, a by no means certain outcome.

Arsene’s choice is not simple. Rosicky has been outstanding whilst Nasri had a terrific first half at Anfield, subdued in the second by injury. It bodes well for the coming campaign but consistency from Nasri in particular, is needed. Both players can fill wide and central positions giving more variety to the Arsenal attack than other teams possess but the pair look to worked harder on their defensive game. Perhaps Walcott was not the only player told by Wenger to be more aggressive in their approach.

Theo Walcott may covet that role as well. Top scorer this season, it has been a marked improvement which the England international believes can be simply explained:

I had a very good pre-season, no injuries, I had a nice break over the summer and everything is going well so far. I stay behind to improve on things like the final ball, the end product, stuff like that. I practice crossing and finishing and penalties.

As the official website put it, the early season form is the result of ‘hard graft’. The self-confessed work in the gym is evident for all to see as are the improvements in his technique. The ludicrous claims of Alan Hansen have been roundly derided in all quarters but consistency needs to come to the fore so that Hansen’s smug grin is permanently wiped from his face.

’til Tomorrow.

221 thoughts on “Homegrown Gibberish Whilst Arsenal Strive For Consistency

  1. Dupps:

    Can’t go to London and stop with 1 pint. My son and I are going to make the pilgramage some day. He has to come with me to the Emirates and I have to go with him to Old Trafford.

  2. Maybe it’s about the poor people’s club Vs the rich or aristocrat’s club?

    This is often the case in many countries, where a club is viewed as the King’s favorite club and it is always hated, usually when the ruler is over thrown or the country switch to a republic.

    I’m not sure if I’m explaining this right, but the question to my British friends, is Arsenal viewed as the Aristocrats club or used to be?

  3. REPOST:

    May I suggest that you put up a poll after every matches to gauge whether a solid goalkeeper could probably save Arsenal 1 point or 2? Say, the first game against Liverpool, I don’t think any goalkeeper could have save the goal so there was no point to gain or lose. Same about last game against Blackburn. That’s Clichy & Kolceshy’s fault hence nothing to do with Alumnia and the result won’t change so no poll needed.

    By running this kind poll we could have a better idea of how many points could have gained by splash the money on proved goalkeeper.

  4. I always thought Chelsea, followed by Manu and Liverpool, were the ‘Aristocrats’ clubs, Arsenal usually the odd one out, and at the other of the class divide the likes of West Ham?

    When I started supporting, Arsenal had a strong London Irish flavour, Stapleton (an old favourite of mine), Brady, Rice and O’Leary amongst others; perhaps one includes Pat Jennings too.

    As for West Ham, I hadn’t realised how many of the current england crop orginated from West Ham youth, at least 7 or 8, extraordinary, and well done to them. I wonder of it continues?

  5. My favourite Arsenal players ever are
    1. Liam Brady
    2. Rocky
    3. Thierry
    4. Bergkamp
    5. Adams
    6. Pires
    7. Song

  6. Manu Utd do get the rub of the green on many occaisions, maybe more than other teams as well. But that is not the reasons for their success over the years; has it contributed? yes, a little bit. But they have consistanty been a good team since the start of the PL, and that cannot but simply put down to luck.

  7. 12. Kanu
    13. Wright

    ManU have had assistance over the years, helped immensely by their sense of entitlement, applauded roundly by the media.

    15. Eboue

  8. All the Irish builders on the various sites I dug and carried what seemed like vast quantities of rubble in the 70s seemed to support Arsenal.

    16. Davis
    17. Winterburn
    18. Denilson
    19. Diaby
    20. Anders
    21. Seaman
    22. Freddie

  9. They also supported the IRA. Not sure if one can say these things, but its history and at the time, true. They were friendly to me as a political exile and I was very appreciative because scary National Front was active on building sites, and they protected me. I was all of 18 years old.

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