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Are Arsene’s Kindergartens ready or still in their nappies?

October 29, 2009

Are Arsene’s Kindergartens ready or still in their nappies?

October 29, 2009 by marshallalwaysmatters

Around the district of N5 London, The Carling Cup is now known as The Kindergarten Cup as last night’s match provided another opportunity to showcase their talents including senior members who are well out of pre-school.  As League Cup ties go this was a high-paced, high-octane game, with Arsenal and Liverpool showing evident signs that they are in dire need of finding the keys to the trophy cabinet and dusting off the cobwebs!!!

Wenger constantly persists with youth in the competition as an opportunity to gain valuable experience (and to keep that trophy cabinet locked!!).  This was eventually proved the right choice in a 2-1 win as the Young Guns Merida, Gibbs, Gilbert and debutant Craig Eastmond all shone, but the gold star went to Aaron Ramsey.

At 18 years of age and into his 2nd season with Arsenal he is beginning to show maturity and promise which warranted his moved from Cardiff in June 2008.  He has been involved in every team squad so far this season (a complement from Wenger as a testament of his growing development) and has recently opened his Premier League account with a goal against Portsmouth.  He showed quickness in vision, positional play and skill that has a scent of Eau De Fabregas about it!  A class apart in the mealy of the midfield, although tiring in the last 10 minutes – a big thumbs up!

The key question that remains as the competition draws closer to ‘Wembley Way’ will Wenger sacrifice youth for experience in order to bring silverware to The Emirates Stadium? Or remain stubborn as he has in previous years and let go what could be Arsenal’s best opportunity to win a trophy.

Recent seasons have shown that Arsenal lack a core ruthlessness backbone, a cutting killer-edge to put opponents to the sword. A naivety to play football ‘for show’ and not put the result out of doubt? and hold on like a boxer waiting to hear the bell.

A serious level of Ego? Arrogance? Stupidity? Or do they simply not have the desire or hunger to win trophies?

The future of Arsenal is very bright and the long-term ethos is shared throughout the club, but what about the fans? Can they afford to wait another year whilst rivals Man. Utd and Chelsea seem to achieve success season in season out?

Or has football pressures and our society meant that we no longer allow a process to adhere? Is patience a thing of the past? Are billionaires the only way to win trophies? If so does Mr. Kroenke hold the key?

Free thinkers welcome.


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