And look, we are now all to behold “The success of Tottenham’s youth policy, particularly their young English talent, has also highlighted the lack of development of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Calum Chambers, Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and Carl Jenkinson at Arsenal.”
This is just nonsense. How is Jenkinson supposed to get into the team? And has anyone from the paper actually watched the careful and continual development of Chambers? As for the Ox, the problem is not a lack of development but a tendency to get injured. And oh look Ramsey is not included, and yes Theo is not at 100% but who is to say he won’t be soon?
“Alex Iwobi’s breakthrough has been a boost, but Wenger is thought to barely speak to the head of Arsenal’s Academy Andries Jonker which is in stark contrast to the close working relationship Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino enjoys with the club’s head of coaching and development John McDermott.”
And the evidence? Oh it is “thought.” I might think the moon is made of Camembert but that doesn’t make it true.
So how did we get Iwobi, Bellerin, Ramsey, Coquelin, Gnabry? And which one or two of Jon Toral, Ainsly Maitland-Niles, Wellington Silva, Chuba Akpom, Isaac Hayden, Emiliano Martinez, Gedion Zelalem, Julio Pleguezuelo, Krystian Bielik, Daniel Crowley, and Jeff Reine-Adelaide is going to be the Campbell, Bellerin, Iwobi, and Coquelin of next season?
But perhaps the biggest issue comes with the sentence, “Of the traditional top four, Arsenal are best positioned to keep their place in the Champions League qualifying places but the Gunners continue to be hamstrung by a lengthy injury list that has caused disagreements between Wenger and head of athletic performance enhancement Shad Forsythe – particularly in the case of Aaron Ramsey.”
Hey, there’s nothing like throwing in the old ones when the mindless gibberish is running a bit flat. What that silly final statement does is skim over another problem with this “argument”. That there is a “traditional” top four.
No, the top four changes over time. Go back to the first talk of a breakaway league and you will find talk of the Big Five: Man U, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton. The longevity of Man U and Arsenal should surely be applauded. Tottenham might be back in the land of the big boys, but just look where they have been in the interim. As for Liverpool, how many years since they won the league? Come to that its a few since they won the Euro Cup. And Tottenham. When did they last win the league. Fetch me that black and white TV.