By Tony Attwood, on a wet Sunday morning…
It is rare that one can draw up three full Arsenal teams without any overlap of players. And it is impossible (at least for me) to do it without making a muddle of it all especially as one moves down to the second and third eleven.
But never having been afraid of making a total prat of myself in public, here goes.
The first eleven looks quite easy to me…
Sagna Vermaelen Mertesacker Santos
Gervinho van Persie Benayoun
This of course assumes everyone is fit, and no one has just played three games in two days for his country.
Which takes us onto the back up team…
Jenkinson, Koscielny, Djourou, Gibbs
Walcott, Park, Arshavin
Clearly it is not going to work like this – some players will be injured and there has to be a bench – plus a bit of rotation in order to keep everyone fresh. But it is Sunday, there’s no football of note, and I like dreaming and playing.
The third team is the hardest one, because try as I might I find it hard to keep up with the reserves and youth team. The reserves have played two and won two, and the word is that this is looking to be a bright team. At this moment I can’t tell you anything about the youth team players (if anyone would like to write a column for Untold about the Reserves and Youth, please do write in), but the records show they have played two, won one and lost one.
But I am not dipping that far down because there’s enough in the reserve team to keep me happy.
Coquelin Squillaci Ignasi Yennaris
Ryo Chamakh Oxlade Chamberlain
Still not used: Benik Afobe, Chuks Aneke, Sanchez Watt, Kyle Embecilio…
Three teams. Surely between them, that ought to allow us to put out a decent side for each game.
Not too bad eh?
And think of the league cup. No more utterly unknowns coming out. It is going to be like last season with a very strong side playing.
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