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  1. Armin

    After preseason I was 100% sure Akpom and Afoebe will get chance which Gnabry is getting now, same as last year I was 100% sure Eisfeld will. But Arsene didn’t need them (this also says something about “thin squad” we have). Most of them, in 70% of PL clubs would be starters, but we have enough depth in team to leave them in academy for proper development.
    For a youngster of that age, maybe it is even better to remain at youth squads where they are less exposed to media moaners who would wait first chance to bury them as “never reaching full potential” and all other stuff we were listening about TheO for a years.

  2. Gerry Lennon

    Walter, I must thank you for the first article you wrote on this for, in part, it inspired me to write a full blog on the academy players elsewhere.

    The three players you describe here are my thoughts exactly.
    You cannot believe how long I have been saying that Bellerin is wasted as a fullback. However, I am coming around to the view that AW is changing that role into more advanced wing backs, which is the role Bellerin was born for?

    Gnabry – I want him to play centre forward against Cardiff and Hull, preferably with Podolski on his left. That would leave Giroud fresh for those tricky three fixtures following on – Everton, Napoli, Man City in December?

    Jon Toral, many before me have been singing his praises. i think as we start the second half of the season, the bench has got to make space for players like him to do the odd 20 minutes and more people get to see his talent. It will also give him encouragement to know what his future holds and keep working to improve?

    Zelalem is indeed a gem. I agree with AW’s policy of taking it steady with these exceptional players. Nobody wants to see a repeat of what has happened to Wilshere? But short spells from the bench, and may be longer time in the early rounds of the FA Cup will be possible, even this season?

    In two years time, many of the current first names on the team sheet will be looking over their shoulders with a nervy twitch?

  3. ARSENAL 13

    AND Walter, Crowley. This boy, I think he is injured right now, is very impressive as per some.
    Names aside, we’ve got a very talented bunch at the doors of the first team. With their hands up and ready to knock. I think they just wont knock the door, they’ll knock it off the hinges and force their way into the team…

  4. WalterBroeckx


    About Bellerin he has a style that reminds me a lot of (I hate him but admit he is a great RB) Danny Alvez from Barcelona in his prime. I think he(Alvez of course) is a c*nt of the highest order but one of the best attacking right backs there is. And Bellerin has the same attributes I think.
    I hope that Sagna signs another contract for another season and than that Bellerin slowly will take over after having learned his job. We would have an awesome attacking threat on the right flank then. But we would need a good covering midfielder then. Oh that’s right we got Flamini 🙂

  5. WalterBroeckx

    Crowley was amongst the subs at Dortmund but didn’t came on. It was the first time that he was with the team also after an injury. So I couldn’t make any statement about him as I haven’t seen him play.

    By the way Arsenal won 4-2 against Aston Villa last night. The first half seemed rather well with Arsenal going 4-0 up. In the second half the keeper made a mistake and Villa came back to 4-1. And then Villa showed their quality by pressing us back and scoring another goal but that was it.

    The U21 are still unbeaten in their season and with 3 games in hand could go top if they win all those games.
    And most of the games they didn’t play Zelalem (was on international duty this week I think) or Crowley.

  6. Brickfields Gunners

    Thanks for these updates of the young ‘uns,Walter . I don’t really follow them closely and yours ,and others ‘opinions here often get me excited of these new developing talents .
    And talking of kids ,have a look at these fine photos of fathers and sons from all over the world .

  7. Brickfields Gunners

    View the above to this song ….

  8. Brickfields Gunners

    And here’s to daddy’s girl…


  9. Brickfields Gunners

    On the subject of kids ,here’s …. A Very Smart Boy

    A first-grade teacher, Ms. Williams, was having trouble with one of her students. The teacher asked, “Jerry, what’s your problem?”

    Jerry answered, “I’m too smart for the 1st grade. My sister is in the 3rd grade and I’m smarter than she is! I think I should be in the 5rd grade!”

    Ms. Williams had had enough. She took Jerry to the principal’s office.

    While Jerry waited in the outer office, the teacher explained to the principal that this was an exceptionally bright kid. The principal told Ms. Williams he would give the boy a test. If he failed to answer any of his questions he was to go back to the 1st grade and behave. She agreed.

    Jerry was brought in and the conditions were explained to him and he agreed to take the test.

    Principal: “What is 3 x 3?”

    Jerry: “9.

    Principal: “What is 6 x 6?”

    Jerry: “36.”

    And so it went with every question the principal thought a 3rd grader should know.

    The principal looks at Ms. Williams and tells her, “I think Jerry can go to the 3rd grade”

    Ms. Williams says to the principal, “Let me ask him some questions.”

    The principal and Jerry both agreed.

    Ms. Williams asks, “What does a cow have four of that I have only two of?”

    Jerry, after a moment: “Legs.”

    Ms. Williams: “What is in your pants that you have but I do not have?”

    The principal wondered why would she ask such a question!

    Jerry replied: “Pockets.”

    Ms. Williams: “What does a dog do that a man steps into?”

    Jerry: “Pants.”

    Ms. Williams: “What starts with a C, ends with a T, is hairy, oval, delicious and contains thin, whitish liquid?”

    Jerry: “Coconut.”

    The principal sat forward with his mouth hanging open.

    Ms. Williams: “What goes in hard and pink then comes out soft and sticky?”

    The principal’s eyes opened really wide and before he could stop the answer, Jerry replied, “Bubble gum.”

    Ms. Williams: “What does a man do standing up, a woman does sitting down and a dog does on three legs?”

    Jerry: “Shake hands.”

    The principal was trembling.

    Ms. Williams: “What word starts with an ‘F’ and ends in ‘K’ that means a lot of heat and excitement?”

    Jerry: “Firetruck.”

    The principal breathed a sigh of relief and told the teacher, “Put Jerry in the fifth-grade, I got the last seven questions wrong.”

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