16 responses

  1. arsenalfan

    i just found this blog through newsnow, good read. bookmarked.

  2. elnino

    lol.d wages of sin.now dats some funny shit.

  3. 0.9 Calibre

    The “tie up” with Lorient is the beginning of the new reserves structure perhaps?

    Although the reserves league gave our youngsters a purpose/target each year, sending them to different clubs in different leagues poses them with new challenges. However, should Arsene send away the kids to different countries, wont it affect our home-grown status?

  4. Digger

    I wonder what the readers and contributors of Le Grove will make of this (catastrophists I think you refer to their ilk as?)no doubt It’s a conspiracy theory aimed at surreptitiously diverting more funds into the “new” club level.
    I left a reply @ 21.00 on their site last night regarding the constant diatribe they spout about Wenger and the club, now I’ll admit the vernacular was a little colourfull, but no more so than some of the language they use themselves, suffice to say it’s still awaiting moderation (I assume!)

    Still at least here you get a balanced view and a laugh now and then.

  5. fred

    I am not a catatrophist but I worry about this because this was the downfall for Liverpool, When Daglish got rid of their reserve side it stopped their conveyor belt and resulted in their ongoing draught.
    There are of course other circumstances involved but i worry that young players will not want to come to clubs without a
    competative league structure for the reserve team players and those coming back from injury too.

  6. Gooner Gal

    I hope Arsenal release a bit more information on why they pulled out of the league (Tony – your suggestions do sound logical) and how the friendlies will work.

    I think its important that loanee’s go to clubs that play a similar style to us and have managers that won’t play the player out of position. I also wonder how much the home grown ruling had an impact on this decision.

  7. Tim

    I might wait until Arsenal tell us what they are actually going to be doing before predicting anything.

  8. walter

    I predict that Arsenal will tell us why they did this someday.

  9. Robbie

    If the kiddies could play friendlies on a regular basis, what difference does it make? Does anyone have the slightest idea why Arsenal isn’t happy with the current reserve league set up? Or is it possible that it’s nothing wrong with it but Arsenal have found a better option? But, as always, in Wenger i trust (that is, if he had a say in this, which he probably did)

  10. Abhishek Kumar

    I love this move. I always suggested that we have a second team where all our reserve players play togethar and we come out of the reserve league.

    As the reserve league is not competitive and not followed, the players dont get the pressure of playing in a high tension match every week. I think this is the main reason why we have abandoned the reserve league. As for the constant flow of players, I think the players will go to only 2-3 clubs and they will have much more experience of playing togethar in a pressure match.

    I also have a wild speculation. I think that we might be on the verge of buying a club somewhere where we can ship all of our reserve team and they can play togethar as a team and play some continental style football before learning the english style.

  11. Rhys Jaggar

    If you’re going to do this you probably need quite a few different ones. I mean: last year Wilshere was in the Premiership (at Bolton), Lansbury in the Championship along with Simpson and JET, Hoyte was at Brighton in League 1 and the Norwegian was on loan outside the UK. Those just off the top of my head.

    You’d think Salamanca is already the place in Spain, presumably anywhere in France is possible with Wenger at the helm, Holland and Belgium Arsenal now enjoy links with and Capello might help with Italy if it was a potential England youngster, assuming he and Arsene aren’t still feuding from matters past……..

  12. Richard B

    The loss of business to Barnett could be catastrophic -I assume AFC pay a fee for using the pitch as well as playing the pre season friendly.
    But maybe we’ll see more of these ‘development squad’ games at the Emirates. And maybe they should charge for them (£5?) and seek to raise more revenue. I’m sure that the pitch could take another ten games a year, maybe more,and the Carling Cup games have proved that attendances can be quite high if the marketing is right. I’m sure that even a friendly against Spurs or Manure would pull in 20000 plus.
    They could also serve to give season ticket holders greater value for money if they were included in the cost – with added revenue coming from catering and merchandising sales.

  13. Finsbury

    This could mean:

    A couple more signings, players coming in, and a few more (possibly JET? and le Henri de Lansbury?) being bumped up into the 25?


    We’ll find out over the next few weeks…for now,
    c’mon RVP!

  14. Tony Attwood

    I think Barnet get their money at least in part from the pre season friendly with its crowd of about 6,000.

    Leyton Orient suffered in the same way, when the Totts pulled out of the reserve league.

    But… if we do get to play a lot of friendlies then presumably we will play them at Barnet. Or will they be at the training ground, like the youth team games are?

  15. Jazbo

    I think it’s a good move by Arsenal, as our youngsters need to moved out of the comfort zone in England and learn a new style of playing and culture it will make them players and better men.

  16. Leo S

    Having thought about it for a while I think this is a great move for Arsenal. Being part of the Reserve League probably meant that many youngsters who might have been given loan spells and played regular, competitive football were forced to stay with the club in order for us to field a Reserve team.

    From now on, when our youngsters get too old (or too good) to play in the U18 side, there are two options: send them on loan, or bring them into the senior squad. No more rotting in the Reserves, where the football was always infrequent, uncompetitive and of poor quality.

    And if we want to give some of our fringe players or players who recently recovered from injury a game, there is still the option to arrange some “Reserve” friendlies.

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