A bit of fun today as ‘1nildown1oneup brings you are review of the summer and the season to date with a difference. The season told as an old wife’s tale. Look out for a proverb or saying or two!!
Not written much of late for which apolgise and I will apolgise again in advance for today’s post. Why because in essence it is purely a re-posting of a piece I wrote in February. Having said that two men and a dog followed me back then on twitter and my blog was brand new, still on tumblr and not linked to any news sites. So there is an excellent chance you will not have read this before.
However I am using this again because it was a combination of speculation and theory in February but the speculation became a reality and the theory will now be tested. So please take some time to read on below and the relevance may should become clear.
This was posted on Feb 21st under title ‘Once an Arsenal man, always an Arsenal man is no longer enough.’ Continue reading
“We have Jenkinson, we have Koscielny – who has been educated as a right-back – we have Djourou who can play right-back,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
The above was the quote from Wenger back in October when Sagna broke his leg the first time on October 2nd last year. The French international’s misfortune began a whole serious of misfortune when it came to the fitness of our full backs. Some might argue and I would be among the number that had it not been to the loss of Sagna, Gibbs and Santos at the same time, our revival would have begun earlier and third places would have been secured considerably earlier than on the final day.
So as it transpired Wenger did indeed have to utilise all of the above players at right back between in the 3 month period and you can throw in Francis Coquelin and Nico Yennaris as well. So as we find ourselves again without our first choice right-back gain due to Sagna’s incredible back luck, we must assume that Wenger and know Banfield and Bould will be discussing the situation as I write. Why because we must assume Bacary will be out until earliest September and latest November and the squad will reconvene to travel to the Far East in only 2 months from now. Our first match in Malaysia I believe is schedules for the 25th of July. Continue reading
Despite the headline the subject of this piece is not the established German international we all hope to see in red & white next season, but the one who we have already signed last summer. A few have written about the prodigious talent that is Serge Gnabry, but so far I have not been one of them. However I felt now was the correct time to look into Gnabry’s growing story for 2 reasons. Firstly because this week we have had the exciting news that Arsenal will be entering the NextGen tournament and Serge will undoubtedly be a leading light for us. Secondly and more pressingly he will be walking out for Germany next Friday 4th May on the opening day of the European Under 17 Championships against Georgia. Last year our very own Kyle Ebecilio ( featured in Austin Ellinor’s guest blog on 25th March/archive) dominated the tournament, as the Dutch were victorious and was awarded the Golden Player award. One only has to look at the list of previous winners of this prestigious award to know that the odds of those starring in this championship succeeding at the very top of the world game are high. Rooney won in 2002, our own Fabregas in 2004, Nuri Sahin in 2005 and Tony Kroos in 2006 to highlight a few. So we know we have a special talent in Ebecilio already making headlines for our reserves this season and evidence suggests there is a good chance that 16 years old Serge Gnabry might follow in his and Cesc’s shoes in the next 2 weeks.
Serge Gnabry – Next Superstar? Continue reading