Youngsters Who Will Make The Grade
Arsenal’s array of youngsters was on display on Saturday. There were three absentees, Carlos Vela, Fran Merida and Kierran Gibbs.
The question on every Arsenal fan’s lips is which ones will make next season. These are the ones I think will make the grade next season.
The young Mexican striker has been earmarked by Wenger as a first team squad player. Vela will get time to show his ability next season both as a striker and on the flanks. Vela has spent the last two seasons in Spain on loan with Osasuna and UD Salamanca before that. He is a full Mexico international. Once he is used to the pace of the Premier League, he will pose Arsene Wenger many problems as to how he will fit Vela, Bendtner, Walcott, Eduardo, van Persie, and Adebayor into the team.
His absence on Saturday was a disappointment to the Arsenal fans, but if has shaken off the littler knock he picked up on Friday, he will appear in tomorrow’s friendly.
A highly rated Spanish midfielder who joined Arsenal via Barcelona, though the transfer has not been without controversy. Merida spent the latter part of the season on loan at Real Sociedad, where he gained valuable first team experience. The Arsenal coaching staff have always rated Merida, this season will see the young Spaniard challenge for a first team place. Wenger will have the opportunity to name Merida amongst his seven substitutes, thus giving him the option of using him if things are going well on the pitch.
The 17-year-old Welsh wizard showed his worth in the game against Barnet. It is no wonder Manchester United and Liverpool were chasing him. Wenger will give him opportunities in midfield, be it wide or in the middle and he will shine. He has great composure and good eye for the perfect pass. At £5 M, commentators will say what a great buy he was. I predict that before the end of the season, Wenger will find it harder to leave him out than several other players at the club.
The other youngsters, Mark Randall, Henri Lansbury, Nacer Barazite, Kierran Gibbs, and Jack Wilshere, will have to make do with the Carling Cup and maybe an FA Cup or Champions League appearance if the opponents are weak. They will go out on loan which will delay the biggest problem until next season for Wenger, how to fit all these talented players into Arsenal’s midfield.