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Nitesh: Does Arsenal have the experience it needs now?

Posted on September 27, 2011 by Nitesh

A major issue with Arsenal’s team in the last 5 years or so has been that it has been too inexperienced. This is true; as much as I support the youth project and everything else Arsene and Arsenal stand for, you can’t argue that there’s no substitute for experience. Except, of course, exceptional young talent!

But now it seems that the scene has changed a bit. Take a look at Arsenal’s first team now, provided all are fit, which is seldom the case……

………………………………………..Szczesny………………………………………………….

…..Sagna……Per/ Koscielny……………..Vermaelen……….Gibbs/ Santos…

……………………………..Song………………Wilshere…………………………………..

……….Walcott…………………Arteta………………………….Gervinho……………..

……………………………………van Persie……………………………………………………

First of all, I don’t like Walcott in that starting lineup, and he would be the only position which I believe needs better reinforcements as soon as possible. But the rest of the field is choke-full of experience, or raw young talent!

We get a great start with Szczesny, who’s easily one of the better keepers in the league today. The blokes over at FIFA reckon De Gea over at Manure is a better GK, which really tells us a lot about their scouting routines now!…

Moving on, we have Sagna, the current French national team right back, PFA right-back of the year and whatnot. He’s around 27 [sorry, I’m not up-to-date on the ages of most players], and that’s around the age most players are at their peak. His performances are solid week in week out, and he should certainly have enough experience in the Premier League now. Our vice-captain Vermaelen, easily one of the best defenders in the world when he’s fit. I believe he’s the current Belgian captain, and certainly has the experience and the grit of playing and surviving at the highest level.

The other 2 members of our back-4 aren’t really established, but the second centre-back, atleast, isn’t going to be any cause for commotion. I think that Kozzer’s one of the better defenders to have turned out in Arsenal colours, and Per, well, he’s a giant, isn’t he?!

Our midfield has always been the cause of envy for Premier League clubs, and although this season’s 5 aren’t going to be the biggest stars on the planet, it is still a hugely talented field. Wilshere and Song provide the raw young grit needed, and Arteta brings with him 6 and a half years of already playing in the Premier League. Gervinho is still untested as such; his greatest test was against Newcastle in my opinion, which was his first game, and I wouldn’t like to repeat my words again for your tired eyes. Just 2 words—–Joey Barton. You could take it as 1 name if you want, or if you’re a very lazy bloke like me.

Robin van Persie—absolutely no words for him. He’s our De Kapitein (the Dutch words for Le Capitan, or so I have been told at least). He’s 28 now, and no one can call him inexperienced at all. There are still some muppets like the ones over on MOTD who protest his having the armband, but in my opinion, he’s one of the only player in the world capable of carrying a team on his own, and one of the few in the Premier League who can win a game on his own.

In the end, no, Arsenal isn’t the most experienced team in the league, and will never be. But this current Arsenal team makes up for that in things unheard of for a long time, with grit, determination, and love for the shirt. Let’s get behind the lads, and show them why we love the club and everything it stands for! COYG !!

by Nitesh

3 to “Nitesh: Does Arsenal have the experience it needs now?”

  1. stan says:

    Nitesh don’t forget chamberlain as a replacement for walcott! In fact I think he will be much better in this position.
    I hope miquel will become a rock too, and quick…
    Let’s not underestimate our potential. This summer has been a mess but hopefully it’s behind us now. It’s time to look forward!

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  2. Kashmaster says:

    As long as Arsene is our manager I believe we will always have an amazing team for a fraction of the other 5 team’s prices.

    Many people talk about spending ridiculous amounts of money on mediocre players but money does not guarantee long term success. Look at Man city and Chelsea, they will never have a history like Arsenal, Liverpool and Man utd. This is simply because money is simply injected by the owners and not by the profit of their revenue. Eventually their rich Russian and Arab owners will die and leave the clubs for dust and then we will see who is laughing.

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