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Arsenal To Win Championship?

The Birmingham Post`s Hyder Jawad says that Arsenal trio Nicklas Bendtner, Fabrice Muamba and Sebastian Larrson could go a long way to helping Birmingham City gain promotion back to the Premiership.

The Arsenal starlets joined Birmingham on loan back in August. Muamba and Larrson are on a season-long loan, Bendtner is there until January, although Steve Bruce wants to extend that loan till the end of the season.

Bendtner got off to a great start for the Blues, grabbing some vital goals. But it is Muamba who has impressed most so far this season, prompting team mates his manager and several journalists to draw comparisons with Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira. Larrson hasn`t had as many opportunities as his fellow Gooners to impress but has done well when called upon.

This is what Jawad had to say:

On Nicklas Bendtner: 'He settled in instantly. Within the first five minutes of his debut you could see his class.

He`s fearless. I haven`t seen so much confidence in a teenager in a long time. He`s got a belief in his own ability that`s up there with Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen.

His movement off the ball is superb and to be honest you could play him anywhere and he`d look good. His passing, touch and finishing are exemplary too.

He`s just beautiful to watch. Without doubt he could be playing in the Premiership now and if I was going to pick a Championship dream team Bendtner would definitely be in it."

On Fabrice Muamba: 'Fabrice is a much tougher player. He fits in well to a team that`s as direct as Birmingham. His touch is superb and you certainly wouldn`t fancy a 50/50 tackle with him.

Like Bendtner, you could play him in any position and he`d shine. I think at any level of football you need to give a young player a string of games to take away the fear.

At the beginning he wasn`t quite guaranteed first-team football but I think that meant there was no pressure and that breeds confidence. Now he`s had a run he looks more relaxed and he`s really making an impression."

His comments on Seb Larrson were a little more surprising. Many-a-Gooner could see little that stood out about him but Hyder Jawad is seeing something that not many of us are: 'At left back he`s looked good, bombing forward and putting in some decent crosses. He`s quieter than the other two and a bit different but again he could play anywhere.

He seems to know who he`s going to pass to even when he doesn`t have the ball and has the ability to make time for himself.

Of all three I think Larsson may get the chance at Arsenal and will certainly be an international for years to come.

He`s not been in the side so much recently because Steve Bruce was under pressure and had to bring in more experienced players to make sure the team got some results. For that reason you can`t read anything into Larsson being on the bench - it`s just the way things have worked out. I`m sure he`ll be back in very quickly."




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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 15 2006

Time: 7:38PM

Your Comments

great that they are performing so well in the ccc..also great for arsenals future I guess when they finally come back to the fold.....
ernshaw
Yeah certainly, I'm excited about all of them coming back. I didnt think Larrson had it in him but it would seem that Hyder Jawad has brought us a new perspective of him.
simmy8_2000
surely its bittersweet for brum. they may get promoted but they will struggle to replace 3 top players when they return to Arsenal, meaning that almost certainly they will get relegated in their first season.
gazzap
hmm, interesting, his thoughts on seba. I think ever since i saw clips of bendtner and had seen his record at reserve level I'd thought the guy was special, he seems to take each step up in class in his stride, and never looks out of place, and to me that's the sign of a real star in the making - his debut for denmar being a great example, first game, and he scores. Muamba, he has been touted since the 2nd half of last season, this has grown louder and louder, and now it seems he's starting to show his true potential for brum. Seba, he's had a few games for the arsenal first team, looked a bit of a hoyte-esque guy in character, maybe a little intimidated by the reality of the arsenal glare. But if this journo sees him week in week out, I'm sure he has seen more of his attributes of late than i have. I hope he is right regarding larsson. »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
Gazzap, I wouldn't rule out the possibilty of all three spending a season with them in the premiership if they get promoted, we are covered in all their posistions so it wouldn't do them any harm.
simmy8_2000
it would indeed be a good way of blooding them in the prem, and would save them having to re-acclimatise to another club, were they to go out on loan again. »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
it will be the closest Arsenal get to winning any silverware this season!
TheRookery
Point.. if bendtner is allowed to continue on a season long loan at birmingham city, and they get promoted.. they would have a difficult time replacing these 3 players in the prem.. but i dont see why wenger wouldnt allow these three to stay there for another season if birmingham are indeed promoted.. that would give them the requisite prem experience too.. and seeing that we have all these positions covered quite well at the moment, it would be good for the lads.. good to hear abt larsson though.. i thought he was a dying prospect..
go4it_adi
Rookery, you are a.......... t*at, you douche bag! Bentdner is really special, I hope they all do well.
yusufine
Interesting thing that all 3 could play at any position, according to Jawad. I dont see why Larrson cant come back next season to be backup for Clichy though. But all of this bodes well for us. Good to see Arsenal players doing well, wherever they are. Even Lupoli is having a great time out on loan.
prits
If the articles true then they'll be screwed when they get back in the prem next year and your boys leave!!
BaldyYid
i doubt its the only silverware rookey, unlike your team eh !
PUREGOLD
Don't forget Prits, we've still got Armand Traore to fit in somewhere as well. By all accounts he's gonna be the cats pyjamas! I love the fact that we've got such a plethora of talent, especially in central midfield and accross the whole of the back four. Still got Diaby to come back from injury yet!!
Parano!d
paranoid, you are right, not only is the current 1st team class, but the 2nd and 3rd team, chelsea may spend big for the 1st XI but they have NO youth policy.
PUREGOLD
yeah.. look at merida.. he's gonna be the next ronaldinho of what i have heard and seen of him.. then we have armand traore.. superb on the left flank, then randall, stokes is playing awesome stuff, bendtner , then lupoli, larsson, muamba, diaby to come back from injury, alexandre song.. all under 20.. i guess chelsea will be spending 200 million quid to buy them kind of players in the future.. when we got all of them for a combined fee of 1 million quid.. simply brilliant.. and yes not to forget.. the"englishman" theo walcott too..
go4it_adi
 

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