Writer: Nick Simmonett
Date:Monday December 18 2006
Vital Arsenal member super_gooner asked which Arsenal youngsters will make it into the Arsenal first team in the future. That got me thinking (enjoy it, it doesn`t happen too often). Here are the results:
Lupoli and Bendtner will make it but neither looks like staying at Arsenal. Lupoli has already said that he wants to go back to Italy and Bendtner seems to have something of an attitude problem.
Merida - The new Cesc. Could even lead to Cesc being sold if he fulfills his potential.
Mumba - has huge potential. I think he will be one of the best defensive midfielders around in the future.
Denilson - Alot of people in Brazil compare him to Vieira, they say he will start as a defensive midfielder and move up the pitch to play a more creative role as he and his game matures.
Fonte - Has incredible pace and skill, many in Portugal expect great things from the youngster. He can play as a winger or a striker. If Lupoli and Bendtner stay then I think he will end up being used as a winger but as I think both are going I can see him being deployed as a striker.
Vela - Compared to a young Ronaldo, strong, quick and knows where the goal is. I would bet my house (if I owned one) on him making it.
Traore - Big, fast, solid defender with an eye for a cross and not got a bad left peg on him either. Definantly going to make Cole look ordinary in a few years.
Van Den Berg - Fast, skilful and versatile. The new Freddie? We'll see.
Barazite - Compared by himself and Wenger to Van Persie and Bergkamp but with an eye for goal. I don't know much else about him.
Parisio - Compared to Toure by some, it's too early to say that he will make it at Arsenal but he has the potential to be excellent.
As Super_gooner came up with the question I think it`s only fair I publish his thoughts too.
Here they are:
Merida - 'The new Cesc.' We can't let him go if that is the case
Bendtner - Wanted by the likes of AC Milan so he must be good
Lupoli - Wenger says he is a better finisher than Henry...
Muamba - 'The new Vieira' plus he is english
Randall - Looks great and again is english
Traore - Will be the best left back in the world soon
Connolly - Very highly rated and is also english
Plus maybe this lot: Barazite, Fonte, Garry, G.Hoyte, Stokes, O'Ceruill(sp), Van den Berg
Date:Monday December 18 2006
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