A Glimpse into the Future of the Gunner's Defense?
Amidst the stupendous siege that the Arsenal attack laid on Chris Kirkland's goal last night, another facet of the young Gooners play had me entranced in excitement. The Arsenal defense last night was nothing short of fabulous. Though they had some moments on long balls and heaving throw-in's where they looked just a tad out of sorts, that wrinkle will surely be ironed out with time. Fantastic tackles were being made all over the pitch, but no two players made more exquisite, ball winning tackles than Johan Djourou and Alexander Song.
Being the realist and cynic that I am, I just can not see any Arsenal youth player being able to displace either outside backs, in Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna. The other two positions, however, are very much up for grabs in the coming years. Who should be starting at the centre back positions has been a hot topic throughout the Gooner blogosphere since Sol Campbell left. Now this article is not trying to imply that Johan and Alex should be starting every game this season, though looking at them as a long term option should be a much more realistic objective to argue. Both William Gallas and Kolo Toure are getting up there in years, for Arsenal standards of course, and possible replacements must be lined up. The pair of 21 year olds showed last night that they can be a perfect combo in the centre of the defense, as both have the speed, height, and physical presence required for the job, and with Djourou measuring up at 6 foot, 4 inches, he has the extra height that most Arsenal fans are shouting for.
Though both players actually see themselves as defensive midfielders, I believe that Arsene has a long term plan for them elsewhere. With Djourou recently signing a massive six year contract and Song already on a long term deal, Le Boss has no intention of letting these two prospects go. They very well could be the perfect solution for Arsenal's defensive frailties of late, and with Arsenal fans everywhere demanding for a new, towering centre back be brought in, we may not have to after all. What do you all think?