Vital Football

Latest Arsenal FC News

Pennant Still Bitter??

Pennant Still Bitter??

Ex-Arsenal bad boy, Jermaine Pennant, has issued a warning to Theo Walcott, that Arsenal's youth policy may not be as good as it looks.

Pennant, now with Birmingham, seems to think that coming through the youth system at Arsenal means automatic failure, and had this to say.

'I've never seen Walcott play but I've heard he is a good player and the big teams have been in for him so he must be good. I wish him all the best - but it is not going to be easy.

'Are Arsenal the best club to develop at? Things didn't work out for me so it would be hard for me to say but the club has got a lot of faith in him and they will try and nurture him as best as possible.

'It didn't work out for me and hopefully it will work out for him.

'When I was there, my FA Youth Cup team won the competition two years in a row and there is nobody to show for it playing now at Arsenal.'

He went to to (wrongly) slate Arsenal's youth policy and said.

'Only Ashley Cole has come through from the youth ranks so I don't know if the youngsters do get a chance but we will see what happens with Walcott.'

He said: 'You go to Arsenal, you just want to play football, you are so excited and you have a honeymoon period.

'Then as soon as you know you are not playing you start thinking 'what have I done here? why am I not playing? what's happening?'

'There are good times but if you know you are not playing every week, like Walcott has been playing regularly at Southampton, then it can take its toll.

'It is going to be difficult but I'm sure Arsenal have got faith in him and he will come through.

Players who have come through the ranks at Arsenal have gone/going on to had/have great career's, Cole, Fabregas, Bentley, Himself, Clichy are but a few.

Pennant added a word of advice for Theo.

'Have I any advice for Walcott? It would be 'just be patient, train hard and make sure your attitude is right'. If he is good enough as everyone is saying, then Arsene Wenger will give him his chance.'

Attitude??????? That's rich!

Writer:Rocky7
Date:Monday January 23 2006
Time: 8:21PM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Arsenal Articles

Liverpool Continue 'Spending Spree' With Ox?

Liverpool's sights are set on Arsenal's England international - also linked with Chelsea & Manchester City - with 'sources' confident Oxlade-Chamberlain signing odds are increasing.

West Ham Could Save Walcott's England Dream

Theo Walcott's future could be away from Arsenal and West Ham, again, are the side to save the forwards stuttering England career.

Manchester United Forward Arsenal's Mbappe Plan B?

Arsenal, becoming less likely to sign Monaco's Kylian Mbappe, who favours Real Madrid anyway, have earmarked Manchester United's Anthony Martial as a plan B option?

Arsenal Must Pay £44m-£53m For Lacazette

Not a problem, right? Considering Arsenal were recently reportedly prepared to pay £50m for Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette.

Archived Vital Arsenal Articles

Vital Arsenal articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Arsenal
Write For Vital Arsenal
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

FA - Chelsea MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Ospina9%
Holding7%
Mertesacker58%
Monreal1%
Bellerin2%
Ramsey3%
Xhaka6%
Oxlade-Chamberlain2%
Ozil3%
Sanchez6%
Welbeck0%
Sub - Giroud1%
Sub - Coquelin1%
Sub - Elneny1%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Arsenal Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Naijagunner1
Vital Football Comment