You know that giant, hulking, box-to-box midfielder we’ve all been longing for since Patrick Vieira left in 2005?
Well…whisper it quietly, but Arsene thinks he has found one in the Academy. OK, so he’s not said he’s like Paddy, but rather Yaya Toure who we once had on trial, couldn’t get a work permit for and then watched move around Europe for mega-bucks. But that’s not a bad comparison in the eyes of Arseblog News.
The young man in question you ask? His name ladies and gentlemen, is Chuks Aneke. Write it down, get it printed on a shirt, scream it at your neighbour. Just make sure you remember it.
Speaking to Arsenal Player about the 18-year-old, who made his debut in the dying minutes of the win over Shrewsbury, Wenger boldly asserted: “Chuks is a bit like Yaya Toure – he has body power and good technique.
“We had Yaya here [on trial] and for me Chuks is a bit similar because he can play behind the striker or in a deeper role as well. We will have to see where he will develop, it is not excluded that in the future he will play deeper in midfield.”
So there we go, plenty to get excited about. Let’s hope he’s not a donkey.
Of course, one new(ish) name to make an impact already this season has been Francis Coquelin. The French midfielder spent last season on loan with Lorient and having made his debut two years ago as a right-back has settled as an all-action midfielder.
Talking about the transformation, Wenger noted: “He is more a player who likes to cover ground than a player who starts from the back in a tactical position.
“He likes to be involved at the heart of things. A player’s position has to suit his personality. When that is not the case, in the long-term you have no chance.
“I always thought he would be a player for Arsenal Football Club but he is a little bit in the situation of Jack Wilshere last year – the loan out to a top division club has done him good confidence-wise.
“He has transferred that into our first team now. He was good at the [Under-19] World Cup with France, and he is moving on well and improving.”
Both Coquelin and Aneke are expected to play some part in tonight’s match with Bolton Wanderers at the Emirates.