Tuesday, April 23, 2024

5 Arsenal youngsters with something to prove in 2013

Arsenal do not have any fixtures to fulfil at any level below the first-team until mid-January, but there are several youngsters within the confines of London Colney who, for various reasons, will be particularly determined to prove their worth when the games get underway in 2013. Here are five players who, in no particular order, will be hoping for better times next year.


The Macedonian goalkeeper, signed on transfer deadline day last summer, has struggled for game time since his arrival at the club, with the impressive Reice Charles-Cook often being preferred instead. Iliev was largely impressive when handed a chance to shine against Newcastle United in the FA Youth Cup, however, and, even if his distribution does require some improvement, he will be hopeful of featuring more regularly at various levels in the New Year.


An exceptionally quick winger- he was once the third fastest schoolboy his age in the country- Jeffrey has consistently shone for the U18s since making his breakthrough at that level two seasons ago. He was surprisingly overlooked for a professional contract in the summer, however, and is currently facing a battle to prolong his stay at the club. His impressive display against Newcastle, where he found the net and also created several opportunities, should strengthen his case considerably.


A promising player capable of operating in a variety of midfield positions, Rees endured a difficult 2012 as he was frequently sidelined through injury, and he has scarcely featured for the U21s this season, whilst he is now too old for the U18s. A hard worker and willing runner, he will seek to be more heavily involved in the near future.


The defender, who can play at left-back or centre-back and has been capped by Nigeria at youth level, earned a scholarship at Arsenal having impressed for the U16s last season, but has since found the step up to full-time football at London Colney a rather difficult one. He committed several avoidable errors earlier in the season, and was also sent off recently, but he ended 2012 on a high with a rare goal in the mauling of Blackburn Rovers at U18 level and will hope that is the signal of better things to come in 2013.


Arsenal fought off competition from several Premier League and Championship clubs to secure the signature of Dawkins from Luton Town following a successful trial early last season. Like many of his fellow first-years, however, the tricky winger struggled to adapt early on, failing to beat opponents with the nonchalant ease that he had done so in the past. He looks to have turned a corner, however, with two goals in successive games before Christmas, and will be hopeful of breaking into the U21 squad before the campaign is out.


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young players with something to prove… ramsey?

Ace McGoldrick

Ramsey having something to prove? He has 25 caps for his country for god sake.


Not to mention having captained Wales.

Lawrence Hunt

May as well be 25 caps for your school team.


Chris Gunter has 42 caps at the same age…. who the fuck is Chris Gunter though?

Ramsey needs to step it up. He’s at one of the biggest clubs in the world and needs to start playing like it otherwise we’ll have another Denilson or Bendtner on our hand.

Come-on Rambo, fix-up!


I am Welsh. Gary Speed (RIP) made a bold choice making Rambo captain. A move that probably backfired for the player. Ramsey is nowhere near good enough to start for Arsenal or captain Wales, albeit we’re shit. Call a spade a spade, Ape-boy is world class even though he wear enemy colours for now. Ramsey has so much progression to make, you can blame the leg but Sagna broke twice and he’s back to his top level. Ramsey is not good enough at this time and his role needs filling by another world class midfielder if he’s in line to… Read more »


It almost sounds like Ramsey was Denilson. Please stop this stupid sense of entitlement and stupidity that youngsters in the first-team must be player of the year candidates. The only reason everyone bashes Ramsey is his poor run after being played game after game last season. People like to bash him hard because they have never played professional football in their lives and thus hold unrealistic expectations as to what is a first-team youth player after being pampered by the prodigious talents of Jack Wilshere and Cesc Fabregas. Look, Henry at 21, 22 wasn’t a deadly striker, why do we… Read more »


Not to mention having no idea how player fatigue affects performances.

loose cannon

true Dat!

Cygan's Magical Left Foot

I bet you were finding the same excuses for Almunia, 99% pass complete Denlison and Bendtner. No matter how you dress it and try to convince yourself Ramsey is getting unfair treatments, the bottom line he is NOT GOOD ENOUGH for The Arsenal. Life sometimes tough, we have nothing personal against, we just see him week in week out and find him NOT A GOOD FOOTBALLER. He could be good at music, sense of dress or a charmer, but a good footballer? He is not. Ramsey could do well with one of those northern hit and hope teams. Our game… Read more »


“I bet you were finding the same excuses for Almunia, 99% pass complete Denlison and Bendtner.” Since you are banking on this, and it is a bulk of your accusations towards me (personally, and thus affecting my credibility), you find yourself looking like a moron. “I hope this will show you it is nothing personal.” How are you showing that nothing is personal when you just straight up insulted me by believing so much in the fact that I defend Bendtner, Denilson and Almunia that you would bet money on it, thus describing me as a chump change who would… Read more »

Dr Baptiste

Bravo sir, bravo. Now that… was a reply *round of applause*


Im now curious to see Jefferey play. Any footage of all tgese players, by chance?


When are Arsenal going to pull there finger out and announce the date for the FA Youth cup tie v Fulham ?


One word. Gnabry

A Yank

Word? Pretty sure that was my opening Scrabble draw last night.




Ive seen some of the lads and most of them, i have to admit that their talented indeed and they will propably have a great future in Arsenal first team(s). But now’s NOT the time to recruit…i think its time to put some major utilery in our gun cabinet…these lads need some WORLD class Experienced players,so they will ‘grow’ among them, in order to become World class themselves too.. btw@arseblog …with all the respect for your great work…but pls try to be more carefull with nationalities and geography…ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΙΑ is a part of N.Greece , and Macedonia is the last letter… Read more »


What a stupid comment!!!

Republic of Macedonia is a independent country, recognized by 130 countries around the globe under constitutional name! Everyone has right to declare itself according to United Nations!

My friend you sound like a racist. Check your knowledge ones more!

I really hope that all this young players will prove their best performance and gain a chance to play for the first team!

Go Gunners!!!


no need to be rude mate and definetely i dont need to check my knowledge…MAKEDONIA has been Greek for thousands of years …check history your self…and batko…im SURELLY NOT A RACIST


Dr Baptiste

Greece only has a quarter of Macedonia from the old kingdom. The goalkeeper is Macedonian, as in from Macedonia and not from Macedon (the area disputed with Greece). See, a bit of research and your point is basically disproven.


@Dr Baptiste if Greece has a ‘quarter’ of Makedonias old nation …then whats the…percentage for Republic of Macedonia…?(thats the correct name and no doubt that was part of Makedonia like Bulgaria till the depths of Asia and Egypt).
seems like Maths look a bit heavy now…

Fever Pitch

i bet my bollocks that none of you so-called-Macedonians of Yugoslavian Residence know what the name ALEXANDROS (100% Greek Name) means…2 of 3 ‘Macedonians’ are named Aleksandar (Alexander) and they end up screwing this epic name by calling them…SASHA (WTF) !!!


A name is whatever anyone chooses to call something. Germans don’t call their homeland Germany, for example.

So if the people there choose to call them Macedonians and some English-speaker here calls him Macedonian, then it really is up to them. This is regardless of whatever whoever says they should be called.

People do whatever they want, such is life.


PREDICTION: Arsenal, fresh off their week of eating leftover turkey and stuffing, start out really slow, and keep asking Newcastle to stop running so fast because they’re getting that stitch in their side, you know, the one from running too much or whatever. Newcastle laugh at Arsenal’s request, but in the process of laughing so hard at Arsenal being such babies, five of the Newcastle starting 11 pull various muscles, and with nobody on the Newcastle bench, Arsenal run riot. They decide to bring on Gervinho to help build his confidence against a half-strength side; Gervinho is pulled four minutes… Read more »

Gunsen gunner

Sound about right.

Jim Jimminy

You’re quite the supporter aren’t you. Well done.


Ramsey hasn’t shone since the second half of last season, but it’s not through lack of effort. Plus i dont think the wide role, he often gets this season, suits him. Easy for fans to jump on him if he is played there over the ox.


What the playing squad needs is a bit of an overhaul to create competition from below as well. i say sell these 12 fabianski squillaci djourou santos eastmond denilson galindo arshavin park chamakh bendtner watt. then buy 6 players and promote 6 from the reserves/youths. my candidates for promotion are martinez miquel yennaris shea afobe meade eisfeld gnabry henderson aneke. there are 10 there so send 4 out on loan straight away if not all of them as long as they are guaranteed first team football. with the.players left behind and 6 new signings we would easily have enpugh to… Read more »


Wow!! Arsene out, you’re hired mate. Pfffft.


Lol how do you stop gervinho from scoring? You pass him the ball while 2 yards out.

Jim Jimminy

Go away.


Fuck off to Greece Macedonia is free


support ur team n f o with politics u ignorant f@ck


With all respect to everyone’s opinions on this blog (and yes you all have the right to voice them no matter how different they are), I’m still BLOWN AWAY by the fickleness of some of the supporters here. Do you think that by making Ramsey and gervinho, two undeniably talented players with potential to be world class, the scapegoats that it’s going to miraculously make them better and not do anything to their confidence? Of course bloody not, you get behind them and support them. What the fuck did criticizing our players ever do for us? Eboue? Was the right… Read more »


The haters must hate, for they have no reasons to exist otherwise.

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Ramsey is better than Tom cleverly was at age 22. And you all think he is great. In fact Ramsey is better than Tom cleverly is now. And he’s lauded as the next scoles!
At 25 Ramsey will boss the midfield.
The people who slaughter Ramsey now are the same who thought theo was shit until December and now moan that the club did not sign him up. The all wanted to sell him last spring… Can u take this ppl seriouse??

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