Thursday, June 20, 2024

Arsenal trio nominated for European gong

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Yaya Sanogo and Serge Gnabry have all been included on the shortlist for the 2013 Golden Boy award.

The prize, which was founded in 2003 by Italian sports publication Tuttosport, celebrates the best young football talents in Europe and has previously crowned the likes of Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Cesc Fabregas.

There are a total 40 nominees for the gong, some names more familiar the others, with the Gunners three contenders representing the most from any single club.

Given Gnabry’s relative inexperience, Chamberlain’s injury problems since August and Sanogo having played only a handful of minutes since moving to England it’s questionable whether any of the Arsenal lads actually deserve the gong, but it’s a nice tip of the cap to the club’s scouting team all the same.

Other Premier League youngsters also nominated include Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku and Omeruo (?), Liverpool’s Tiago Ilori (?), Manchester City’s Matiji Nastasic and Manchester United’ Adnan Januzaj. There are no Spurs players on the list. None. Not a single one.

You can vote for the 2013 Golden Boy awards here. We suggest dousing yourself in creamy biasedness and voting for a Gooner.

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Santi Claws

I do enjoy a good douse. Especially when it’s in creamy biasedness.


Had Chambo been fully fit, he would have atleast been in the top 3 if not win it.


A creamy biasedness sauce goes well with steak

i speak in tongues

I am inclined to vote for januzaj or lukaku. They are really deserving candidates. But because i am a goner i will vote for heskey


Januzaj has had one game where he rescued United, how does that make him a deserving candidate?


You do speak in tongues, Janusaj has played one game, Lukaku is the best EPL based contender, are you a Goner?

i speak in tongues

No one appreciates sarcasm these few days


Bukake biasness.

Harish P

I doused very nicely. Went for the Ox as he’s currently the longest serving first team player. All choices are excellent however… *drools at the Arsenal future*


I still remember the likes of Arsenal’s vitalfootball forums about eight years ago where we’d be taunting the Spurs fans with something akin to the following:

“Martinez, Hoyte, Djourou, Senderos, Traore, Denilson, Fabregas, Walcott, Vela, Bendtner, Lupoli” THAT’S WHAT WE CALL A FUTURE, SPUDDIES.

Ah, hindsight. 🙂

(that’s not to diss your sentiments on Gnabry, AOC, et al. I seriously do rate the current crop)

New guy

in a relative sense, though, we were still correct


Unbiased I’d go for Varane or Draxler.

But obiously that’s a no go.


That is what I was saying young apprentice.

master floda

Both outstanding players, also Lukaku and Quintero. Though I think it should be Pogba. He is a regular starter at Juve and already one of the best players in Serie A. The way he led France to the U20 world championship was very impressive (and Sanogo did quite well in that tournament too).
Anyway, of course I voted for the Ox, but it doesn’t seem to matter anyway because someone is generating a lot of votes for Bruma.


Omeruo won the african nations cup wit nigeria, outstanding player…. Biastically voting for THE. OX


Come on vote guys! We can’t let the dude from Galatasaray who I never ever heard before wins!

Parisian Weetabix

It’s kind of a hopeless task. I voted for Sanogo, and when it showed me the percentages, it said 0% had voted for Sanogo.

I couldn’t even get it to 0.1%. Boy do I feel worthless.


I guess the way they compile their shortlist is to scan through squad lists of big clubs.


No wonder there aren’t any Spurs players in that list 😀


Judging by how extremely well Ox started the season he would have been worth a shout for this particular gon’g. Sadly injury struck and it’s a real shame…..

I feel many of the voter look at arsenal so much due to our reputation of bringing up excuisite talent so don’t be surprised if one of ours makes top 3.


Omeruo is Nigerian.
And Yes i’m voting for him and the Gunners on the list.


At Vela is dtil relevant these days

RJ Gooner

How the hell has bruma polled 45% of the vote? Italians fixing things again?

And who is this Bayern Monaco that kondogbia plays for? Silly award if u ask me.

nevertheless The Ox has my vote all day long.

master floda

It’s Turkish fixing, Galatasaray are also known for that…


As any Gooner would, I doused. But the award has to go to Draxler. He’s a ridulously talented player although Pogba will reach the top three also. I think that Ox and Serge may both be eligible next year though so things are still looking bright.




I gon 2wo vot fur salif alou Abu-bakhur. Even dor hes not n vot. Is thravsty! I vot fur SALIF. Gret gk n Africa.

Silverstre for the Ballon d'OR


petits handbag

Why isn’t Shaun Derry on the list?

Arsenal-induced Heart Attack Survivor

I’m worried about tonight.


Has to be Pogba. Juventus and France National Team starter. Won U20 World Cup and Serie A last season. Says it all.


I can’t believe that no one has mentioned Kondogbia – who apparently we lost out on to “BAYERN MONACO”


A certain Bruma from Galatasaray already has 50% of the votes! Blimey I rily thought my ‘creamy biasedness’ would count 🙁


Well if it was a bong award i would have nominated Chamakh.


Ozil is up for Ballon D’or too!


Hold on isnt England and Spurs saviour Andros Fucking Townsend in the list? How could this be? #RiotingInWHL

Tapscotts Testicles

If Thierry Henry could not win the Ballon D’Or in any year between 2002 to 2005 when he was without doubt the best striker playing on planet earth and playing in the hardest league, due mostly to the huge political voting that goes on…how the fuck can we expect any Arsenal player to win any of these pointless polls or competitions?


Should give it to Ronaldo just to cheer him up from missing out on the main award again.


“no spurs player. None. Not even one!” you just made my day with dat quote, blogs.

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