Anyone heard about the lastest 7 million pound United signing, Bebe? 5 weeks ago he was at a Portugese 3rd division club, then signed for Vitória de Guimarães in the top division for Peanuts and and 2 years ago played for Portugal at the Homeless World Cup. Now he signs for Man United for 7 million pounds.
Anyway typically average England performance this morning until the 2 goals in the 2nd half. However, I feel immense pride and joy in being able to say, aside from Chelsea who were equal, there were more Arsenal players than players from any other club who took the field for England. Been waiting a long time and taken a lot of crap from the media and fans of other clubs before I could say that and long may it continue. Wenger worked hard to create a top class youth academy and has picked up a lot of 7, 8 year old kids etc. The first proper group of them are now starting to come through at 17, 18, 19. Best thing is they are all English. There may be a lot of foreign internationals in the first team, but the players the club are producing are all home grown. As is usually the case, only a minority of them will actually make it but they've given me a much needed reason to look forward to the coming season.
Wilshere is going to feature this season and I think Gibbs may well take the left back spot from Clichy this season. Very unlucky to break his foot last season when he got a run in the side with Clichy out. He would most likely have been in the World Cup squad had he remained fit. There's also Frimpong (born in Ghana but has played for England at various youth levels) who has played throughout pre-season and seems likely to start at Anfield in the weekend due to there simply not being anyone else fit in central midfield. Also Lansbury behind those 3 who is very highly rated although probably won't feature outside of the cup games this season. Jay Emmanuel Thoms is another one Wenger rates highly and he's built like an absolute monster although he doesn't really have a decided position yet and has played everywhere. Should get cup games this season. Couple of others like central defender Kyle Bartley who has gone on loan and Tom Cruise (not the actor!) who played for the England u19s the other week.
Looking forward to seeing some of these local lads getting their chance ansd hopefully 1 or 2 of them making it as first team players. If only we had a goalkeeper.