Arsenal FC: Ramsey, Wilshere and 8 Youngsters Who Are the Future for the Gunners
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had endured a very difficult summer, but with the Gunners making several new additions before the end of the transfer deadline, Arsenal have given themselves a fighting chance this season.
It is imperative that the whole team pulls together, and by selling those who were not interested in staying at the Emirates, the whole team consists of players who want to impress for the Gunners, and everyone at Arsenal is looking to turn around the season.
The manager has come under immense criticism for his transfer dealings, and also, with the Gunners enduring a trophy drought, extending to six years, it is imperative that they do win any trophy to bring more optimism to the club.
Wenger has had to encounter various financial constraints in the past and had to embark upon the youth policy, and although the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri at a young age does leave a bitter taste, the Gunners do have some of the best young talent and could be back to their best in the near future.
This will be the most difficult season for the Gunners considering the departures of Fabregas and Nasri, but when the youngsters do adjust to the rigours of the Premiership, it is expected that they will do better.
Wenger is one of the best managers when it comes to identifying and nurturing young talents, and there are a number of youngsters who have already broken into the first team.
This article is on eight Arsenal youngsters who could probably form the spine of the team in the future for the Gunners.
1. Aaron Ramsey
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The 20-year-old Wales captain suffered a horrific leg break due to a terrible tackle by Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross but the youngster has shown tremendous courage to recover from the injury and has made considerable progress in the last few months.
His strong mentality also impressed his country's manager Gary Speed who named him as the captain of the team. He has shown that he does enjoy the responsibility of captaining and has led from the front for Wales.
It seems like the former Cardiff City midfielder is confident of captaining the team and thrives when there is a lot of pressure and responsibility. Before his injury, he was regarded as one of the best teenage talents in football and was touted to be the successor to Cesc Fabregas when he did leave the club.
However, the injury meant that he was out of the game for more than a year, but the Arsenal medical team have done a fantastic job in helping him achieve the fitness levels he was before the injury.
With Jack Wilshere having been ruled out for around two months due to an ankle injury, Ramsey has the opportunity to cement his place in the team.
It is evident that both Arsene Wenger and Gary Speed has a lot of faith in the quality of the youngster, and under the guidance of his managers, he can establish himself as one of the best midfielders in the game.
2. Theo Walcott
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Theo Walcott is a player who seems to have been playing for Arsenal for a long time but is only 22 years old and has a bright future ahead of him. The England international has had to endure severe criticism regarding his end product in the past, but the Arsenal striker has remained confident of his abilities.
He has shown the application required in recent seasons, and under the guidance of Arsene Wenger, he has developed into a fine player for the Gunners and England.
He is one of the fastest players in the league, but his end product was questioned by many critics.
However, he has worked considerably hard and has shown good composure in the final third, which has helped him score and assist several goals. He could have been disappointed by the lack of enough playing time at Arsenal during the 2009-10 season and could have left the club following his exclusion in the World Cup.
However, he showed immense mental strength and impressed Wenger greatly in preseason and established his place in the first team.
It is easy to be disillusioned when a player does not play regularly for the team, but Walcott has shown that he has the capability to work towards his goals, and following the departures of Nasri and Fabregas, he is one of the most important players for the Gunners in the future.
3. Ryo Miyaichi
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There have not been a lot of successful Asian players in the Premiership, but the recent success of Park Ji-Sung and Lee Chung-Yong have drawn more clubs to scout for talent in various countries in Asia.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had previously worked in Japan and has a scouting network which is among the world's best. The Gunners signed unknown Japanese teenager Ryo Miyaichi in last season's January transfer window, and though he was rated as a superb talent, his rise has been surprising, and he is currently a part of the Arsenal first team.
The 18-year-old was sent out on loan to Dutch club Feyenoord just after Arsenal signed him, and though the Dutch club were initially not sure of the impact that the Japanese midfielder would have, the manager provided opportunities for Miyaichi.
The youngster impressed greatly for the Dutch club and also earned the respect and admiration of the fans, who were impressed by his dedication, work rate and quality.
He was nicknamed "Ryodinho" for his excellent dribbling skills, and he was impressive in his loan spell. Wenger was impressed with the progress of Miyaichi, and Arsenal did apply for a work permit for the youngster.
Miyaichi was granted with a work permit because he is an exceptional talent and could still have a role to play this season.
4. Jack Wilshere
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Jack Wilshere is one of the best young players in the world, and having been at Arsenal at a long time, he has the desire to win trophies in the near future.
The 19-year-old midfielder had his breakthrough season last year, as he established himself as a regular in midfield alongside Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song. Wilshere also established himself in the England national team and is an important part of Fabio Capello's plans for the Euro Championships.
However, Wilshere has recently suffered a bad ankle injury, and Arsene Wenger is prepared to let the midfielder take his time so that he can completely heal his injury instead of looking for a short term fix. He is one of the brightest players for the future, and it is integral that he has a long career without many injuries.
When Wilshere made his first league start against Liverpool, he did look raw, but as the season progressed, he adjusted to the pace and physicality of the game and reserved his best performance for the game against Barcelona at the Emirates, where he impressed in a midfield consisting of the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.
Wilshere and Ramsey have played together on some occasions, and they look like they can be the future midfield for the Gunners.
5. Kieran Gibbs
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Kieran Gibbs is one of the most highly rated youngsters to emerge from the Arsenal academy and the left-back has the quality to be the England left-back for the future.
Arsene Wenger has worked with some excellent left-backs in his time with the club such as Ashley Cole and the Frenchman is one of the best managers in the game with regard to developing youngsters.
Wenger has always supported the English youngster and believes that the youngster can be a vital part of the team in the future. However, his recent injuries have been a concern for the Gunners considering that he is still young and needs to be playing regularly as this point in his career. He had a long-term injury in the 2009-10 season, and it could still be the effects of that injury.
However, he is one of the best youngsters at the club, and Wenger and the medical team will ensure that these injuries can be healed completely and Gibbs is back to full fitness. Gibbs also needs to work on his positioning, as he can at times be caught on the attack, but he certainly has shown glimpses of his quality.
With experience and more playing time, he will continue to improve.
6. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
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Arsene Wenger is one of the best when it comes to identifying young talents, and the Gunners also have shown that they can attract some of the best young talents to the Emirates. Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott are examples of Arsenal attracting youngsters, and they have grown into important players for the Gunners.
Arsenal did spend some money in the transfer market, but it is rather surprising that they spent the highest money on an unproven youngster from Southampton.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is considered as one of the best young English talents and is another of Southampton's excellent youth products. Though the Saints were reluctant to let go of the youngster, who has also represented the England U-21s, the midfielder was prepared for a move to a big club, and Arsenal managed to strike a deal for the Southampton starlet.
The youngster has an excellent footballing brain, along with good pace and skills to beat defenders. However, he still needs to develop to some extent and will become a regular when he comes to terms with the pace and physicality of the Premiership.
Chamberlain has the quality to become an excellent player for the Gunners in the near future, and Arsenal have made a good signing who could become an integral part of the future.
7. Emmanuel Frimpong
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Emmanuel Frimpong is one of the most talented youngsters, and the youngster with Ghanaian origins has shown that he has the talent to establish himself in the future.
The teenager suffered a long term injury in the last season, which could have been his breakthrough season considering that he played the games in the Emirates Cup, including against AC Milan.
Wenger has shown faith in the youngster this season as well, and the youngster was an integral part of preseason. With Denilson moving out of the Emirates on loan, Frimpong will be the second-choice defensive midfielder and has already started two league games out of four for the Gunners.
The tough midfielder has also developed into a sort of a cult figure following his comments on Samir Nasri's departure.
With the crowd completely supporting Frimpong, he will have to put in the performances and he will get all the support he needs from the Emirates support. He has shown that he has the quality to impress in the Premiership, but he needs to curtail his aggression to some extent.
In the youngster, Arsenal have got a tough youngster who loves the club.
8. Wojciech Szczesny
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Since the departure of "mad" Jens Lehmann, Arsenal have not had a quality goalkeeper as their No.1 before the emergence of Wojciech Szczesny in the last season.
Manuel Almunia has been one of the most unreliable keepers in the Premiership, and though Lukasz Fabianski was unfortunate to get injured just when he was making an excellent impression for the Gunners, Szczesny has shown the command and quality to displace others and retain his position for the future.
The 21-year-old Poland international is one of the best young keepers in the world and has the quality to be one of the best in the world in the near future. The youngster, who is 6'5", can effectively command his defense and is very confident regarding his own abilities, which is immensely important for a keeper. Also, he has shown the mentality required to be a top level keeper and is unfazed by any errors he has made in the past.
In the recent past, Szczesny came under criticism for his mistake, along with Laurent Koscielny in the Carling Cup final, but the keeper took it in his stride and did not dwell on the mistake for too long as he showed in his next league game against Sunderland.
Similarly, after United battered Arsenal 8-2 in the recent past, the Polish keeper was at his best against Germany, as he made some fantastic saves, which again proved his quality and mentality to survive in the top flight.