So another one of our future players has been let go on loan, Yeovil Town have signed our young defender Luke Ayling on a month-long loan deal. Why Yeovil? I haven’t a clue, but if he gets to play every week it has to be good for the lad. He is one of players who expected to make the step up into the big boys league soon, maybe even next season. Another one of those ‘Who knows’ I guess…
His departure left this side to face Wolverhampton Wanderers last night:
James Shea, Fancis Coquelin, Thomas Cruise, Ignasi Miquel, Cedric Evina, Emmanuel Frimpong, Craig Eastmond – capt, Chuks Aneke, Benik Afobe, Sanchez Watt, Luke Freeman,
Subs – James Dunn, Nico Yennaris, Sam Byles, Oguzhan Ozyakup, Rhys Murphy.
The boys did well again, Coquelin secured a 1-0 victory.
Not a bad few days for the Arsenal, apart from the Ladies going out of Europe of course 😦
This week in the posts, we have talked about players who have been there, David Beckham, players who could one day be there, Theo Walcott, and a goal keeper who may one day really soon be our no1 keeper, Wojciech Szczesny.
I think about Szczesny and reflect back to another goalkeeper we had who I honestly thought would be our no1 one day, Graham Stack was his name.
Stack joined us in 1998 and in 2000 he signed his first professional contract, he was tipped to go far, very far. I didn’t realise then that what that really meant that he would end up in Scotland 300-400 miles away, playing for Hibernian having got there via Beveren, Milwall, Reading, Leeds, Wolves, Plymouth and Blackpool – I’d be sea sick!!
He represented his country of choice at under 21 level on seven occassions but never progressed to the big boys.
At Arsenal, he got on really well with Jens Lehmann, he told him he wanted his no1 shirt and that he was prepared to be patient in order to get it! Stack admired everything about Mad Jens, the way he looked after himself, always having massages to look after his bones and the fact that he was the first player at traing sessions, and would always be in the gym before training started. He described him as having ‘The body of a man ten years younger’!!
So what went wrong?
Was he just not good enough? Was it the incident during a Beveren match, when yobbos attacked him, was it because he retaliated and punched one of the yobbos in the choppers? Or was it due to the unfounded allegation made against him?
Its a bit tough to handle any one thing, let alone all of what he has suffered, maybe that is was stopped him from being our no1 – but its good he’s still playing and for a half decent side up in Scotland – good on him.
Anyone see the Chamakh goal last night? Good one wasn’t it 🙂
Thats it – Wonder who we will draw tomorrow, hope its not Barca, not yet anyway