Ayling out, what happened to Stack…..

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 πŸ™‚

Thats it – Wonder who we will draw tomorrow, hope its not Barca, not yet anyway

92 Responses to Ayling out, what happened to Stack…..

  1. stonroy says:

    I like Wojciech Szczesny, I think by now we have all seen that you tube special on him. He’s class and more importantly he is confident to the point of cocky. He has that craziness about him a bit like Jens. I like my keepers with character. I think he should move up to number 2 or 3 and that means letting go of the don or Fabianski. I would let go of Fabianski I don’t think he has the temperament to go all the way for The Arsenal. I think Almunia will probably be replaced in the summer.

  2. W.A.T.H says:

    Mornin Rico, did u see the open goal Chmuckkk missed…? He’s NOT what we need, we need a goalscorer NOT someone who scores less than the players we currently have…!

  3. rico says:

    Morning stonroy and wath.

    We have a guest post tomorrow on Chesney, you make sure you pop back πŸ™‚

    wath, I did see a missed one when all he had to do was go round the keeper, heavy firtst touch, but great header for his goal..

  4. Simon says:

    His header was class though…

  5. rico says:

    Morning Simon, welcome to Avenell Road, I thought his header was class too, that is the one thing we lack up front, a striker with strong heading ability..

  6. Stone says:

    If we don’t get United or Barca, I’m happy. CSKA would be the ideal draw (despite the lengthy travels).

  7. morning all
    did you stay up to watch it?
    i only caught the goal and the black stuff was calling so…….

    Over and over and over again
    B’ Jesus said Paddy I sang it so well………

  8. be interesting to read this RSBNM_R&M post πŸ˜‰

  9. rico says:

    morning rsd, i saw Chamakhs miss and his well taken goal, didn’t wee enough to really give an opinion on how he played

  10. rico says:

    Morning Stone, good to see you here, i’d settle for Moscow too..

  11. W.A.T.H says:

    With all the games we could really do with not travelling to far…as said Bordox IS the ideal draw, Whats the chances ??????? Watch Barca get em….!

    As for Chmuckkkkkk decent header and yes he went for it but the defender just stood there and did nothing. As said look at his goal record its crap…!.

  12. rico says:

    stroppy this morning wath πŸ˜‰

    barca will now get manure, i am sure…

    fifa wont want the mancs in the final again, it’ll be fixed..

  13. Erick says:

    Mmmmh the draw is tomorrow what are the odds we draw Barca if we hit them we are as good as Champions

  14. Erick says:

    My head is telling me Inter tough one

  15. rico says:

    morning erick

    Roman is set to spend 100M in the summer, makes me sick how that can be allowed. he wants torres!! also quite a few are starting to pack their bags…

  16. thats the last team i want inter
    bore the shit out of you then hit you on the break
    the new kit has been leaked have you seen it?

  17. rico says:

    I dont mind Inter – just imagine when we beat the team that knocked out the chavs?? No-one will expect us to go through and we are never better than when we are written off…

    Just don’t want the Mancs or Barca, i want them to draw eachother..

  18. Erick says:

    Trickiest thing abt Mourinho is that he know how to defend a lead and hit you on the counter but am sure we can make them tired then hit them they are very old just like the Pensioner Lampard is off form

  19. Erick says:

    Morning all Rico Chelsea will always be in debt

  20. rico says:

    I hope it cripples them one day Erick…

  21. rico says:

    I have to go off for a couple of hours, catch up later

  22. sorry people chores and that afternoon erick

  23. CruncherYTFC says:

    As stated in reports, Ayling is joining Yeovil initially as back up, but it seems that the plan is to give him starts toeards the end of the season. Highly probable that the long-term plan is for him to join for a long loan next season. Yeovil manager Skiverton has done a good jobs with his young loan players, check out Spurs cb Steven Caulker and Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, for example.

  24. Erick says:

    Cheers guyz think about the draw but we are the Arsenal we can do whoever we draw

  25. Erick says:

    Nice one Cruncher bet he has AW in him somewhere πŸ™‚

  26. K-TR7 says:

    Morning.i’m actually nervous about the draw and i don’t know why.cska may look ideal but imagine coming from russia to play spuds away in the weekend?for those who are want barca at this stage,be careful what you wish for.i watched them last night and though stuttgart are not the strongest,that is the first time they have put in such a perfomance this year;it had shades of last season’s play all over it,they are peaking at the right time and messi is a gladiator!

  27. Erick says:

    Relax K am sure we can get Barca with Song playing Messi will not be doing anything

  28. rico says:

    Hi guys and gals, have i missed much??

  29. Erick says:

    Nop Rico thinking abt the draw morrow my oh my Arsenal come on

  30. K-TR7 says:

    I have a bad feeling,can’t put my finger on it though.the reason i don’t want to face barca now is because of gallas’ injury and rvp’s absence.sol would be stretched due to lack of pace hence we need gallas back with a couple of games under his belt.rvp’s mere presence would be vital psychologically since he would also give defenders a couple of things to think about.i see manu getting an easy draw.

  31. Freire says:

    Hello everybody πŸ˜€

    What happened to London and Ave, rico??

  32. rico says:

    Dont worry about the draw Erick/KTR7 – what will be will be

    Afternoon KTR7 and Freire,

    Ave is still around Freire, as is JJ, weekends they are usually around, London left us for pastures new..

  33. Erick says:

    Am relaxed Rico i know what they throw at us we will overcome K-TR7 genuine concern abt Gallas and RVP all we can do is hope.

  34. K-TR7 says:

    Rico i’ve never been this nervous for a long time.i think we will get the hardest draw…i was on a blog comparing messi and rooney where fans of both players complemented their players perfectly,what do you think guys?it was irritating that sky commentators kept mentioning rooney every two minutes in a barca game.

  35. rico says:

    KTR7, why be nervous? what ever happens in the draw we can’t change, we are also capable of beating any one of the teams left.

    Sky are always talking Rooney, they are more like Manure TV than Sky Tv πŸ˜‰

  36. K-TR7 says:

    Rooney is a fantastic player but no one is in messi’s league.he dominates all barca attacks,he can dribble,ride tackless,pass like xavi,ride tackles and has perfectly placed shot.he has the wow factor ‘how did he do that?’that few players have.in our team,AA can do it but seems not to be interested most of the time hence sloppiness in his play.rvp is our only forward who can dominate defenders for 90+minutes and its a shame he is injured.

  37. K-TR7 says:

    Fab4,rosicky and song back for wham.gallas out for at least two more games.we should show them who is boss at the emirates!on the cl draw,whichever team we get we shouldn’t underestimate.we also should have learnt from the catipulation by the mancs&chavs this season.another cl heartbreak…

  38. rico says:

    Messi is possibly the best there is in his position right now – wouldn’t it be nice to see him playing in the arsenal colours.. no chance though, i know…

  39. rico says:

    KTR7, come on, keep faith, lets wait to see who we get, cant see us under estimating any side at this stage – the mancs last year got lucky when Traore slipped, that isn’t going to happen again…

  40. yes messi is good
    but up against a proper defence he struggle’s
    he want to be a hero too much a doesn’t look up enough
    with a song legs wrapped round him,
    he’ll take the lion out lionel.
    evening all anything new?

  41. Erick says:

    Rico it was Gibbs who slid RSD I know Song playing we have extra cover on the back he is realy becoming my favourite

  42. rico says:

    Erick, poop, so it was, silly old Hector me πŸ˜‰

  43. K-TR7 says:

    Rico-the ghosts of psv are still there.if we get the ‘lesser’ sides we may be shocked if we are not ruthless ie at hull even AW said we took a foot off the pedal after the first goal,west ham came back,burnley too.this stage of cl a mistake we are out!all am saying is we never seem to learn!i don’t want a season of promise to be wrecked,thats all am saying.100%concentration is needed and ruthlesness in front of goal(AA am looking at you).Against big sides when we are underdogs in cl we seem to perform better than favourites since the players go in 100% with something to prove.all the talk is inter/manc/barca in the final;i hope we slip under the radar05-06 style and surprise everyone.

  44. Erick says:

    No worries πŸ™‚ Rico

  45. Erick says:

    K-TR7 True dat we realy need to raise to the occassion and be committed AA has still alot to prove especially for me

  46. Erick says:

    Rico now the next youngster knows what team to choose when Arsenal approaches

  47. rico says:

    KTR7, it will be a long time before I forget that game, Alex wasn’t it that did the damage 😦

    I also agree re the AA comments, he has everything but often he is so far removed from the game he is playing in – and then just as we think take him off, he goes and scores.. he’s a strange one…

  48. K-TR7 says:

    Mentality is also another issue.do you think nasri can perform at the nou camp/san siro while he barely impresses in the country away from home?can big al maintain 100%concentration from constant barca attacks?if AW sets up the team to play like vs utd at the nou camp,we will be destroyed since barca are ruthless!i appreciate the optism rico but am still not convinced by our ability in the big occassions.i dreamt AA scoring a hatrick at the nou camp,what am i on today?chin up,hope for the best.

  49. rico says:

    KTR7, stop this right now, you are all doom and gloom, wait until the draw, then worry πŸ˜‰

    Pray for Barca v the Mancs, if that draw comes out of the hat then we can breathe again, the rest we can beat….

  50. ktr7 the class of 07 was a arsenal team in reconstruction

    not only that was there dead wood

    ie titi had barca in his head

    gilbo baggins in a penultimate season

    an out of steam freddie

    an out of form Billy

    denilson was playing an’all πŸ˜‰

  51. JonJon says:

    chamkaka is nothing better than what we have already..

    hes another forward who runs the channels, but he’s a hit and miss finisher…he aint what we need..we have plenty of them and chamkaka aint any better than nikki..

    the reason why wenger wants him is a financial one..hes free!!

    scenario A…hes in his mid twenties and if its true hes signed a four year contract then that gives wenger 2 years to turn him into a household name and sell him on for a massive profit..

    B…wengers lined him up as a replacement for one of the strikers already here who hes planning to sell in summer

    either way its all about making money..but whats new??

  52. Erick says:

    This team can beat anyone Keep the Faith

  53. K-TR7 says:

    Rico-we will have to face facts!i love our team but what did i say in my earlier post that wasn’t true?brace yourself since this will be a crucial period.we are flat truck bullies,have we learnt how to deal with the big boys?you know am an objective blogger,am not a pessimist but these issues remain.we may get a favourable draw but sooner or later we are still going to face them.if we play defensive inter at the emirates and a goal doesn’t come,we will most likely go all out attack only to be picked apart on the counter.i know rico it may be difficult pill to swallow,it has bothered me all day as i’ve said in my earlier posts but we have to face the all too familiar ghosts to see if they are banished or not.i really do hope it is the former since another heartbreak…

  54. JonJon says:

    we want one off the frenchies or bayern..

    we dont want inter the mancs or the trip to moscow…

    i reckon we couldnt do bad getting barca…

    barca play the same as us..they cant defend..we’ll tear them to bits as much as they will us its all about who takes their chances…we a different animal to what we were when we played them in the final..

    rsd got it in one…barca will struggle against the current team…it’ll be a good game too

  55. JonJon says:

    we want the mancs to get moscow or inter…

    the trip to moscow will tire them out for the title run in

    and jose will distract fergie away from the pl for a bit

    either way its win win for us..

  56. rico says:

    KTR7, just teasing you fella, I understand your worries πŸ™‚

  57. rico says:

    Hi JJ, I wouldn’t mind Inter, I reckon we have a better game tahn the chavss to beat them.. to be fair, the chavs should have won the other night and we have an in form Nikki B and Theo dont forget… πŸ˜‰

  58. rico says:

    how many errors in my last comment…

  59. rico says:

    Eduardo could be the one on his way JJ if you are right, he is really having a tough time – would you start him with nik against the hammers…

  60. JonJon says:

    i dont think the chavs should have one..

    i thought inter tore them to bits…chelsea resorted to hoofing for most of the game…

    snjieder ran the middle…

    inter looked dangerous and with jose in charge we need to avoid them as long as poss…

  61. rico says:

    just thinking of the two pens jj, i didn’t see it but ‘they say’ they were certs

  62. rico says:

    Roy Keane reckons its between us and the mancs for the PL

  63. JonJon says:


    aa niki rosicky

    bring theo and dudu on 2nd half..

    your right dudu lost his edge but i think he deserves more time…if nikki and eboue can find form dudu can and when he finds it we scoring for fun..

  64. JonJon says:

    its all ifs and buts rico..

    apart from those ‘pens’ chelsea created nothing…

    inter had them in their pocket for most of the game..

  65. JonJon says:

    i think the wole world think its mancs and us…

    chelsea will crumble now..

    sky sports just ran a poll and us and mancs were favs..mancs more..

    but chelski way down with something like 10% of vote..

    even they own fans think theyve blown it…they wont recover from that…losing to jose will crush them

  66. rico says:

    i hope they crumble big time jj, big time….

  67. JonJon says:

    changing the subject but if fulham pull this off it will be the biggest comeback in history

    come on fulham

  68. K-TR7 says:

    We can blow away inter to bits since we are superior to them but we need to be more disciplined in our approach since they will defend for their lives.if you watch lucio and samuel against the likes of napoli,genoa,roma…they struggle with fluidity,heck even barca beat them with a front line of pedro,bojan and henry but handled anelka and drogba comfortably.another key to beating inter is making song chase sneijder down like a dog.like drogba he is very temperamental such that if he is rattled abit,he will lose his cool.maicon is also a key source to their creativity,put AA on the left,milito and eto’o will have to feed off scraps.zanetti is very experienced but tomas/theo would run him ragged.inter only won one serie A match in feb against udinese.they lost/drew games due to small mobile forwards such as lavezzi,zarate,quad…

  69. JonJon says:

    it dont matter about players ktr7

    jose is superior to wenger tactically by huge amounts..

    tactically wenger is weak…its his blind spot..the big teams know how to play us cos wenger cant mix it up..

    we dont want a battle of tactics..we dont want inter

  70. JonJon says:

    come on fulham

    wat a comeback…

    now win it

  71. rico says:

    fulham are going great guns, as is david villa, that is the player we need!!

  72. inter is the hardest game your spot on with that jj
    evening by the way
    interesting news going over paddy’s day werent there?

  73. rico says:

    come on lille πŸ™‚

  74. rico says:

    4-1 fulham πŸ™‚

  75. 10 men shows how much fulham have missed dempesy

  76. JonJon says:

    thats a massive comeback..

    well done fulham…what a result..thats the biggest result of their history..

    hodgson will be a hero there

  77. K-TR7 says:

    Jj-if you’ve read my earlier posts,that is what am wary of tactics, ‘ghosts’, which we will have to face sooner or later.

  78. rico says:

    Mullary is speechless, what a result for them…

  79. not to piss on fulham night but juve are really out of form drew 3-3 with the bottom of seria a on weekend

  80. JonJon says:

    yeah i read em mate and you raise some top points..
    im just saying i dont want inter as i dont think it will be as easy as you made out in your last comment

    you obviously know your footy though..not knocking you mate

  81. rico says:

    dont suppose fulham care right now rsd, they are in the next round when the odds were against them πŸ˜‰

    by the way rsd, your post is going up tomorrow so hope you can be around

  82. K-TR7 says:

    Torres is warming up for sunday…

  83. rico says:

    dippers winning then? shame..

  84. JonJon says:

    nah this will be good for us rico…

    winning games breeds confidence..

    liverpool go into the manc game full on confidence and torres on fire..

    just wat we need

  85. rico says:

    sorry jj, i hate them so much, i want them to win naff all, they will raise their game for the mancs, they always do….

  86. rico says:

    i am off for the night peeps…

    stay safe and be good…

    nighty night

  87. Dear sleepless in *insert town* are you still up?

    yes rico will be hovering in morning

  88. rico says:

    morning rsd

  89. rico says:

    New post up, rsd, please feel free to add you links in the comments

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