This post was submitted before the news broke last night that Kyle Bartley is off to Swansea so ignore him.
It would take a lengthy surf of my memory banks to find a transfer window where Arsenal have added more maturity and strength to the team, pre-season games have shown that in Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla we have added three outstanding international players to our squad.
Of course it would not be Arsenal if we did not have a snummer saga to contend with, I think that Tony Adams must have left a curse on the Captains arm band as yet another Captain has decided to do his gardening elsewhere. This time it’s van Persie who feels that the grass at the Emirates is not being fertilized enough to meet his personal “higher than mighty” standards of green” – I’m not sure if that’s green grass or green cash?
We have proven before and we will prove again that – it’s not the player that makes the team – but the team that makes the player, when will they ever learn?
Arsène obviously knows the players skill sets more intimately than us fans but that does not leave us without an opinion on the Arsenal squad – now does it? I’ve put together a chart showing both our 1st team squad and our reserves and youth players. I pulled the data from Arsenal.com so it should reflect the current reality.
Here’s your chance to be Manager for a day and determine our 1st team squad for the 2012/13 season.
Here are the squad rules.
- The team must name 25 players before September 1st.
- The team must contain at least 8 home grown players.
- If the team names less than 8 home grown players then the total squad is reduced by the amount of players lesser than the eight.
- The team can only have a maximum of 17 over 21 year old players.
- The team can have an unlimited number of under 21 year old players.
These are the players:
Average age of first team players: 25
Average age of reserves/youth players: 17.94
Written by GunnerN5