But from the little that happened that afternoon I wanted to mention a couple of talking points. Gedion Zelalem looks to have taken a physical step up well at least that is what I gleaned from my computer screen. When I first saw him he looked tiny compared to everybody else and that would be a problem until he gains power. He still has a way to go on that front, he is still only 17 so he has time on his side but he just carried himself with a bit of authority I thought. I've said on a number of times that the through pass is a skill that makes my knees a little weak so I want to see more of him with the likes of Sanchez and Walcott *licks lips* ahead of him. He only has Mesut bloody Özil to learn from though. Shame really.
Germany play the way I'd imagine Arsene wants Arsenal to play, this becomes even more evident when you take note of our recent transfer policy. Basically buying all the Germans. Podolski, Mertesacker and Özil have been signed all within three years and if reports are to be believed then a fourth is only around the corner. Sami Khedira wasn't the type of midfielder I had in mind when trying to predict an Arsene Wenger target in that position but maybe Arsene Wenger has plans to adapt our system, not necessarily in terms of formation but the roles of the individual players.
Alexis Sanchez confirmed on Arsenal.com, cue body popping. Do people still body pop? Anyway I would like to congratulate those involved in making this happen. If you are the type of person to get frothing mad about praising our own staff (there are people like that out there you know) then I suggest clicking away now because this is not for you.
A lot of folk have already made definitive judgements on Debechy. Some suggest he isn't Arsenal quality or that he is a defensive liability so I would urge you to wait until you've seen his performances for Arsenal rather than Newcastle. He will be playing with better players under a better coach so his performances could rise along with the quality of those around him. While we might not have a player as capable defensively as our former number three, it will be nice to have a player who doesn't look like he is about to freeze when he receives the ball towards the opposition penalty area. I hope Giroud has been telling him to work on his delivery when pre season starts.
From what I have read to date I am guessing that should he sign for us we will have plenty moments of celebrating his attacking play and scratching our heads at his defensive play, not because he is an awful defender but because we have taken Sagna's defensive quality for granted for a long time now. But he need not worry and needn't should you. He has big Per Mertesacker to his left who will be guiding him through training and match days. He is 21 years of age and has plenty of scope to learn the Arsenal way. It is hard to not be excited about his offensive potential though. With Theo Walcott darting inside to join Giroud's lay offs, left backs will be tracking Theo's runs only to find the steam train that is Aurier skipping past his man in acres of space on the right but
More My Vision
- Deep conversation over big super striker? / Cesc, Vela & other transfer thoughts
- Balotelli perfect for Arsenal yet so very wrong
- Steer clear of the Zombiegas, Midfield chemistry & Ox
- Ignoring emotions and letting Cesc Fabregas go
- Bullish Arsène signs deal & expects a big summer
- Watch out before Jenkinson Rambo's you! & Aurier waiting on Sagna?