Sunday, 27 March 2011

Jack and Aaron enhance reputations

It may have been a rather boring game, but there were positives for Gooners to take away from it.

Our two representatives, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, emerged with yet more credibility, adding yet more football people to their burgeoning list of admirers. Jack was his usual self, winning tackles, playing through balls, and spraying passes about with ease. England's new 4-2-3-1 formation, similar to ours, really suited him and helped him play as well as he did, alongside Scott Parker. You can catch highlights of Jack's performance on 101greatgoals, here.

Captaining his country for the first time, Aaron looked a little rusty, as can be expected since he's still on the road to recovery from his injury. He gave the ball away a few times, but showed good feet and awareness, and completely skinned John Terry before firing just over. As my Dad said to me, it's good for him to get another 90 minutes under his belt. I think after a proper pre-season this summer, he'll be ready to command a starting place.

Really, with these two young stars, Alex Song, Samir Nasri and all of the other young talents at the club, I'm not sure selling Cesc would be as disastrous anymore.  We still look a little lost without him, so we need to hang onto him for a bit more, but soon I think we'll be able to let him make that move to Barcelona.

Jack and Aaron are both such good players, it's difficult to comprehend that they're only 19 and 20 respectively. One is captain of his country already, and the other certainly must be some time - I would be surprised if neither wore the armband for Arsenal in the future. They both lead by example, getting stuck in, cajoling their team mates, scoring and creating goals. I'm so pleased we have them at our club.

The fact that Aaron is captain of Wales just weeks after coming back from a career threatening injury speaks volumes about his strength of character, especially seeing how young he is - he's Wales' youngest ever skipper. It takes great mental resolve to return so strongly from such a huge blow, and that's exactly what he's done. Being made captain will have boosted his confidence ten-fold.

As for Jack, he's already an established started for club and country near the end of his breakthrough season. Some credit should go to Bolton and Owen Coyle, who gave him vital Premier League experience. Arsene couldn't have handled his development better. There's not much I haven't already said about this young lad - it was only a few days ago that I covered his rise to prominence - so I'll leave it at that.

Now I've got a football match to help my team win - we're playing top of the league. We're 2nd, but they have a game in hand. Before I go, make sure you watch the video in the post below. Truly inspirational stuff.


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