Implicit Assessment

– The players who were taken to Austria for the intensive pre-season training were listed today on

– The players who are left behind are usually considered too young or that they’re not quite good enough for Arsenal. There are a few names amongst the omissions that are interesting.

Jay Simpson – He’s done okay for teams on loan. He works hard, but perhaps he’s too one-dimensional for the team. It seems as though he scores goals on most pre-season friendlies, but it hasn’t been enough for him to impress Wenger. Verdict: He will leave Arsenal this summer.

Sanchez Watt – It wasn’t so long ago that Watt was included in the first team squad for Champions League fixtures. Wenger called him a “street smart” striker, and he can glide across the pitch such is his pace. This could just be that Wenger considers him too green and not ready to contribute yet. Verdict: He will go on loan this summer.

Gavin Hoyte – He went on loan last year, and we’ve heard very little about him since. He has been given a new contract though. Has he improved his defending? Is he better than his older brother? Verdict: He will go on loan this summer.

Nacer Barazite – He’s talented, but way too frail. He’s been out numerous times with lengthy injuries. Calling him mercurial would be a complement, he’s not consistent enough. Verdict: He may stay, but he’ll never make the First Team.

Mark Randall – An almost man. He can’t contribute much to this Arsenal team other than a decent passing range. Verdict: He may stay, but he’ll never make the First Team.

– Not all is lost though. Frimpong did well enough against Barnet to suggest that he could eventually be Alex Song’s understudy. Henri Lansbury was one of Watford’s most important players. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is a man without a position, but will be given a chance to prove his value. Conor Henderson is an unknown quantity, but Wenger rates him. Nordtveit is either going to show he can play for Arsenal or will be sold to a foreign league.

– With the pre-season camp underway, this is where Wenger’s influence on the team will be felt the most. It’s unfortunate that Robin and Cesc are still on holiday, but that’s what happens after major tournaments.

– One final note, hopefully van Persie’s switch to No. 10 will end his injury problems and he will become the player we know he can be.


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