July 21st, 2011
Arsenal Adorkables: The Next Generation
You’d have to be seriously weird not to prioritise this level of cuteness over a boring trophy, surely? Image: Getty Images/Daylife
You might have noticed that Arsene Wengers ‘policy of youth’ at Arsenal in recent years has led to the occasional barb of criticism being flung in his direction. However, we don’t follow the line of traditional football theory on this site (as you’ve probably noticed) and Wenger’s practice of fielding the youngest, gonkiest, bunch of Adorkable boys he can find in big games has been an unqualified success in our book.
We are therefore pleased to report that Arsene has rejected notions that his side has not won a trophy in five years for exactly this reason, and during the Gunner’s pre-season tour of China, a number of cute new faces have caught our attention.
Come with us as we probe intrusively into the postnatal unit that is Arsene Wenger’s squad and evaluate those newborns.
Ladies and gents, please welcome Ryo Miyaichi. He actually joined Arsenal back in January, but, being only a fledgling at the time, he went to Feyenoord to spread his wings for the last few months of the 2010/11 season. Now he’s back, and the word is that his nippiness on the wing rivals that of famed speed merchant Theo Walcott, who, far from being threatened, is looking forward to playing with Ryo. Puppy-dog bromance, anyone?
Carl Jenkinson joined Arsenal from Charlton Athletic in June. He’s a defender, which in Kickette terms means he’s more likely to be featured for planting his legs in a thigh-tastic manner (see above) than taking his shirt off in celebration. Nevermind. That’s why we invented the Thigh-Off, people!
Where do you stand on the Adorkables vs. trophies issue, Arsenal Kickettes (and anyone else who fancies chipping in)? Is it any consolation that your team are so damn cute? Or would you like something else to boast about?