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?

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26 Responses to “Arsenal Adorkables: The Next Generation”

  1. linvinnaar says:

    It's okay if they don't win trophies, they're not my team anyway. But I'd feel sorry for their fans… and maybe even some of the younger lads. Jacky cried countless times last season, poor baby!

    As for Aaron Ramsey, so long as he stays like THAT, I'm cool.

  2. laligaforladies says:

    I'm all for the adorkables. It's clear that they actually enjoy playing and have fun doing so, and I like that Arsene gives young talent a chance to shine. In more ways than one ;)

  3. Agnes Wonka says:

    that japanese player is very handsome….his features are perfect. He looks like made of wax .)

  4. Tee says:

    Best look? Adorkables celebrating a trophy sans clothes… they wouldn't know what to do with themselves at the notion of winning a trophy they'd probably just lose the pants :) soooo many cuties at my club: cescy (obviously), jack, gibbsy, aaron, ryo, theo (how awesome is it saying those two together; ryo and theo – theo and ryo :D ), verma-bot, rvp, samir etc.
    I love you my precious gunners!!! :)

  5. [...] I ADMIT HAD TO LOOK UP ‘GONKIEST.’ Arsenal’s kids are all super awkward and cute apparently. #sincearsenalwontrophy // Kickette [...]

  6. Sharri says:

    you need to add Ignasi Miquel to this list! Oh, and did you know Carl is a lifelong Gooner? Which makes him all the more lovable.

    I cannot tell you how much I love this team. Sure, there were times last season where I wanted to rip my hair out, but there were so many highs as well. There is so much that is right about this team, but people forget all that simply because we haven’t won anything.

    The foundations are set, the trophies will come. Keep the faith, Gooners.

  7. Lotte says:

    I will keep my finger tightly crossed for the Gunners this season. As I always do. I think they need some trophies now, and if they can get them with the help of these youngsters it will only make things better!

  8. Sophie says:

    The gorgeous amazing Adorkables are truly wonderful, but I'd love to see them celebrating a trophy. I can't even imagine how adorable Aaron Ramsey celebrating a trophy would be…

  9. xbabyshakesx says:

    Awwww Theo and Azza! new bromance i'm sensing ^^
    GO GUNNERS!!! =]

  10. Dominique says:

    Arsenal is just in a slump…. They'll get back on top! Go gunners!

  11. Erika P says:

    The gorgeousness of the players is enough for me but i also say that i love Arsenal's playing style and they play attractive football which is more important than tropthies. I'd rather see a good game that resulted in no trophy than a trophy winning game with no spark. Even though I am an Arsenal fan, I don't mind whether Cesc stays or goes because I will always follow him :)

  12. Amie says:

    Ryo – chan! He’s so sweet!
    Can’t wait to see Theo and Ryo playing together!

  13. Umida0803 says:

    woah i guess i'll be watching more arsenal games this season..

  14. Leya_S says:

    Trophies would be nice, but by no means do I think we can't do it with young signings. There just needs to be a balance.

    I love my all Gunner boys, especially some of the reserve squad bubbas (Ignasi Miquel <3). Gael Clichy peaced on us for more money at ManCity, but its okay bc now I (hopefully) get to see more Gibbo (love him).

  15. blake2108 says:

    Aaron Ramsey is perfection.

    Something about those Welsh guys…

  16. Lulu says:

    Really worried about the rumours we might sign Frank Ribery. Wenger needs to be careful, after signing Gervinho, that we don't end up being the new Liverpool (with Nando gone, and Gerrard injured, that has to be the ugliest team known to European Football). £20 million for Cahill would be money well spent and will put the Gunners back into the top of adorable adorkables' league.

  17. Americus Killaponius says:

    I just want to win a trophy so people can start taking us seriously. I'm tired of being looked at as a bunch of boys playing a man's sport. It's time to show the world that you can be adorable and still win! Who's with me!!!


  18. Brittany says:

    Ryo's face looks like it was sculpted by angels :3

  19. Hot4Spurs says:

    No love for Arsenal, but I have to admit they have yummy players.

  20. Shelley says:

    Love Jack Wilshere, so pretty and especially in pictures with his Pug, or abs! Like Aaron Ramsey, Theo, Ryo looks so pretty he could be a girl, like Cesc obviously but he is leaving and how could you forget Arsenal's centre back Miguel? He's gorg…