So now that Cesc sold his soul and went with the devil, I will need a new favorite player on this team. I'm doing well with the coping process, although it's been tough. You all know I loved Cesc very much. His passing has really moved me, but it's time to move on. Inevitably, this is tied with my getting a new jersey. It's the 125th anniversary kit, so I gotta get one. So I wanted to go through the options:Jack Wilshere
Wilshere would appear to be the clear front runner. He is the future of England. He was the youngest ever Arsenal debutante. His is fearless with his playing style, challenging players who are much larger and older than him. He plays with passion. He grew up with Arsenal.
He also watches gossip girl and he also impregnated his ex-girlfriend (child support is the negative here). Oh, and he's been in several altercations outside bars, which make me question his character.
It's his footballing talent that puts him at the top though.Theo Walcott
Theo is another Englishman playing for Arsenal. He's fast. He's fast. Did I mention he's fast? He also scores some goals. And he's fast. What else?
Dragon tattoo! He also makes decisions with the ball which make me question whether he understands the game.
He also wrote a book. He talks shit about Capello. I like that.Robin van Persie
Van Persie is the new captain. He's by far the most talented player on this team. He's the most senior first team member. His goal scoring record is solid and has been great as of late. He can do it all.
The concern is, with the recent departures, that Van Persie won't be with the club that long. A player of Van Persie's talents deserves to be on a team that's winning silverware every year. While I'm optimistic about the players that we have, it seems unlikely that we're going to challenge for silverware this season. This makes it very likely that Van Persie will seek a transfer in the near future.Alex Song
He has the best hair in the Premiership. He's got a tireless work rate and is the unsung hero of the squad. When he first took up the holding role, he would dive in a lot and get called for a lot of unnecessary fouls. As he has matured in the role, he has become one of the best holding midfielders in England. The team's performances are lacking when he's not in the line up because his efforts are always strong.
He does get a lot of cards and misses games as a result. Additionally, he has had trouble with the law and might have to do some jail time. I'm a little wary of that.Thomas Vermaelen
The only negative I can say about Verm is that he missed almost all of last season and has had some injury woes.
He's the leader on the pitch and far in away the best defender on this Arsenal team. The difference in the back four with him in the line up is unbelievable. He scores goals too. If I had the choice to give out the arm band, I would give it to Verm. He's current the first vice captain. Plus, he's the Verminator:Aaron Ramsey
It would be natural for me to pick the player who is going to play my former favorite player's position. Aaron Ramsey is that guy. Plus he's Welsh, which is actually a plus for once. He's also the captain of his national team already. On the pitch, "Rambo" shows signs that he can naturally fit as an Arsenal attacking midfielder, but he's also shown he has the work rate to be a box to box work horse. The only concern with Ramsey is that he had that horrific injury. Regardless, he has shown no ill effects from the injury from a mental stand point.Wojiech Szczesny
Woj appears to be the new #1 for Arsenal as he has had two strong performances to start the season. He's funny, but a bit of a loon, so there's not a lot to dislike about him. I'm not sure how I feel about the two goalkeeping kits though:Gervinho
Gervinho made an impression on me as soon as he stepped on the pitch for the first team. I mean, who can miss that forehead? But seriously, he has shown an ability to take defenders one on one. He seems like a guy genuinely happy to be at Arsenal and a player who can help energize the squad.
I think he might be kind of dumb though, since he allowed Joey Barton to get under his skin. You don't let punks like that get under your skin. Honorable Consideration: Emmanuel Frimpong
Okay, he's played only a handful of first team games. However, I will contest that prior to his knee injury, he was our best player in preseason. I was really looking forward to seeing him break into the side and deputizing for Song and more importantly, keeping Denilson off the pitch. The injury was unfortunate, but he's back and he looks strong. He's from Ghana, but he moved to London at a young age and has been with Arsenal since he was 9.Dark horses:
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and anyone else Wenger buys. I haven't seen any of them play in an Arsenal uniform, so I'm not going to write something up for them. We'll see won't we?
I forgot Ryo Miyaichi aka Ryodinho
He's awesome and he's going to be a big player for us in the future. May be the best up and coming Japanese player. Getting his jersey will impress all my Japanese friends and piss off all my Korean friends.
Edited by sachmoney, 16 August 2011 - 07:42 PM.