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First bow

Hello to all and welcome. Not a great day so far? Well, let’s try to cheer you up shall we. Jack Wilshere has completed his minor procedure surgery in Sweden and will now return to Arsenal to continue his rehabilitation. It’s good that he has completed that and even tweeted a picture about it. Seems there’s no complication else we might have heard rumours about it. Or Arsenal have told the staffs at the hospital that any leak of story will result in us sending Manuel Almunia to work there.

That’s about the most positive outcome of the whole Wilshere going to surgery. Then there’s that strange comment used by Arsenal. “This procedure is not expected to significantly affect Jack’s return date in the summer.” Our definition of summer includes the pre season and some parts of the start of the 2012/13 season. That statement is as vague as they come. No specific dates given and something which the club can’t be blamed to be misleading if he stays out beyond that period.

I’m still holding out for everything to be as per said. That this is the final step in his recovery and we won’t see a recurrence or any new setback. Although it would be a miracle to expect him to come back immediately after being out for so long and not to pick up a minor muscle injury here or there. We have to be patience with him and Wilshere himself must be too. He’s young and passionate about the game, it is the job of the club to reign that in for just a little bit more. We’ve missed his drive, doggedness and industry but it’s going to be 10 – 15 minutes here and there before a full game.

Wilshere is young and talented but he’s not the only one we have at Arsenal. The other significant one is Ryo Miyaichi. He got his first taste of the full team international football yesterday when he got on in Japan’s 2-0 win over Azerbaijan in the Kirin Invitational Cup. I think he got around 20 – 30 minutes game time and was played left of a front 3. If you want a highlight reel of it, feel free to look through my twitter timeline.

Miyaichi didn’t score nor assist but he was a constant threat down that side. Utilising his pace to good use, he was able to get pass his marker easily. The final ball is just lacking but it was more than a decent international debut for him. There was also a Grand Slam (tennis) style interview immediately after the game while on the pitch that got the home crowd chanting his name. Their excitement of the youngster visibly evident as the commentators also raised their tone each time Miyaichi was on the ball.

Bolton’s Owen Coyle has already spoken of his desire to take Miyaichi back to Reebok for a season in the Championship. Unfortunately, I see no positives in that. Granted not all teams in the Premier League itself that likes to play football on the ground all the time, it is also hard to deny the more direct route employed by most teams in that division. Whether Coyle retains his philosophy one division lower remains to be seen. Yet we cannot discount that many teams will be attempting to kick lumps off a skilful player who wants to run rings around them.

Also I would prefer him to stay with us because of the option Miyaichi provides. When Theo Walcott was out injured, we lacked a little (read as a lot) pace going forward. Neither Yossi Benayoun nor Gervinho could provide that burst of speed that keeps the opposition defenders playing deep. That allowed them to squeeze the play on us and we were left with little room in midfield to play our type of passing. Yes, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has the pace too but he seems to prefer coming deep to collect than play on the periphery of the opposition’s defending line.

Since we’re talking about young players, I don’t think we can escape without talking about Joel Campbell. The Costa Rican has had an above average first season in Europe with Lorient. He played in a good number of games and earned valuable experience. When speaking about strikers at Arsenal, it is a bit refreshing to speaking of one who is confident of himself. No, I don’t mean Nicklas Bendtner. I’m only comparing Campbell to Park Ju-Young and Marouane Chamakh. Asked what he will bring to the side, the young striker promptly responded “goals and assists”.

While we like to see him play for us next season, the decision is really down to the Home Office in UK. Campbell needs a work permit after being denied one last season. Miyaichi got his without having played an international game, so it’s not hard to envisage Campbell finally getting one after adding a season in Lorient to his sizeable number of international caps. Finally a young striker to get excited over. Sorry Benik but you’re right, you too.

With so many talented youngsters to come back/through, the future’s bright right? Right? What do you mean we need experience more…………

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