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  • I had a look at the squad the other day and if you look at the real youth players already in the (nominal) first team squad.. Lupoli, benhtner, diaby, Muamba, hoyte, Walcott,denilson,larsson,aliadiere, gilbert you look at the relative youth of those players who have already broken through.. falmini, djorou, fabregas, van persie, adebayor and then you look at some of the names in the youth line up...connolly,stokes,traore etc.... well it just takes the breath away to think we have all these great players coming through and maturing. If we can get through the next couple of years and perhaps get some trophies out of them or at least go pretty far in some of cup comps then we are only going to get stronger and stronger I feel.

    Alos you know all these guys who come on here and say no english players etc , well I did have a look at the international line up (under 21's ) and we have two.. hoyte and walcott and could also claim to have developed Bentley... add to that players like Cole who came through our youth system and it really is crazy to say we are damaging the english game or not developing players or are anti-english. I wonder where we would sit in a league table of clubs providing players at international level over the last ten years (eg wengers reign) don't think it would too bad.

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    • AB - I give opinions, you substantiate yours with facts. It's always a pleasure to read your posts, always informative!

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      • arsenal's squad is so good i dont even know their best 11 anymore. plus they're all young so they wont rebel when they sit out a game on the bench like players at chelski will inevitably do.

        also they have so many younger players waiting to come through, i hear they signed a new exciting portugese guy 16 so in four years time they could have a the best players in the world in all position. well done wenger

    • Well I can say that Falkirk FC- currently in the SPL are finding the loan signing Tony Stokes a total gem. He is clearly a natural striker with loads of talent. We love him already.

      He was a bit tentative to start with- the SPL is fast past and quite pyhsical but he has had 6 goals in his last 3 games.

      He is the first Falkirk player to score a hatrick since 1987.

      He is the first player for Falkirk to score a Hat trick at the new Falkirk Stadium.

      We love him already.