Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently made the claim that he is building a 'generation of stars' who will be capable of matching the elite in the Premier League. I just hope his 'generation of stars' can defeat West Ham United on Saturday. The Gunners have to get a league win after their loss to Chelsea last weekend.
Wenger has pointed out that Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs as the pioneers amid a pool of talent that he's confident will eventually have the class to overcome the Premier League teams that like to spend big.
"We have a generation of players who are similar to style of the Spanish national team," Wenger told several newspapers. "Wilshere, Chamberlain and Gibbs are all in that category. We also have some young players coming through who are similar and we will see this more and more like them because the world is trying to produce more players like this now."
Wenger is right about possibly having the most complete squad for years to come, but the task at hand is a match against a very competitive West Ham squad. Arsenal has to focus on its own game to get their season back on track.
Andy Carroll could be a major threat to the Gunners. He returned to action after a hamstring injury against Queens Park Rangers in a 2-1 win on Monday. He'll probably be at his best and Arsenal will have to prepare to deal with him. The striker caused the Gunners a lot of damage when he scored the winner for Newcastle at Emirates Stadium in November 2010. He hasn't played up to the level he did at Newcastle for West Ham yet, but he's due for a breakout match.
West Ham has the advantage of playing at home and their defense has thrived this season. Only Chelsea, Arsenal and Sunderland have given up fewer goals. On offense though, I like Arsenal's chances with Gervinho scoring five goals in five matches since becoming Arsenal's centre forward.
Wenger's hunch about Gervinho to put him at centre forward was the correct one. There was a big question mark about where Gervinho would excel the most for the Gunners. I guess Wenger's knowledge and experience came through again.
Note: I've been an Arsenal fan for nearly a decade. My cousin got me interested in the club at a young age.
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