An interesting assessment by an Arsenal scout and one time Gunners bruiser!
Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi has backed five of the club’s current youngsters to become first team regulars.
In conversation with L’Equipe, Grimandi tipped Carlos Vela, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Amaury Bischoff and Francis Coquelin all to make it at Emirates stadium.
The scout said about Vela: “He is pure talent, with a great career ahead of him.”
He added about Wilshere: “Like [Samir] Nasri at Marseille, he was born with the club’s shirt on his back. He is an incredibly rare talent.
“Some of his markers tried to “do him” during the Emirates Cup last summer, but he was not scared.”
About Ramsey, Grimandi said: “What surprises us the most is that he has imposed himself when we already have a top midfield. He is a great midfielder. He is already very mature and smart. His versatility is an asset.”
And about Bischoff, he said: “He is back from many injuries. His courage helps him prove people who did not believe in him wrong.”
On Coquelin, he added: “I love this story. I saw him by chance during a France v Belgium Under 17 game and nobody knew who he was.
“He did not make the usual professional way. We saw him during a friendly tournament in Turkey and then he came for a trial.
“He did not fancy coming but when he saw the facilities and the atmosphere, he did not hesitate.” (tribalfootball.com)
Whilst Arsenal’s youngsters crashed out of the Carling Cup last night their abilities and potential can not be questioned, they just went out to a better side on the night. Wenger has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the players at his disposal for the next few years to come and Grimandi hits many nails on their heads in this piece and the talent shown by these teenagers, most remarkably by 16 year old Wilshere, is frankly mind boggling. Which kids at the club do Gunners fans think really will hit the big time at the Emirates?