Forest trial for Arsenal youngsters..

According to the Evening Post, we’ve taken three Arsenal youngsters on some sort of trial – with a view to a permanent move (presumably a loan between now – assuming success – and January could be arranged).  The good news is that amongst them is a right back and a centreback – with defence being an obvious concern (that said, I wouldn’t be blinded by the defence and fail to notice the lack of goals scored as well as the problem of shipping them at the back.

Anyway, they are called James Dunne; a defensive midfielder – he’s described as ‘often an antithesis to the flamboyant players that occupy midfield with him’ – meaning he’ll probably be a flair player compared to some of our midfielders!  Abu Ogogo is a midfielder converted to rightback, with a reputation for tough-tackling but also pace and an eye for attack.  Paul Rodgers is a central defender, although originally trained as a full-back; again he appears to be noted for both athleticism and composure – pretty vital for a central defensive role.

The Evening Post piece comes complete with a quote from Smoulds, so that would mean it’s actually happening; he also elucidates that the players in question are seeking a permanent move – now, I’m reasonably excited by the prospect if we can get them on board, because frankly if they’re not quite making the grade at Arsenal – there’s a bloody good chance they’d excel here!  They’re all set to feature in a couple of reserve games, and I guess we take it from there on arranging a deal should they impress.

All three are 18 and about to turn 19; so you would hope that – from both our and their point of view – any move is with a view to pretty rapid first team involvement; I can’t see why they would be interested in graduating from Arsenal’s youth team/reserves into ours – indeed, that would be a significant relegation in anyone’s language!  So we await developments, and hope it’s not just something that’s been publicised to deflect attention from activities on the pitch.