Wenger laments the decline of the target man

first_img “I would rather have (Aaron) Ramsey (score) 15, (Mesut) Ozil (score) 15, (Santi) Cazorla (score) 10, otherwise, if you have only one player who scores, when he is injured you don’t know who will score. “(Olivier) Giroud, (Theo) Walcott and (Alexis) Sanchez can get around 20 goals without any problem. “Sometimes you have to trust your players and play them. Then they get there. “People want always the absolute certainty that they will be absolutely successful. It is not like that. “I played (Nicolas) Anelka and people asked me, ‘Why did you not buy anybody?’ Thierry Henry the same. I said, ‘Let him play, maybe he will score’. Football is a bit like that.” Following next week’s Champions League opener away to Dinamo Zagreb, Arsenal head to Chelsea for a televised lunchtime kick-off on Saturday September 19. Wenger, though, is not about to slate the fixture schedulers. “Chelsea play as well (on Wednesday) and it is part of our job. I don’t think it will be a massive problem for us, but we will see,” he said. “I think we have gone down the way where we have to accept that television decides when you are going to play and we just adapt.” The Gunners boss chose not to sign another frontman during the transfer window, despite the loss of England international Danny Welbeck until Christmas following knee surgery. Wenger claims the calibre of player he feels would add to the Arsenal squad is just not available in the current market. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes a complete rethink is needed in the academy set-up to help bring through more traditional old-style English centre-forwards. The French coach would like to see more done to develop home-grown talent rather than just look to overseas markets. “What we produce now are good technical players because there are nice pitches out there. Before (as a youngster) you played in the park where you had to kick the ball up front and you had to fight, a boy of 12 who played against a boy of 16 had to be shrewd and push to get the ball. All those kind of things have gone,” said Wenger, who has allowed the likes of promising target men Yaya Sanogo to join Ajax on loan and Chuba Akpom off to Hull to gain some much-needed first-team experience. “What I am convinced of is that in the academies we have to specialise the players. “There is an age from five to 12 where you have the acquisition of the technical areas, then at 12 to 14 you start to develop the speed and physical qualities, but from 14 onwards, when you start to position the players for their careers, maybe you have to work on a specific aspect of a position again, what we got naturally before in the street or in the park. “Maybe we have to rethink completely the education and specialise earlier. “Of course w e cannot now destroy the drainage to create water on the pitches and lift the ball to work on the heading, so I think we have to find another way to do it.” Wenger is confident Arsenal have enough attacking talent to cope with Welbeck’s unexpected extended absence. He said: “We will have to spread it through the squad. Press Associationlast_img read more

$210M budgeted for synthetic tracks in five regions

first_imgA BUDGETED $210M for proposed synthetic track facilities to be laid in Regions 2, 4, 6, 7 and 10 was the highlight that came out of Minister within the Ministry of Education responsible for Culture, Youth and Sport, Nicolette Henry’s budget debate speech when she addressed the National Assembly yesterday morning.The minister’s overall 28-minute speech included deliberations about sports, culture and youth policies.The Minister opened by saying that her presentation “will focus on the achievements in 2016, as well as the measures and plans contained in this budget, intended to positively impact the areas of culture, youth and sport.”As it pertains to sports, Henry made the promise that the government will “work assiduously to prepare our athletes, and 2020 Olympics should see Guyanese athletes more than just participating, but rather they will be given the requisite support and tools to compete”.Following up, the Minister stated that the 2017 budget “makes provision for support to our athletes to benefit from training and development exposure”.The minister did not elaborate or mention the specific programmes or initiatives that will be implemented towards achieving this end or say what direct support will be given to the athletes, or say what was allocated towards achieving this goal.On a mini report on achievements made for this year, the realisation of the National Sports Commission (NSC) electronic national database for athletes was cited.She did, however, hint at realisation of the long-awaited National Sports Policy in 2017, which will “guide” the NSC in its move to “strengthen sport-related services”.She also spoke of the continuation of the training and accreditation of coaches in 2017 through bilateral agreements with Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and Germany, which will provide training in athletics, rugby, football, swimming and any other sporting discipline which needs technical assistance and support.”The provision of up to $10M was mentioned for the continued enhancement and upgrade of identified facilities in the community ground enhancement initiative.Also towards the facilities, Henry says sports facilities can look forward to wifi in 2017, which will aid in the streaming of sports events across the internet.After that the Minister moved on to culture.When the APNU/AFC government took over the reins in 2015 the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport was absorbed as a department under the Ministry of Education so that culture, youth and sport initiatives could better be integrated into the school system.last_img read more