So let’s document our opinion regarding Arsenal players - How much do you rate them currently and where far do you believe they would go?
You can categorize your opinion based on below criteria
On a scale of Mark Randall to Dennis Bergkamp, How successful do you believe this player will be with Arsenal?
Mark Randall - No idea why he was even relevant
Frimpong - Loud and whimpers away
Henri Lansbury - Championship grade
Carl Jenkinson - PL grade, somehow stuck around, not played much.
Denilson - PL grade, somehow stuck around, played a lot.
Arshavin - Exciting but short term
David O’Leary - Long-term servant
Cesc Fabregas - Bordering on the legend status
Dennis Bergkamp - Legend
Pat Rice - Face of Arsenal
How long do you think the player would last in the club?
How good a player in his prime, will he eventually be with Arsenal or elsewhere?
League’s best in his position
How do you think his overall career will pan out?
Won’t be a professional footballer for long
Inferior non-european leagues
Inferior european leagues
European top leagues - lesser clubs
European top leagues - midtable clubs
Respected professional plying with only top clubs
World class player plying with multiple top clubs
Qatar will purchase him
That’s not a bad selection of players, questions and options but I still can’t categorise them like this without thinking they’re not accurately reflecting what I’d predict.
With Iwobi I’d select “Arshavin - 5 years - Gareth Barry - midtable - 10-20m” but that’s mostly rounding up/down.
Will just go through each player and how I predict it’ll turn out.
Reiss Nelson - two years of on-off excitement and promise, before the uncertainty for him and us culminates in letting him go abroad. A good old tale of what might have been.
Eddie Nketiah - never quite establishes a first team run. Few more League/FA Cup runs before moving to a Championship/newly promoted club.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles - injury problems persist and struggles for opportunities as arrivals come in. Moves to a newly promoted side in a year or two.
Mattéo Guendouzi - continues to progress well in Emery’s developmental system but primarily in bit part roles. Make or break moment comes in a year or two and grabs it with both hands. #success
Konstantinos Mavropanos - hardest one to call. Throw a guess that after this season he’ll have one more year as a 4th choice followed by a 2 year run in and around the first team. Faces stiff competition with recruitments and Rob Holding. Ends up abroad within 3 years.
Rob Holding - accumulates consistent appearances with the first team before recruitment and form begin to change that. Can see it being touch and go with his future in 18 months-2 years from now with other big six clubs interested.
Alex Iwobi - several solid first team runs over the next two seasons, peaking a year from now and maintaining his status as a highly useful squad player for 2-3 seasons. Moves to a midtable side in 4/5 years.
Look forward to how stupid this will look in a few years time.