Now I am not meaning specific transfer but transfers in general. What if football clubs were bound by the players they produced and couldn’t buy players from other clubs. Clubs like Manchester United would have done well with the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and the Neville brothers. West Ham also would do well with Rio and Anton Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick to name a few, but how would today’s Premiership squads look if that had happened. Each Monday I will post up what the teams would look like starting alphabetically. It’s going to be rather interesting to see how the teams will look, there will be some names you may not have heard of before and there will be some players playing for clubs that you may not have expected. Enjoy
Stuart Taylor age: 31
Taylor currently is at Manchester City which is his third club, though he has been on loan to multiple other clubs throughout his career. He was at Arsenal for 8 years and in that time made 18 appearances. During that time he was on loan at Bristol Rovers, Crystal Palace, Peterborough United and Leicester City. He moved to Aston Villa on a four year contract but only made 12 Premiership starts during that time. When that contract expired he then signed for Manchester City where he has so far made 1 league appearance.
Graham Stack age: 30
Stack currently plays for Hibernian, which is his fourth club, which has been his most successful stint in his career. During his time at Arsenal he didn’t managed to make a Premier League appearance but made 5 appearances in the Carling Cup and spent three loan spells at different clubs. One at Belgium club Beveren, one at Millwall and the other to Reading. The latter resulted in a permanent move. Things didn’t change for Stack when he moved to Reading though as he carried on his career on loan, firstly at Leeds Utd and the second at Wolves. Again that move only meant more loan moves for Stack, first Blackpool and then again to Wolves. In 2009 he signed for Hibs where he has become more of a regular but has been out because of injuries.
Liam Chilvers age: 30 CB
Liam Chilvers in his 4 year career for Arsenal didn’t make a single appearance for the club and spent his time on loan at Northampton Town, Notts County, Beveren and Colchester United. When his contract finished he signed with Colchester United where he spent two successful years. He then moved on to Preston North End where he spent four years before he moved to Notts County and is currently on loan at Port Vale.
John Halls age: 29 CB
Halls spent only 3 years at Arsenal before he signed for Stoke City. He spent sometime on loan at Colchester and Beveren and Stoke City. This is when Stoke where in the Championship. He had his most successful time at Stoke and that earned him a transfer to Reading, who in his first season there won promotion to the Premiership. He spent two more seasons with Reading but most of that was on loan at Preston North End, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United. He moved on to Brentford then Aldershot Town and now is at Wycombe Wanderers.
Matthew Connolly age: 24 CB
Connolly spent 2 spells on loan before his move to QPR, one at Bournemouth and then other at Colchester. He has had made over 100 appearances for QPR but is currently on loan at Reading.
Rhys Weston age: 31 RB
He made three appearances for Arsenal before he signed for Cardiff where he spent six years where he made over 200 appearances in all competitions for them, gaining promotion from third division to the second and then the First Division – now the Championship. He moved on from Cardiff and signed a short-term move with Norwegian side Viking FK but only made one appearances due to injury. He then signed for Port Vale and then moved to Walsall and now is at Scottish side Dundee. He has been capped for Wales at Senior level and the U21’s
Justin Hoyte age: 27 RB
Justin was a bright prospect at made 68 appearances overall for Arsenal before his transfer to Middlesbrough where he has gone on to make 95 appearances for Boro’. He spent a season for on loan at Sunderland where he made 30 appearances. He represented England at U16, U18, U20 and U21
Gavin Hoyte age: 21 Pos: RB
Gavin is the younger brother of Justin and is still on the books Arsenal albeit on loan. He has made 4 appearances, 3 in the Carling Cup and 1 in the Premiership for Arsenal and has represented England at U17, U18, U19 and U20’s. He has spent three seasons on loan, Watford, Brighton & Hove and Lincoln City and is currently on loan at AFC Wimbledon.
Kerrea Gilbert: 24 RB
At present Gilbert plays for Shamrock Rovers. He spent his time at Arsenal on loan at Cardiff City, Southend United, Leicester City and Peterborough United. When he left Arsenal he went to sign for Portland Timbres but in the end that didn’t happen as his visa was denied and in the end he signed for Yeovil Town then signing for Shamrock Rovers.
Ashley Cole age: 31 LB
If you don’t know the whole story with Ashley Cole then I will give you a quick recap. He started his career with Arsenal and was one of the most promising players to have come through Arsenal’s academy in recent years – definitely at this time, and so when the whole transfer saga unfolded with the 5k issue, still is sore with Arsenal fans. He can continue on to have a great career at Chelsea and has become an essential part of the England make-up.
Kieran Gibbs age: 22 LB
This is slightly tricky as Gibbs started his career at Wimbledon but when they changed to MK Dons and moved he was left without a club and at 15 joined Arsenal. Because of the age, it wasn’t a transfer – it’s a loophole. He has only spent one season on loan which was at Norwich and the rest of the time has been with Arsenal. He has been really unlucky with injuries throughout his career – he is injured right now. He has represented England at U19, U20, U21 and the England Senior team. I would liken his career to Robin van Persie’s where people will really see his potential when he has a season without injury, I fully believe that Gibbs can be just as good as Ashley Cole, but I guess time will tell
Steve Sidwell age: 29 CM
Sidwell didn’t make an appearance for Arsenal, spending his time on loan at Bretford, Beveren and Brighton & Hove before moving to Reading where he had his most success time. His performances got a lot of attention and in the end culminated in a move to Chelsea. He made a total of 24 appearances in all competitions scoring once for Chelsea. He moved to Aston Villa where he found more regular football before moving to his current club Fulham. He played for the England U21’s
James Harper age: 31 CM
Harper spent his Arsenal career on loan for one season at Cardiff City before his transfer to Reading where he helped them win promotion to the Premiership. He spent nine years there before he moved Sheffield United where he spent the previous season. He moved to Hull and now is on loan at Wycombe Wanderers.
Fabrice Muamba age: 23 CM
Muamba made 2 appearances for Arsenal in the Carling Cup but spent his time at Arsenal on loan at Birmingham City along with Nicklas Bendtner. He impressed and earned himself a transfer to the midlands club where he went on to make 38 appearances, 79 in all including the loan spell. The following season Bolton came in for him and he has gone on to make 137 appearances for them in all competitions, making him a very influential player for the club.
Mark Randall age: 22 CM
Randall showed a lot of promise coming through the academy, but his loan spells to Burnley, MK Dons and Rotherham never really worked out. He made 5 appearances for Arsenal, one in the league, the rest in cup competition. He currently plays for Chesterfield. He played for England at U17 and U18 level.
Henri Lansbury age: 21 CM
Lansbury is a talented player, but has yet had the chance to really show Arsenal what he has to offer in an Arsenal shirt. He has made 6 appearances for Arsenal and has spent the rest of his career on loan. He spent time on loan at Scunthorpe United and then Watford. Last season he was on loan at Norwich where he helped them gain promotion to the Premier League, and I was surprised he didn’t either stay with Arsenal or go on loan to Norwich again. Instead this season he has gone on loan to West Ham. He signed a new contract with Arsenal last year, and so Arsenal fans could still get to see more of him in the future. He was apart of the FA Cup youth winning team that consisted of Kyle Bartley, Craig Eastmond, Emmanuel Frimpong, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Jack Wilshere. He has also represented England at U16, U17, U19 and U21 level
Jack Wilshere age: 20 CM
Possibly one of the best youth products Arsenal have seen in the last 20 years. People that have watched his career from the beginning know that there is still so much more to his game and it is unfortunate that he has been out with injury for so long. I don’t have to write much about him as people know it already. He went on loan to Bolton where he impressed so much that Bolton wanted to have him on loan again, but Wenger decided to give him a go in the Arsenal team, with great effect. He has been capped by England at U16, U17, U19, U21 and for the England Senior’s and if he wasn’t injured would most probably be included in the upcoming friendly against Holland.
Emmanuel Frimpong age: 20 CM
Frimpong and Wilshere came up through the academy together, playing in central midfield and striking up a great understanding with each other. I can see them playing together in the next few years for Arsenal. I really like Frimpong, he is a non nonsense player, but is also good on the ball. He showed Arsenal fans what he is all about earlier in the season when he was thrust into the team, but showed no fear. Arsenal fans would have got to have seen ore of him sooner if he had not got injured back in 2010 with an anterior cruciate ligament on his left knee. He has been on loan at Wolves, and while he has only been there a short time he quickly won over the fans with his robust play. He twice came off injured during his loan spell. First he got kicked in the face, and the second time was much more serious with another cruciate ligament injury this time to his right knee. He has represented England at U16 and U17 but has declared himself to play for birth home -Ghana. If you don’t already follow him on twitter you should he is a character to say the least @Frimpong26AFC
Rohan Richetts age: 29 LM/RM
To say that Rohan Ricketts is well travelled is an understatement. He has played for clubs in Canada, Hungary, Moldova, Germany and now is with Irish club Shamrock Rovers. Ricketts was not at the club for long, only one season, before he moved to North London rivals Tottenham. He spent a few seasons on loan, one to Coventry and another to Wolves. His most successful time at Tottenham was in the 2003-04 season where he made 28 appearances for the club in all competitions. He moved to Wolves on a permanent basis. He made 49 appearances for Wolves in all competitions, 5 cup and the rest in the Championship. At the end of his career at Wolves he spent some time on loan at QPR. When he and Wolves parted ways he signed for Barnsley then moved onto Toronto where he had some success. This is where his career started to take a journey as he signed for the Hungarian team Diósgyőri VTK, then the Romanian side FC Dacia Chişinău. After his time there he signed for the German club SV Wilhelmshaven before joining the club he currently plays for Shamrock Rovers. This story has much more to it and you should all read it here check the out and enjoy.
Jerome Thomas age: 28 LM
Thomas currently plays for WBA, and even scored the winner in the 3-2 match against Arsenal. He spent some time on loan at QPR before he moved to Charlton Athletic and the moved on loan to Portsmouth and then permanently to Portsmouth. Thomas signed on a free transfer for currently club West Brom. He played for the England U21’s
David Bentley age: 27 RM
What ever happened to Bentley’s career? He was once so promising – compared to David Beckham for his dead-ball ability, but it seems he believed he was more than he was. He had a bright start to his Arsenal career with a good cup run in 03/04 with the following season seeing him impress on loan at Norwich. The season after that he went on loan to Blackburn. He then was transferred to Blackburn where his career really kicked off leading to a big money transfer to Tottenham. He was never really a regular in the side and for the last two seasons has seen his spend his playing time on loan, first at Birmingham City and now with West Ham. At 27 he still has years ahead of him, but really needs to find the form of old to rekindle his career. He represented England U21’s, the England B side and has been capped 7 times for the England Senior side
Jo Kuffour age: 30
He spent one season on loan at Swindon before he signed for Torquay United where he spent four years. He then moved on to Brentford and then Bournemouth. Bristol Rovers signed him in 2008 where he spent four years. He spent the final year of that ay Gillingham where he then moved to on a permanent deal,
Jay Bothroyd age: 29
Bothroyd currently plays for QPR but has also played for Cardiff, Stoke (on loan), Wolves, Charlton, Blackburn (on loan), Italian side Perugia and Coventry. He started his career with Arsenal but was released after a “disagreement” with Don Howe and Wenger has come out and said that he regrets Bothroyd leaving the club so early in his career. His best time came with Cardiff where he earned an England call up. He also represented England U16, U18, U20 and U21 level.
Jay Simpson age: 23
Simpson showed promise when he was coming through the youth set up, and enjoyed loan spells at Millwall, WBA and QPR. He signed for Hull but is currently on loan at Millwall. He has represented England at U17, U18, U19 and U21’s
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas age: 21
JET is a very versatile player. During his time with Arsenal he played in defence, Midfield and upfront, but now he seems to be designated as a striker for his current club Ipswich. Like all the Arsenal youth products his career reached a point where he was going out on loan. He spent time at Blackpool, Doncaster and Cardiff. Much was talked about regarding JET and many thought that he would be given more of a chance at Arsenal so many were surprised when he was sold to Ipswich. It was probably the best for him to move to gain more first team football but some would have liked for him to be given the chance and Arsenal. He has represented England at U17 and U19 level
So there is what the squad would look like. It consists of full England internationals as well as many U21’s, U18’s as well as FA Youth Cup winners from 2000, 2001 and 2009.
Here is how I would see the best XI, let me know if you agree.