Zel Time has come

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by yuvken, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    My dark horse to make it out the U21s. Doesn't get the hype but always performs consistently. Think he's better out wide, but if he can adapt to a central position, he could be a highly useful player. Excellent technically, good dribbler and very quick. Nice pass on him too.

    Crowley is the favorite because he tends to have a noticeable impact on games and that will stand him in good stead. Seems to be more penetrative and direct than Zelalem, which I guess is why people rate him higher.
  2. Danskin

    Danskin Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I think he's said multiple times that he feels better out wide but he's shown he can also do a very good job in the central-midfield if required. Very, very talented guy who's a bit overlooked because players like Crowley, Zelalem and Iwobi are getting more attention at the moment but he's every bit as good as the guys I mentioned if not better.

    Also, it will be interesting to see how Iwobi progresses next season, especially if he stays in the CF role.
  3. BobP

    BobP Memri Fan

    What sort of player is Niles, I know he's highly rated but what's is it that's so special about him?
  4. celestis

    celestis Arsenal-Mania Veteran Moderator

    That bodes well for Gideon , to me it means his bones are heavier which means he will hold his own when he puts on a bit of muscle .
  5. celestis

    celestis Arsenal-Mania Veteran Moderator

    I would just bring in a judo coach in and show them how to use leverage when their bodies in physical contact .

    Physically big bodies can be a disadvantage sometimes , look at what Messi did to Boateng lol. Timmmmberrrrrrr....
  6. yybecause

    yybecause Formerly known as ArsenaLover

    I agree about Judo coach; karate, joga whatever.
    I remember Zlatan scoring a wonder goal for Inter, and later on they had bunch of ppl on tv talking about the goal.. Move he did was just unbelievable from physical perspective. Finally, his old karate coach speaks up and says its all cause of what Zlatan did at his classes and how his body can do all that in a reflex; after all the trainings he had.

    Or look at on of the best basketball players ever, Tim Duncan. He was 37/38 last year when he won another ring; putting in absolutely fantastic numbers. Did it again this year; even though Sp**s didn't go far. And if you ask Tim how he does it, he's gonna tell you its yoga classes he did during last 2 summers

    I am way off the topic; but I saw 'judo' in previous post and it got me going
  7. redanddread

    redanddread The stone that the builders refuse

    Didn't Maitland-Niles get a run out last season in a CL game.

    Here's a taste of what the young lad can do-he's very promising.

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  8. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Zelalem's game this morning for USA in the knockout stages of U20 world cup:

    Still issues with timing and decision-making while on the ball, but most promising aspect for me was the aggressiveness of his play and the way he won the ball back for his team. He's still pretty weak at this point, as evidenced in the video, but I think it's clear - particularly from the lack of goal threat he offers - that his best position is deeper in midfield rather than further forward at #10.

    Highly versatile, 2-footed like Cazorla, and a very clever technician. Excellent at dribbling, very solid athlete and the most underrated passer we have. Perhaps the most standout among those things is his work ethic and intelligence. Just seems to have good timing and decision-making for a player of his age, hence why he made his debut so young. Didn't look out of place vs Galatasaray.

    Didn't finish the season as strongly as he started it, but he's definitely a mainstay at U21 level and is probably closer to the first team set-up than some may think.
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  9. BobP

    BobP Memri Fan

    A. Niles reminds me of Ox.
    B. The U21 Colombians looks massive.
    C. Zelalem definitely looks like Özil.
  10. Calypso_Boy

    Calypso_Boy Active Member

    no loan for zelalem next year actually he needs to be playing and bulking up here. He's too good to go on loan.

    Ainsley's looking good also, he could probably do with a loan to the championship.
  11. yybecause

    yybecause Formerly known as ArsenaLover

    I missed having exciting talented players in reserves and u20's. Zelalem, Niles, Crowley, Bielik, Akpom, Hayden.. Loving it!
  12. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation

    Yeah Hayden was very unlucky last season, would have got a lot more minutes if he was not injured...

    Maybe it is too late for him now, we will see!
  13. redanddread

    redanddread The stone that the builders refuse

    Zelalem has been quite impressive in one or two games so far. He's highly regarded. Lets hope he can make the jump to the seniors and retain his status.
  14. a_fourteen

    a_fourteen Well-Known Member

  15. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Staying up for a 2nd time to watch Zelalem in this game v Serbia. Playing a bit crap, just like last time I stayed up to watch him. Can see his quality, but he's struggling for range and keeps turning the ball over.

    Huge promise but not first team material yet. Hopefully a better 2nd half coming.
  16. dbig

    dbig Well-Known Member

    Best thing about Maitland-Niles is that when his shot from 35 yards out hits the crossbar and ricochets out, he immediately moves towards it.

    None of the "Oh! Woe is me" reaction. :)
  17. celestis

    celestis Arsenal-Mania Veteran Moderator

    Just saw the highlights , some of his decision making is horrible .
  18. Taylor Gang Gunners

    Taylor Gang Gunners Shame is a dish best served cold Trusted

    Krystian Bielik plays like Matic. Has long strides and covers ground well. He's a good tackler and can pass too. He's one to watch for sure, hope to see him in the Emirates Cup too.
  19. redanddread

    redanddread The stone that the builders refuse

  20. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Looks to be an intelligent player but plays a bit too slow at the moment. He's a big dude though so would be nice to have a tall player in there lol. I think we'll see him in pre-season.

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