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Monday, November 05, 2007

Arsenal pursuing the next Tony Adams but so are Manchester United!

By 1970’s Gooner

The rumors concerning Arsenal’s interest in Socrates Papastathopoulos of AEK Athens (in yellow above) will not go away.

If you remember we first published Arsenal’s interest in this exciting 19 year old central defender last month.

Arsenal and AEK Athens have been cooperating since last year on issues of football management and training methods especially after the visit to London Colney by the Greek team’s Spanish manager and the club’s president.

In addition Arsenal have this year formally established an Arsenal Academy network consisting of 25 selected academies spanning the whole of Greece.

So it is not a surprise that, as reported by the Greek press, Arsenal’s German scout, Thomas Kost, has already been dispatched to the Greek capital to watch Papastathopoulos from close quarters; in every match, even during training!

Kost is the scout that tracked Tomas Rosicky prior to his transfer to Arsenal.

However interest appears to be hotting up as Manchester United are also watching.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s brother Martin, who is one of United’s chief scouts, was also dispatched, according to the Greek sports press, to assess the player during Greece’s recent friendly Under 19 game against Italy.

Socrates is the captain of the national side which reached the final of the world tournament last summer. He can play in central defence but also as a defensive midfielder.

Although only 19 he has European experience under his belt with three Champions League appearances last season already.

Ed: Most English newspapers and others, especially those who copy and paste, put his age at 15!

This is a mistake as they are confusing him with Spanish 15 year old Real Madrid Academy player, Pablo Saparia, who is also interesting Arsenal!

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dave said...

Let's hope he does turn out to be the next Tony Adams. However I doubt that anyone can emulate him.

Anonymous said...

I think Arsenal have an advantage over other teams as the young players may choose us because they will get more chances to play in the top flight than elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

Fabregas is the biggest advert for Arsenal to all the aspiring and gifted young players from all over the world to come and join the revolution.

Anonymous said...

I am a Manchester United fan and I think you live in cloud coockoo land if you think that Arsenal is bigger in the eyes of these youngsters than us. Wake up!

Anonymous said...

man ure are so full of shite. what we are saying is that youngsters are most likely to develop and get a chance in arsenals team bcus wenger knows how to do these things. whereas in man ure their young side hardly has any worthy players-unlikely to play and plus wat a shite team they played against Coventry-tryin to be like the gunners with their so called kids, more like babies

Anonymous said...

To the Manc fan, Your write-up is full of poo.. Why would any youngster want to grow-up at United where hardly anyone of note from the youth ranks has made it to the top recently...Forget your benchwarming Osheas and Fletchers..

Anonymous said...

I am a Manchester United fan and I would like to remind you of the tradition that we have in developing youngsters who become world stars. Remember the Busby babes and recently Giggs, Butt, Scholes and the Nevilles. Remember all the trophies we have won with these "kids"?
What have you achieved?

Anonymous said...

We've achieved doing a double against Man ure last season and I reckon you did just win the trophies by just waking up and findind them at your Old (granny)Trafford.You wait till we do the treble tha's when You bleat like a goat.

Anonymous said...

All you Arsenal fans know deep down inside that Manchester United were much better than you at the Emirates and will continue to be so for a long long time.

Anonymous said...

So the SOM=FOS of OT is against more foreign players' One word sums bit up. Fear. Why?
Foreign players are technically ahead of Brits and Arsenal technical level is unsurpassed as compared to the run all day and the high ball.
That's why he is raving and ranting and it won't end until he has won the pl or cl but which gets harder every season.
If I were him I would call it a
day and play with my gc and do some gardening. Believe you me life is short and there are better things in life to do than be manager of MU. For all you know he could be asked to go not now but u never know. Is there any guarantee that he won'y be sacked?
Stranger things have happened in soccer.

Anonymous said...

socrates has just been voted MVP of the greek league for second week in a row...

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