The best of Bendtner, Captain Senderos and Diamond Denilson
This one minute highlights video of last nights Carling Cup match between Arsenal's young guns and Newcastle contains three moments of play that shines any Arsenal/football heart.
19 year old Nicklas Bendtner's leaping power header had great timing and looked so natural and dominating. For me there is a touch of Duncan Ferguson in this header... and I hope there is more like this to come from our Danish superstar in the making. A great first competitive goal for the club.
Captain Senderos showed the anticpation and commitment to get back and make a goal-saving challenge. As the cliche goes: it was as good as a goal. Phillipe is still only 22 years old- which still makes him a baby for a centre-back. I have a lot of faith in Senderos as I always see in him the determination and desire to improve and succeed and it is a case for him now to mature in his decision-making and on-field confidence.
And 19 year old Denilson's peach of a strike is awesome viewing: showing his shooting technique is equal to his obvious fantastic technique and workrate. For me Denil is a certain diamond in the making; a certainty to progress into a great player under Wenger.
The Carling Cup made for wonderful viewing last season and it continued last night. This cup is perfect for the aspect of Wenger's Masterplan to develop and mature his young players through first-team action as soon as possible. Every extra match played in the competition is one more match of experience and progression for our young guns and in this context the existence of this competition - which I used to look as quite irrelevant - is now proving to be simply invaluable.