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Young and Lightweight

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Earlier in the season, much was said of Pienaar and Osman being too lightweight and small.

Pienaar took a while to settle in but then balanced the midfield, before he was off to Africa and back injured. In his first full season in EPL, he has to become fitter as most overseas players do. Osman was doing well until injured, and was the leading scorer for the first 6 weeks or so. Without them helping Arteta (who has not been 100%), the supply to the Yak fell away.

Now how small is Ashley Young and look at him playing with a free role, creating and linking play? If they cannot catch you they cannot hurt you.
Anton Holmes, Perth, Australia     Posted 21/04/2008 at 10:18:48

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Andy Hudson
1   Posted 21/04/2008 at 14:09:47

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I’m not sure of your point here Anton
Connor Rohrer
2   Posted 21/04/2008 at 14:35:36

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I’m not either. What are you getting at Anton?
Bilbo Baggin
3   Posted 21/04/2008 at 15:19:07

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Small is mighty. I defeated the dark lord Sauron...

Think thats what he’s getting at. He wants a team of midgets.
Patty Beesley
4   Posted 21/04/2008 at 15:22:32

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And if you know your REAL history..... what about David and Goliath??
Jay Harris
5   Posted 21/04/2008 at 15:37:36

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And what about the greatest of them all. Little tiny Alan Ball.

ps:. Not to mention the Golden Vision.

If you?re good enough you?re big enough.

Didn't see many complaints about Ossie?s goals against Sunderland, Larissa and Derby.
Ray Robinson
6   Posted 21/04/2008 at 20:05:45

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If you’re good enough, you’re tall enough - well, yes but only if there aren’t too many in the team at once. Osman, Pienaar great footballers but you can’t have team of midgets. We get over-powered sometimes. Johnson also is far too lightweight. It’s a question of balance.
Joe McMahon
7   Posted 21/04/2008 at 20:33:16

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Jay Harris - Fab as the goals were, like you said - Sunderland, Larissa and Derby.

When it?s Liverpool, Man U, Arsenal, Chelsea, Villa... we will be satisfied.
Jason Broome
8   Posted 21/04/2008 at 23:04:53

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I think you posted your response in the wrong place there, Anton.
Jason Lam
9   Posted 22/04/2008 at 02:26:31

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I believe the poster was referring to ’speed’, as Bruce Lee once said, ’speed is everything’. Well.

Would you believe AJ is faster than Ashley Young?
Anton Holmes
10   Posted 22/04/2008 at 11:39:25

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Yes, sorry guys, I suppose a bit missing. The point being that I think we have a couple of players to create, we need a younger Carsley or that holding breaking down roll to allow our skillfull lightweights to do the job that Ashley Young is showing can be achieved by subtly controlling the middle and wide spots with the right backup. Although Carsley has done a good steady job, we need a better younger version, to compiment the middle, which consists of skillfull lightweights.
Jack Calvert
11   Posted 22/04/2008 at 12:29:41

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Err 1 word ... pace

Young has it in abundance; Piennar and Osman do not

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