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Archive for the month “July, 2014”

Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry Turns Down The Chance To Join Palace

Arsenal’s attacking midfielder Serge Gnabry is believed to have turned down the opportunity to join Crystal Palace this week, seemingly happier at the prospect of fighting for his place in an Arsenal side now full to the brim with attacking talent.

The 19-year-old, who played 14 times for Arsenal last season, only put pen to paper on a new five-year deal at The Emirates last season, but with the likes of Özil, Ramsey, Walcott, Sanchez and Oxlade-Chamberlain all vying for places in the starting eleven this term, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Gnabry sidelined for the majority of the campaign.

The German will no doubt make it into the Arsenal side on a few occasions throughout the coming months, but there is no doubt that a move to Selhurst Park would have seen him playing a far more pivotal role in than he will do by staying in North London.

With rumours of interest in him from Southampton, Newcastle and even Borussia Dortmund, Gnabry could well be open to a move elsewhere, but with no concrete offers on the table from the clubs in question as of yet, it seems as though he’s prepared to stay at Arsenal and fight for his place.

Who knows, should things not go to plan for the teenager, it may be a deal we could revisit in the January transfer window, until then, we will simply shift our gaze elsewhere.

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Jake Gray’s Teammates Are Proud Of His Success In The US

The last few weeks will have felt like a whirlwind to Palace youngster Jake Gray. Selected alongside Jerome Williams and Hiram Boateng to travel to the USA with the first-team, he has made quite an impression, playing regularly and scoring twice into the bargain.

Whilst academy boss Gary Issott has already spoken of his hope that Gray will have made a big enough impact on Pulis and the coaching staff to never return to academy football, Gray’s teammate Michael Chambers has now spoken to the Croydon Advertiser about his pride over Jake’s progression.

He said:

“We were all so proud and happy for Jake to score, especially on tour with the first team in America.

“He’s a very good player. He is a quiet lad but a very good trainer. When he gets on the pitch he’d a very different character altogether, he can be physical and puts himself about.

“The chances are there for us. It’s good and gives us a buzz – it shows we can push on.

“Hopefully a few more of us can push on soon and be involved in the first team.”

Unfortunately, the first-team’s promotion and subsequent survival in the Premier League was always going to make it tougher for our academy players to make the step-up, but thanks to the success of Gray this summer, his teammates will have been given a huge boost.

As a club, youth development is something we have rightly prided ourselves on for a number of years, and as we head into Tony Pulis’ first full season in charge, there are a number of extremely talented players bubbling just below the surface, hoping to get the chance to impress.

Should Jake be given the odd Premier League appearance in the coming campaign and do well, his fellow academy players would understandably feel closer than ever to the first-team set-up.

As has always been the case, if they’re good enough, they’re old enough.

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