Henry, Torres, Rooney… Afobe

May 18, 2010

Forget the Cesc to Barca chit chat, it’s bored me senseless already.

Today will see the U17 European Championship Finals kick-off in Liechtenstein, and England have a great chance of winning the title for the first time in their history.

More importantly for us gooners, Chuke Aneke and Benik Afobe are in the squad, with Afobe a cast iron certainty to start games.

Afobe has a magnificent record for England, at U16 level he scored 4 goals in 3 games, and since stepping up to the U17s  last year he has scored a remarkable 10 in 18 games.

This tournament is taken very seriously by all the participants and gives future greats a tremendous platform to build upon.

Previously the tournament was the U16 European Champs but was changed to U17 level in 2002, with a new award named the Golden Player Award handed out the to the exceptional player of the Championships since then, some current greats you may have heard of winning the trinket.

The first winner, in 2002, was Wayne Rooney, with our own Cesc Fabregras winning the award in 2004.

Thierry Henry was joint top scorer in the 1993 edition of the U16 tournament.

Torres and David Villa were the stars of the 2001 Championships held in England, also the last time it was known as the U16 European Championships.

The Liverpool marksman was top scorer with 7 goals that helped Spain to the title, scoring the winning goal against France in the final.

A whole host of current stars have played and shone in this tournament over the years, and those of us in the know about the prodigious talents of Benik Afobe, cannot wait for him to be unleashed on a higher stage this coming month.

Barcelona tried their best to lure him over to Spain earlier this year, thankfully he did not succumb to such pressure and eventually signed professional terms with Arsenal.

We have a proper player on our hands.

Catch Afobe and England taking on the Czech Republic tonight in their opening game of Group B, kick-off 7.30pm (BST)

Eurosport will be screening the tournament live for those with access to it in Europe.

8 Responses to “Henry, Torres, Rooney… Afobe”

  1. dilshan said

    hawk..can we really ignore the cesc talk…I for one fear the worse and think he will leave

  2. I’m not sure myself any longer, the noises seem to be getting louder and the bookies are rarely wrong.. they have him long odds-on to be a barca player by 1st september.

  3. craig said

    i love cesc he’s a fantastic player i dont want to see him go, but iff he really wants to good luck to him ill still luv him, plus i dont really want a player playing for arsenal if their heart is not 4 the club anymore. if he does go i blame 1 person, however much i luv the man, wenger has to take responsibility for not strengthening the squad with the quality players we need to keep these type of players happy and convinced that we can win trophies. he’s had the money and hasn’t spent it, its frustrating 4 us, but most importantly its frustrating for our top players, if cesc stays or go’s wenger needs to address these problems and get the players we need, starting with a quality keeper, i trust wenger but he is so stubborn its unreal i just hope he addresses our problems and get us back to where we were, up u gooners!

  4. Doublegooner said

    ‘ARSENE KNOWS’….Like you mate !

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  6. dilshan said

    also another sign i see is lack of communications coming out of the club regarding this matter, I mean they have time to put out statements about transfer speculations on media etc but no time to make a short statement on what really has become a very disturbing and worrying development for the fans

  7. gunner17 said

    arsenal need to take a tougher line with the media. banning journalists who write fiction is a start. banning newspapers and channels who propogate rumours which disrupt arsenal players would be good too. taking court action for false stories about players. giving exclusives to news organisations which obey the rules. these f*cking papers need to be brought to heel.

  8. 3-1 to England, final goal from Afobe, good all round performance.

    Lets hope he builds on this showing and blitzes the the rest of the tournie, helping him get a look into our first team squad.

    If anelka done it at 17, so can this kid.

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