Thursday, August 21, 2008

Nacer Barazite..........A lesser known Gunner

Barazite started his career as a youth player with NEC Nijmegen in the Netherlands. He joined Arsenal in 2006 and regularly featured for the U18 and Reserve teams throughout 2006–07. He signed a professional contract with the club in in September 2007, having scored for the first team in a pre-season friendly against Barnet the previous month

Barazite made his competitive Arsenal first-team début on October 31, 2007, as a substitute for Eduardo da Silva against Sheffield United in a League Cup Fourth Round match. His second appearance also came as a substitute, for Mark Randall in Arsenal's League Cup quarter-final against Blackburn Rovers on December 18, 2007, but after only 17 minutes on the pitch he was stretchered off with a dislocated shoulder, and replaced by Fran Merida.

Barazite returned to reserve-team action after his injury, and scored his first hat trick for Arsenal in the under-18s, in a 5–2 win over Southampton. The other two were scored by Luke Freeman. Barazite was also named on the Arsenal bench for the final Premier League game against Sunderland on May 11, 2008, but was not brought on.

Barazite featured in Arsenal's preseason campaign for 2008-09, scoring for Arsenal in a 2-1 win against Barnet in a pre-season friendly at Underhill in July. On August 19, 2008 Barazite joined Championship side Derby County on loan until the end of the year.

Hope he will make it to the first team, after his loan spell is over.

Silvestre moves to Arsenal FC

So it seems Wenger did live up to his promise and make one star signing this season. Mikael Silvestre, the ex-Red Devil had lost his first team position to Patrice Evra and also Nemanja Vidic who make the perfect centre back combination with Rio Ferdinand of MUFC. The Gunner's have a young but experienced squad, and the influx of Silvestre would only mean that there would be more defence experiece to bank upon. Wenger seemed to have quite a frail side, with the exit of famous Arsenal players like Mathieu Flamini to AC Milan and Aliaksandr Hleb leacing for Camp Nou. Even Brazil starlet of the 2002 WC, and interim captain of Arsenal Gilberto left for Greek giants, Panthanaikos. That meant Gallas would be the only player with vast international exposure on field. Hope Silvestre can do some good for the Red and White Army. Cheers!

``Glory Glory Arsenal FC``

What is it about ARSENAL FC, a North London football club that drives me mad when I hear their name? I wonder sometimes, and remember the first time I had heard about the English Premier League. Until 6th standard I never watched television much, except those Scooby Doo cartoons on CN. But then one day, this guy in school tells me about the Carling English Premier League. I started watching the EPL from the season when they were known as the Barclaycard Premier League. It was one of the best things that ever happened in my life. As I flicked through the schedule one Saturday, I decided to watch this one particular match between Arsenal and ManUtd. And thats where my football journey began. Tony Adams was the captain then, and Bergkamp was my god. The fancy footwork of Henry and Bergkamp left me in awe. The Dreamcast jersey, was the first one I ever owned. Dad got it for me with great difficulty, and its still my most prized possesion. It was a gift like no other. With the No.10 and Bergkamp emblazoned on its back, and the Royal Arsenal logo on the front.

Too sing ' The Red and White Army ' arouses a passion about Arsenal FC, like you did never know. When the 65000 voices at the Emirates unite and become one driving force for the Gunner's, Arsenal must win the match. Even the glory of the Merseysider's singing You'll Never Walk Alone, seems to fade out before it. That club is my life, and being a Gooner is the best of all experiences.