According reports from the daily mail, Arsenal have signed the son of Chelsea legend, Dennis Wise. The deal, which will see 15-year old Henry make his way through the club’s youth rank, is expected to last for one year.
Great decision no doubt, especially when you consider Wenger’s pedigree when it comes to bringing young players through the ranks. Recall that sons of Manchester United legend David Beckham are also in the club’s youth rank.
However, Arsenal do have some pressing issues that require urgent attention. While planning ahead for the future is not a bad idea, Arsenal’s priority should be signing established players to beef up the current squad.
Time may fail me to start highlighting the problems of the team, but it is no secret that we do need a defensive midfielder as well as a central defender as backup; not a 15-year old who may not offer us any help on the field at the moment.
The younger Wise, who left QPR to join the Gunners, is a creative midfielder, and may have a bright future ahead of him should all go according to plan; but I doubt if Arsenal fans will be excited about the news.
A quick look at the Arsenal youth team reveals that the future is bright considering the quality of players coming through the ranks. Players like Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz (the Beckhams), Daniel Crowley, Chuba Akpom, Isaac Hayden, and the likes are already lighting up the youth setup; and Henry’s addition point to a big future ahead for the Gunners.
Henry joined Queens Park Rangers a couple of years back as a little child, and moving to the North London club is a big step in his career, which could be as colourful as his father’s, who played for Wimbledon, Chelsea, and Millwall before retiring.