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ranks and aided by our elite youth personnel, there is a superb and frankly simple way to continue that upwards trend. In the same breath, we can also tackle the first team’s appalling lack of defensive organisation, plus end the staleness of Wenger’s backroom staff. Sounds good, right? Like some kind of three-in-one miracle cure? It sure is. Many fans have suggested that Pat Rice – admirable service applauded - should be replaced by someone younger with fresh ideas, a leader who can organise the defence and who won’t be a ‘yes man’ to Wenger. Cult defensive legend Martin Keown has been heavily backed, as he helped the Arsenal cause in 2006 but hasn’t been used since. Tony Adams is an Arsenal hero for many and his legendary defensive acumen would be invaluable. But there is a far simpler answer and it’s already at the club: promote Steve Bould to be Wenger’s number two. A legendary Gunner, cut from the same cloth and lineup as Keown and Adams, who knows the club and its ethos, Bouldie would be immense and could lead from experience. His defensive nous would add invaluable coaching expertise, especially if he had a remit to end Arsenal’s defensive naivety and create proper defensive organisation. We are way too charitable in our play. ‘Be a Gooner be a Giver’ is a great and admirable charity but it shouldn’t extend to the pitch. Add the fact that Bould has helped to bring through several youngsters including Wilshere and Bould is clearly ideally placed to help transition our nippers through to become first-team regulars. Wilshere has what is termed, quite oddly, to be a ‘football brain’. What sort of brain do other footballers have? I’m not sure, although some do seem to be a bit brainless. Chris Waddle criticised Jack’s teammate Theo Walcott for lacking a football brain. As you know, I have always been a one-man Walcott-supporting bandwagon, but I think I may have missed something in Waddle’s flawless judgement. Prior to Waddle landing media punditry gigs I had previously thought that Waddle was a limited public speaker, with illthought, incomplete, flawed arguments that could be pulled apart in a moment, who could only gain airtime because the media thinks that former players ‘know their football’ and that regional accents appeal to the masses. Clearly, in becoming a radio pundit, Waddle is actually automatically astute and lucid, capable of well-considered arguments, journalistic acumen and complete sentences. It’s just that when the experienced pro Waddle criticised the unfinished article Walcott for having no ‘football brain’, it made me wonder something. Which part of his football brain did Chris Waddle use when he skied his crucial World Cup semi final penalty over the crossbar? Jack Wilshere does not have to be the new Liam Brady, just the current Jack Wilshere. We shouldn’t expect him to be Brady, just because his play is a bit similar. We need to give him the space to become his own person and simply be himself. As a latter-day beacon of hope, Jack’s style is similar to Brady and he carries the Brady effect as he offers us a new belief, a fresh hope for a long-term home-raised multi-talented talisman, capable of orchestrating Arsenal success in the years to come. He is Jack Wilshere, not Liam Brady, but he is our ‘little Brady’, our Bradinho. 5