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 Post subject: Former Arsenal players on the move...
PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 8:20 pm 
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Former Arsenal trainee handed Bohs trial
July 23, 2007
http://www.eleven-a-side.com/bohemians/ ... wsid=28593


Republic of Ireland youth international Stephen O’Donnell played 90 minutes for Bohemians in Sunday’s friendly against Wolves at Dalymount Park as he bids to earn a contract at the eircom League of Ireland club. O’Donnell started his career at Arsenal before joining Scottish Premier League side Falkirk two years ago. The Galway native, who turned 21 earlier this year, turned in an encouraging display in the centre of the Bohs midfield. Other Bohs trialists on view included former Celtic trainees Dean Richardson and Grant McCann, who played the second half of the 1-1 draw.

Steve O'Donnell came out of the same youth team as Sebastian Larsson and Kerrea Gilbert. Fabrice Muamba was regarded as a better bet and he left for Falkirk in 2005. He was released by Falkirk at the end of last season, and had a trial at Bournemouth which obviously hasn't worked out. A move to the eircom League of Ireland might suit him. The standard will be easier for him, and if he gets his confidence up, he might attract some attention to have another crack at football in England,



Saints in Omer run
Sunday Mirror - 22/07/2007
http://www.sundaymirror.co.uk/sport/foo ... -19494558/


Southampton are chasing Trabzonspor's £1.4million-rated former Arsenal and West Ham striker Omer Riza. Saints picked up on Riza, 26, through their European scouting network and, after making an enquiry, are now monitoring his early season form with a view to a firm bid. Former Gunners trainee Riza is keen to return to England, where he also spent three years with the Hammers before enjoying success at Cambridge. Trabzonspor want £1.4m for Riza but St Mary's boss George Burley would hope to pay less than £1m.

He was a fair player in Arsenal's youth side, albeit at a time when the academy wasn't producing players of first team quality. He went on loan to Den Haag for several months. I remember that Dennis Bergkamp said a few times that he'd seen Riza on Dutch TV footie, and thought he looked very promising, but the following summer he was released, and signed for West Ham. I'm slightly surprised by this story - Riza has done well out in Turkey - first for Denizlispor, and the for Trabzonspor. He was quite badly injured last season, and came back to England for treatment. Here's his website: http://www.omer-riza.info/index.html


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 Post subject: Re: Former Arsenal trainees on the move...
PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 9:37 pm 
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Omer Riza's English isn't he? I remember reading about him in the summer of 97 in the Arsenal (possibly Gunners?) magazine.

I was sure he was going to be the next big thing. I almost assumed he would be a squad player that season.

Oh well shows what I know.


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 Post subject: Re: Former Arsenal trainees on the move...
PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 10:24 pm 
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He scored a ton of goals in the South East Counties League as it was then, but things didn't go well for him in the reserves.

He is indeed born in London (no big secret, it says it on his website :) ), but he acquired Turkish citizenship while playing over there.


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 Post subject: Re: Former Arsenal trainees on the move...
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Ryan Garry has trials with Bournemouth
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/mostpo ... alists.php

... Bond, meanwhile, will weigh up more trialists this week - with the new intake headed by former Arsenal youngster Ryan Garry. The 23-year-old former Gunners central defender - who can also operate on the left flank - was at the club's Canford School training ground yesterday after his summer release from the Emirates Stadium. And Bond is hopeful that the defender will take his opportunity to earn himself a contract. Bond said: "I've met Ryan before and I really liked the way he came across - I was very impressed with his attitude. "He's got a good pedigree, but has had a few injury niggles over the last couple of seasons. But he's determined to get back playing regular football and I'm more than happy to give him that opportunity." ...

Ryan Garry signed his first Arsenal contract in 2001, aged 17, having started in the under-10s in 1993 and come up through the younger academy age groups. He was in the same age group as Steve Sidwell, Justin Hoyte and Jeremie Aliadiare. My abiding memory of Ryan Garry was one youth team match, when a pacy forward was causing problems for the Arsenal defence, and they were looking uncomfortable, as his runs became ever-more threatening. Just when another pinpoint through-ball looked to have split the defence again, Garry came across at an angle, leaping to intercept the pass. Taking the ball high on his chest, he swivelled in mid-air, and as he landed, the ball was already guided to his favoured left foot, and picking out an unmarked team mate, on the half-volley he calmly knocked a fourty-yard pass out to the wing to switch defence into attack.

It was the type of moment that everyone who enjoys going to football hopes to see - the bit of skill that gets them out of their seat. Neil Banfield, who was youth team coach at the time, could hardly contain his delight at Garry's skill and made a comment to the effect that if Garry couldn't make it as a player, there was no hope for anyone. Sadly, just a season or so later, Garry started to suffer from a condition that had an overall effect quite similar to shin splints. Small stress fractures began to appear in his fibulas, and the pain was so debilitating that he had to rest each time until the fractures healed. Even running was too painful. Various specialists came up with causes from fragile bones to muscle traction and excessive pronation (his feet rolling in when running).

Eventually, he opted for a highly radical treatment. The marrow was cored from his fibulas, and replaced with steel rods to give the bones greater rigidity. I have to say, I was surprised and unhappy about it personally. He had suffered so many injuries and undergone so much treatment already at a relatively young age, and that kind of thing puts miles on a player's body. I reasoned that given the statistically slim chance that each trainee has of making the grade, how could that chance be worth the risk of the long-term repercussions of such a drastic procedure? What condition might Garry be in at 40 or 50, what quality of life might he have?

It was his decision, and much as I wanted it to be the right one, I don't think I can recall a point since where he has had more than a few months at a time of being available to play. The last time I saw him play was in 2006, and I was struck how he remained the elegant powerful defender who graced the youth sides of the academy. There is a fantastic player in Ryan Garry (much better than Bournemouth's League One standard), but sadly, it's trapped in a body that can't live up to the demands of football. Arsene Wenger was always very positive about Ryan Garry, and I think that had it not been for his injuries, le Boss might have fast-tracked him into the first team squad. Ashley Cole had just broken through at the time, and Garry, a couple of years behind him, could have been where Clichy is now.


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 Post subject: Re: Former Arsenal trainees on the move...
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:49 pm 
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It's so unfortunate what has happened to Garry, I was thinking last season when he returned that he may be the back up for Clichy this season if he could stay fit for the rest of last season.


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very sad, I remember Garry well and thought he would surely join Cole and progress from our young side. By now he may well have been first choice centre half, or for that matter a strong contender right across the defensive line, that is how versatile he was. In the youth games I understand he operated as a centre back or right back but his debut at left back said everything about his versatility. That was a 6-1 win against Southampton where Pires and Pennant got hat-tricks each but Garry shone that day equally brightly. In a sense we have produced two top class English players from the youth side, but one unfortunately has cruelly been halted in his tracks. Perhaps Garry can still make a professional career for himself, I hope so but only if it means he is not in pain. Failing that I would love for Arsenal to give Ryan a job at Arsenal.


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 Post subject: Re: Former Arsenal trainees on the move...
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I once got the ball off Stephen O'Donnell in an indoor five-a-side match. 8-)

I think.

EDIT: Just read the post about Garry. Very sad stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: Summer Transfer Activity
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Defender Ryan Garry signs for Bournemouth

Ryan Garry has signed a five month contract for Division Two side Bournemouth. The defender who can operate at left back or centre back made his debut in the 6-1 victory over Southampton in May 2005 - the first game of the 49-game unbeaten run. He played one other game for the club and his Arsenal career was hit by injury after that. Arsenal Football Club would like to wish Ryan the best of luck in his future career.

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 Post subject: Re: Summer Transfer Activity
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Defender Ryan Garry signs for Bournemouth

... joining former Arsenal trainee Jo Kuffour, who has also signed for The Cherries this summer.


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 Post subject: Re: Former Arsenal trainees on the move...
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Ryan Smith also starts this season at Milwall (I thought he was doing alright at Derby, obviously didn't carry his for over from his Leicester loan spell).

Tommy Black is now at Southend after leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season, where he had been since leaving Arsenal in 99 or 2000 i believe.


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 Post subject: Released players
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Not sure where this goes but I'll start it here for now.

Checking on the official Arsenal website, some players seem to have disappeared from the reserves page like Lee Butcher, Ryan Garry. I got to find out Garry is off to Bournemouth but Butcher I couldn't find any information on his whereabouts. Its been updated though with Vela, Sunu, Bartley, Blackwood, all in and some players out. Maybe anyone has a list of the players who have been released over the summer, FR, ant, maybe?


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 Post subject: Re: Released players
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Giorgos Efrem went to Rangers, that much I remember. as for the others, I have no idea.


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 Post subject: Re: Released players
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Players that are missen are:

Lee Butcher - English goalkeeper came through ranks.
Carl Parisio - French defender brought in from AS Cannes.
Ryan Garry - Now signed for Bournemouth AFC.
Giorgos Efrem - Signed for Rangers apparently.
Marc Elston - One of those who joined after Wimbledon Academy disbounded, played for the reserves few times and was thought to have a lot of potential.
Joe O'Cearuill - Irish international defender, rumoured to be joining Scottish first division die, St. Mirren.
Matthew Connolly - Out on-Loan.

Others are Ahmed Abdillahi, Jack Wilshere and Cedric Evina but their cases are different. Butcher and Parisio will be the main surprises if they've been released. Maybe O'Cearuill has infact joined St. Mirren.


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 Post subject: Re: Released players
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Pretty sure Parisio was released.


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 Post subject: Re: Released players
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Dicko wrote:
Pretty sure Parisio was released.


Your source being?


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