The mighty AFC Bournemouth has signed right back/midfielder Nico Yennaris from Premiership table toppers Arsenal. What else do we know about him? Nothing, but the Internet does, here’s what we found.
FROM OFFICIAL ARSENAL:
Born: May 24, 1993
Squad Number:: 57
Previous Club(s): Notts County (loan)
Nico’s versatility held him in good stead last season as he enjoyed his breakthrough into Arsene Wenger’s first-team set-up. Although naturally a central midfielder, Nico’s experiences as a right back in the reserves saw him step up in that role when Arsenal’s frontline full backs were sidelined.
Nico made a solid Premier League debut against Manchester United at Emirates Stadium, after appearances in the cup competitions against Bolton and Leeds.
The England Under-19 international enjoyed a brief spell on loan with League One outfit Notts County, making two appearances.
FROM ARSENE WENGER:
“First of all you must really want it and Nico is one of these guys who has that. He is ready to give himself a chance with full commitment.
“Nico is a fantastic player, but also has an excellent attitude – his is a good example to follow for all of the fans who will turn up on Wednesday night.”
Yennaris made his competitive first team debut for Arsenal, playing at right back, on 25 October 2011 in the League Cup against Bolton. On 9 January 2012, he made his first FA Cup appearance for Arsenal, coming on for the injured Francis Coquelin at right back, as Arsenal beat Leeds United 1–0 in the Third Round.
FROM THE FA:
A tidy and compact midfield player, who can often pop up in support of the attack when required. More than comfortable with the ball at his feet, the east-Londoner is a decent passer of the ball and also adept from set-pieces if required.
Having been with Arsenal for numerous years and rising through their youth ranks, Nico first played for England when he represented the U17s in the Nordic Tournament of 2009 and played against both Norway and Scotland.
He then went on to have a productive campaign at club level with the Gunners and caught U19 Head Coach Noel Blake’s eye by breaking into the reserve team there.
Also capable of playing in defence if need be, Yennaris made his U19 debut as a substitute against Slovakia in September 2010.
FROM TWITTER (his last tweet):
I need a new soca cd anyone recommend one ?
— Nico Yennaris (@Nico_Yennaris) November 28, 2013
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW FROM JUST ARSENAL
I don’t think any side in the Premier League would be looking to take him, possibly not even the Championship and if I’m honest I think he’ll soon follow the likes of Craig Eastmond and Sanchez Watt rotating between the Arsenal reserves and League 1.
For me Yennaris just isn’t good enough to make the cut. He still has an opportunity to do so at just 20 years old, but the chance is becoming increasingly small and so like many other players that were once so promising, I think Yennaris’ time may be up at Arsenal.