Arsenal’s on loan striker Jay Simpson was unavailable for West Brom in the recent clash between the two sides but the forward gave his views on the current Arsenal team.
Goalkeepers are normally strange people but he is probably the most sensible I’ve met so far. A good character to have behind you and I always felt comfortable when he is in goal.
He is quite normal for a goalkeeper as well. When he has stepped up into the first team in the Carling Cup and FA Cup he has been excellent and pulled off some great saves.
He is funny and hardworking. He gets forward well but his biggest strength is his recovery running. In and around the building he is always making jokes and getting involved with the younger players.
He has been good with the younger players. He likes helping us and giving us advice. If you are a young player he is great to have around, because he passes on his experience.
He is a great leader in the dressing room. I thought he was going to be given the captaincy this season and even though he didn’t get it he still leads. Difficult to play against, as he has shown in the Premier League.
He is very quick and has a great ‘engine’. He gets up and down the line with no problem. He is only 23 but acts like a senior player and tries to help the youngsters.
I am surprised how well he has done at centre-back, because he started off as a central midfield player. He is a cool lad off the pitch and is normally on the ball with his fashion and music.
He is quite quiet and his English isn’t the best but it is coming along and that should help him in the future. As a player he is a great passer who can also break down play.
He is a funny lad. He is really loud although only where he feels comfortable – like in the dressing room or on the pitch. Around the hotels he is a lot quieter.
He is the funniest man in the whole team. He is loud, outgoing, really sociable and he will talk to anyone. He helps the young lads settle in when they step up to the first team and he makes them feel comfortable.
He seems a really quiet lad at Arsenal, but people from elsewhere tell me he isn’t always like that. Josh Knight, who plays for the Albion youth team and knows Aaron through Wales teams, reckons he can be loud.
He is a skilful player with great technique who can cause defenders lots of problems. His performances show how well he has settled into the Premier League and the other French players have helped him a lot.
He arrived after I left for Albion but I watched his debut on TV and he did really well, breaking forwards and getting a couple of shots off.
I know him well and when he works hard he can be a great forward. It’s been difficult for him this year, because Arsenal haven’t done so well. He is technically a good player.
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He is a technical genius. Players coming from Feyenoord and normally technically good but he is a great player in the English game as well. He has probably been Arsenal’s best forward this season.
His English has improved a lot and that should help him become more outgoing, but I enjoy working with him a lot. He is a great finisher and off the pitch he can be quiet funny.
He is a great talent who has been badly missed. He could well be the answer to the goalscoring problems when he gets full back to his best.
Source: Express and Star