Arsenal team news with Gibbs captain and Giroud IN against Reading

Arsene Wenger must be feeling pretty confident that his Arsenal team will bounce back from the Premier League draw with Middlesborough to beat Reading in the EFL cup tomorrow. Not only is Le Prof going with a much changed side at the Emirates, he has revealed a lot of the changes that will be made in an Arsenal.com report.

The Gunners boss is going to completely change the back four, with the summer signing Rob Holding to partner Gabriel in the middle and with Carl Jenkinson set for the first game since his long spell out with injury. Kieran Gibbs will be the other full back and just like in the last round of the cup away to Nottingham Forest, the England international defender will captain Arsenal.

Arsenal team for Southampton a BIG risk from Wenger?

While most Arsenal fans have been looking forward to seeing the two late transfer signings in action after the international break, I am not so sure that too many of us would have started with both MUstafi and Lucas Perez against Southampton today.

Mustafi is not such a surprise but to see the Spaniard start in the centre forward position with Olivier Giroud as well as Alexis Sanchez on the bench seems to be a bit of a risk. There is no Granit Xhaka either, and the manager hinted before the game that energy levels after international duty may have been the reason behind his surprise team selection.

NO Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal face 4 games in 10 days

Even though Arsene Wenger has declared himself happy with what Arsenal were able to do in the summer transfer market this year, spending more than ever to bring in Lucas Perez, Mustafi, Holding, Xhaka and Asuno to strengthen the squad in key areas, the international break did not come at a very good time for us.

The boss told Arsenal Player that it would have been nice if the Gunners were able to carry on where we left off with the fluency and penetration we saw away to Watford but he does believe that our squad now has the quality and quantity that we need to fight on the four fronts of the Premier League, Champions League, FA cup and the EFL cup.

BOTH new Arsenal transfers set for debut against Southampton?

With Arsenal suffering our usual rotten luck with injury problems already at this early stage of the season, especially in the defensive areas where Arsene Wenger has been without Gabriel and Per Mertesacker since before the new Premier League campaign even kicked off, it was always likely that the new centre back Shkodran Mustafi would make his debut for Arsenal against Southampton.

It was far less clear whether the other late addition from the transfer market would play, especially with Olivier Giroud having proved his fitness and scored a goal for France over the international break, but I think that Lucas Perez could well feature against the Saints tomorrow.

Brilliant Brazil star urges Arsenal to make transfer bid

If Arsenal do complete the signing of this Brazil international during the January transfer window, it could spell bad news for the current Gunners Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Campbell, as Lucas Moura would then be in direct competition with the pair for a place in the starting line-up.

And I would expect the dynamic and talented player from the French champions PSG to have the edge over his rivals. There have been Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with the 23-year old before but they seem to be gathering pace with the news coming out of France that Moura is not entirely happy in Paris and with his importance in the plans of Laurent Blanc.

Brilliant Brazilian to say yes to Arsenal transfer?

This particular Arsenal transfer rumour may not be right at the top of Arsene Wenger’s list of priority targets for the January transfer window, but the PSG and Brazil international star Lucas Moura is a top quality player and he would certainly be a great signing for the Gunners.

According to a Metro report, a move could really be on the cards in the winter transfer window. THe report claims that the French champions are willing to let the Brazilian go and the transfer fee of just over £20 million being talked about sounds like quite a bargain to me for a player of Moura’s quality.