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.

Wenger did not say as much but I assume that he will also rest the number one keeper Petr Cech and start David Ospina or even Martinez. The other big news is that our big French forward Olivier Giroud will feature, although it is not clear if he will start or come off the bench, with another summer signing Lucas Perez also in line to play.

The Frenchman revealed, “Cazorla will not be available, but it looked after the game that apart from some tired legs and disappointed minds, we had nothing else to declare.

“I think Olivier will be included, but for Aaron it is too early although he is back in full training now.

“It will be a similar squad to against Nottingham Forest. We will have Gabriel, Holding, Jenkinson will be back and will play. Jeff Reine-Adelaide will play, otherwise I think Iwobi, Lucas, Oxlade-Chamberlain will also play. Gibbs – who captained the team at Forest – will do it again on Tuesday.”

What do you Gooners think of the Arsenal team set to face Reading tomorrow?

Arsenal to SEAL DEAL for brilliant Spanish star

Having really burst on to the scene this season and been rewarded with great praise from the football media, Arsenal have decided that he really is the real deal and are ready to complete a deal to keep our young Spanish right back Hector Bellerin a new long term contract, according to a report in The Mirror.

It might not have happened either, after Arsene Wenger signed the France international Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle in the summer to replace the Man City bound Bacary Sagna, who probably wonders whether he should have stayed. The boss also let Carl Jenkinson go on loan and if he hadn’t, then it might be him rather than Bellerin getting a new deal.

But the former Barcelona academy star has really grabbed his chance and proved himself a great asset. He deserves his new contract, no doubt about it, and with all the talent and pace at his disposal, the 19-year old could be set to enjoy and long and stellar career as a Gunner.

It also makes you wonder how well our other promising academy players would perform if they got the sort of regular game time that the Spaniard has been given. You never really know how well these starlets will make the transition but fair play to Bellerin, because he came through some difficult games and showed courage and determination as well as talent to really prove himself.

Why Arsenal MUST let this defender leave

Following the rapid progress of Hector Bellerin at Arsenal, there is a lot of speculation in regards to the future of Carl Jenkinson, who was loaned out to West Ham United as a result of Arsenal’s capture of Mathieu Debuchy and Callum Chambers. As a result of the Jenkinson’s promising start to life at Upton Park, several media reports suggest that the Hammers’ boss Sam Allardyce has been in contact with Arsenal in regards to make the loan deal a permanent transfer.

According to The Daily Star, Arsenal have slapped an £8 million price tag on the English international. Although Allardyce is not keen on meeting the Gunners’ asking price, it is understood that a deal is likely to be negotiated as Arsenal want to let him go while West Ham are keen to keep him in East London. Despite the Englishman’s fine start to the season, it is difficult to see him make it in Arsene Wenger’s side, with Debuchy, Chambers and even Bellerin now ahead of him in the pecking order at right-back.

In my opinion, he should be let go. It will be difficult to see a boyhood Gooner be let go by the club but honestly, Carl isn’t quite up to the mark to make it at the Emirates and with the abundance of talent that the Gunners’ have in the right-back position, he probably isn’t going to get any chances anyway. In Debuchy, we have a very solid first choice and Bellerin is definitely our future first-choice right-back. Apart from Chambers, there are also a couple of players in the squad who can fill in at the right side side of defence should there be an emergency.

In addition, the deal will also motivate Bellerin to further continue his rapid progress in the Arsenal first-team. If Carl is let go, it will certainly be a reiteration of Wenger’s faith in the young La Masia graduate. With all these points to consider, I think an agreement has to be reached with West Ham in regards to the permanent transfer of Jenko to the Boleyn Ground.

Arsenal new and old to fight for England place! Who will win?

With more injuries than the annual over-90s breakdancing competition, Arsenal fans will be nervously hoping that the upcoming international break does not end up with any more Gunners out of action, but there is nothing that Arsene Wenger can do, except hope that the players who do go manage to play well and come back in rude health.

The England under 21 squad has just been announced by Gareth Southgate and it has thrown up an interesting little situation for Arsenal fans, as our new versatile young defender Calum Chambers has been selected for the first time, despite already having played for the senior England squad.

But it is not the so-called demotion that is news, because Roy Hodgson gave Southgate his permission to pick his strongest players in order to get through a two legged play-off with Croatia to qualify for the European championships next summer.

What interests me is that our on loan Gunner Carl Jenkinson has also been named by Southgate, so assuming Chambers is chosen as a right back, it will be interesting to see which one of them, if either, gets the nod for the starting line-up next week. Jenkinson is Arsenal through and through and wants to use this loan spell at West Ham to get his Gunners career back on track, so will be desperate to show what he can do on the international stage, especially if he can outshine young Chambers.

Which of the two will come out of this the better?

Have Liverpool REALLY beat Arsenal to Madrid player?

It was not very long ago at all that Arsenal fans could really stick it to our Premier League rivals on the red side of Liverpool. It was funny to hear the fans and former players from Anfield moaning about why the brilliant Chile international Alexis Sanchez snubbed them and decided he wanted to join Arsenal from La Liga giants Barcelona.

But now the shoe could be on the other foot, according to a Sky Sports report. Because Liverpool are apparently on the verge of completing a season long loan deal for Javi Manquillo, the 20-year old right back from the Spanish champions Atletico Madrid. It had previously been reported in various Arsenal transfer rumours that Arsene Wenger was keen on bringing the promising young Spaniard to the Emirates, so how have the Gunners lost out on this transfer?

Maybe Manquillo just preferred a move to Liverpool, but I think there are two scenarios that are more likely. Firstly, the Arsenal boss said the other day that he expects Carl Jenkinson to step up another level this season and challenge our new France international Mathieu Debuchy for a starting place, which suggests to me that Wenger may have gone off the Manquillo loan deal.

Another possibility is that Manquillo decided that his chances of playing would be better at Liverpool, and given the woeful performances of their England international Glen Johnson at the World Cup finals in Brazil, it would be hard to disagree with him. Why do you think Manquillo is going to Liverpool instead of Arsenal?

Wenger reveals why Debuchy is perfect for Arsenal

After making the Arsenal fans wait for well over a week, when the deal was reported to be done and the French right back had already seemed to let slip that he was heading to north London, Arsene Wenger was yesterday finally able to announce that Mathieu Debuchy had signed a long term contract with Arsenal Football Club.

Debuchy is coming in as a direct replacement for our long serving right back, Bacary Sagna, and the two are already very close competitiors for the starting role in the France national side. And it seems to be the fact that Debuchy has very similar attributes in defending, getting forward to help with the attacks, as well as top class experience, that has convinced the Arsenal boss that he is our man.

In the Arsenal.com report where Wenger talks about his new player, it comes across to me that the manager is keen for there to be as smooth a transition as possible. With Debuchy about to celebrate his 29th birthday before the new season starts, many thought that Sagna’s replacement might be a younger player, like Serge Aurier or Seamus Coleman, but the fact that the Frenchman will hopefully provide the club with a seamless transition seems to have been the key to this transfer.

Wenger said, “They are competitors in the French national team. The obvious replacement for Sagna was Debuchy and he’s a player who has experience, he’s played in the Premier League and he will also be in competition with Jenkinson, who I expect to move forward as well. There’s an interesting fight there but of course he has experience and he’s a guy who will bring something to the team with the departure of Sagna. We needed to sign somebody and I think Debuchy is the perfect signing.

“He knows what to expect and that’s of course a huge advantage. I would like to thank Sagna for his contribution to this club. He had strong mental qualities and we wish him well. But Debuchy is also mentally strong and dedicated, with a big passion like Jenkinson so I think at right back now we are in a strong position.

“I think he’s very good going forward, he’s very quick in transition. He’s sharp in his marking, good with interceptions and quick to go from defence to attack. You feel he always has the desire to go forward. I believe he will be perfectly suited to our style in that aspect.”

It also appears clear that Wenger expects our young English right back to push on this season and challenge for a more regular place in the starting line-up. Jenkinson will have an early chance to state his case, with Debuchy joining up later because of his World Cup duties. Crack on Carl, and Welcome to Arsenal Mathieu Debuchy!

TWO Gunners heading to Newcastle as Debuchy joins Arsenal?

With all their French players, Newcastle United have been likened to Arsenal in recent years, while their manager Alan Pardew is second only to Arsene Wenger in the table of longest serving managers in the Premier League. Perhaps that is why the Prof sees the north-east club as the ideal place for young Gunners to go on loan to.

Or at least, that is what it looks like, with the media reporting that two of the young players from Arsenal could be playing under Pardew in the season to come. It now looks certain that Arsenal will complete the signing of their French right back Mathieu Debuchy this week, with the player himself confirming the move, so it sort of makes sense that our English right back Carl Jenkinson could be heading in the opposite direction, according to a Daily Mail report.

Although Arsenal will still need a back-up for Debuchy, there is the young Spaniard Hector Bellerin who is ready to step up from the academy, while 23-year old Jenkinson needs to be playing all the time for us to see whether he really can make the grade at Arsenal, so a loan deal to a Premier League club seems ideal.

The other one I am not so sure about. According to the Newcastle Chronicle, our young Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell could also be heading to Newcastle on loan. I really thought he had at least earned the chance to show Arsenal fans what he could do in the red and white, but maybe a spell at another BPL club, with less pressure on him, might be for the best. What do you think, Arsenal fans?

Arsenal ready to beat off late PSG interest to seal Debuchy transfer

Now that the France national team has been knocked out of the World Cup, Arsenal fans are hoping that at least one of their players will soon be on their way to the Emirates, as the Gunners have been linked with Karim Benzema, Loic Remy and the two Mathieu’s; Valbuena and Debuchy.

From the latest transfer rumours, it looks like the 28-year old right back is the most likely. The fact that he has edged our former defender, Bacary Sagna, out of the France starting line-up should tell you all you need to know about the quality of Debuchy, so it is no surprise that he is looking to move up from Newcastle and the fact that Arsenal have our usual Champions League place means we have seen off interest from Tottenham.

But, according to The Daily Star, the French clubs PSG and Monaco have shown some late interest in the Frenchman. However, Wenger is apparently confident that he will get his man and some media sources have reported that the move is already agreed with a transfer fee of around £10-12 million being talked about.

Hopefully we will hear some good and concrete news on this quality signing in the next few days, but one man who will not be as happy as the rest of us Arsenal fans is Carl Jenkinson. The Gunners need a back up, of course, but the young Englishman needs to play more often to progress his career. It could be decision time for him soon…

Sagna scares Arsenal fans with exit talk!!

Arsenal have seen many players from their successful squad from the previous decade move on from the club, with Robin Van Persie being the last man that was a winner in the Arsenal squad. Such players like Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky and Bacary Sagna have all been with the club for quite some time now, however none of them have been successful with Arsenal as of yet and it’s a great shame considering their dedication to the club, especially the latter two who are coming towards the end of their respective careers.

And it’s the latter man, Bacary Sagna that is the focal point here because in light of Arsenal’s promising season, the Frenchman has dropped a bombshell that he could leave the Gunners soon. Whether it would be in January or come the end of the season I think it would be a great shame to see such a fantastic player leave, one who has been consistent and dedicated to Arsenal for many many years, joining the club back in 2007. Sagna was speaking on French television show ‘Club du Dimanche’ on beIN Sport, admitting he could leave North London.

He said, “I’m still talking with Arsenal about a contract extension. I feel good here, I like everyone in Arsenal and I hope that something good will come out from our talks. If I can sign a contract as a free agent from January for another team? It’s an option for me. I have positive feelings in Arsenal, I love this club and I still hope to win a major trophy here. But, that’s true, Arsenal lost a lot of good players, almost a whole competitive team since 2007 and Arsenal could have been better with all these players.”

From his quotes it seems that he is still very much committed to Arsenal and this campaign, however it’s also clear that consideration towards leaving the club is beginning to creep into the Frenchman’s mind. As already stated I think it would be a massive loss to the club if Sagna was to leave, especially on a free transfer and so that why along with Rosicky, it’s vital the club begins serious contractual talks with the pair as soon as possible. Both hold experience and quality and in Sagna’s case, with Jenkinson still not quite up to scratch, we need the right back more than ever.

Arsenal injury latest for Everton clash – Sagna, Flamini and Podolski

As Arsenal look forward to the first tough test of December, with many more to come, The Gunners will line up against fellow top 4 contenders Everton at the Emirates this Sunday. In the day’s late kick off Arsenal will battle with Everton for the win, with both clubs drastically needing all three points for different respective reasons. Arsenal have the chance to maintain or extend their lead on top of the Premier League whilst the Merseyside club will be looking to close the gap on the Gunners, who have extended a fair way.

Ahead of the game, the latest injury news has been released by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Le Prof has been both positive and negative in regards to injuries. Firstly the negatives in that Bacary Sagna is likely not to be back until Manchester City, a game that takes place not this weekend but the next. This means he will miss out on two crucial clashes against Everton and Napoli respectively however we do have Carl Jenkinson to fill in for the time being. Jenkinson may not be the best defender but let’s remember that he is still young and inexperienced, and although that isn’t what you particularly need or want when you’re trying to win the league, we should be nothing but supportive towards the youngster who I feel did quite well against Hull in midweek.

The next downfall is the news that Mathieu Flamini has a small groin niggle which could potentially force him to be ruled out of contention for Sunday’s game. It would be a great shame to see the Frenchman miss out because he has been a main focal point for the team this season as well as one of the reasons for our determined hopes for success. Like Sagna however Flamini too has a replacement who can fill in for him and this time its Spanish midfield maestro Mikel Arteta.

Arteta is more than likely to get the chance to once again play against his former side, and he won’t be able to feel any feelings for his old side when we desperately need to take all three points away from the Evertonian’s. On the bright side, Lukas Podolski could return as early as Manchester City, whilst Napoli is perhaps a little too early. But the German international striker is returning to full fitness and I’m sure it wont be long until he is once again in and around the starting XI. Furthermore with Walcott recently returning and AOC also not too far away things on the injury front are starting to improve even if the two Frenchmen mentioned have fallen short of the tough Christmas fixtures.