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Jenkinson set for first Arsenal appearance after two years 0

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Nemanja Lazarevic

English defender Carl Jenkinson will make his first appearance for the Arsenal senior team since May 2014, when he scored in a 2-0 Premier League triumph over Norwich.

The talented full-back has since spent two years on loan at West Ham, making 52 league appearances and scoring 2 goals, before a serious knee ligament injury ended his spell with the Hammers.

Jenkinson has since made full recovery and is finally in line to put on an Arsenal shirt in a competitive fixture as Arsene Wenger moved to confirm the defender will feature in the EFL Cup clash with Reading.

Giroud to pip Perez for a starting place up front against Reading? 0

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Mirror, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud could start against Reading in the EFL Cup on Tuesday. It flies in the face of some claims that summer-signing Lucas Perez would finally lead the line for the Londoners but manager Arsene Wenger is perhaps readying the French international with a view to introduce him from the bench in the Premier League in the coming weeks.

Saturday’s goalless draw against Middlesbrough showed how the Gunners needed a Plan B in their approach, but Perez won’t be happy with the omission. The former Deportivo La Coruna attacker has been patiently waiting for an opportunity, and Perez himself has recently admitted he expected more of a starring role with Arsenal.

Arsenal targeting another Brazilian defender? 0

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to journalist Marcos Eduardo on Twitter, Arsenal are targeting Palmeiras defender Vitor Hugo, in a deal worth around £7M.

The Gunners are alleged to be bolstering their backline with the likes of Per Mertesacker potentially leaving in the summer, while Laurent Koscielny isn’t getting any younger at age 31.

Past meetings between Arsenal and Reading 0

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal and Reading lock horns at the Emirates Stadium in the Capital One Cup last-16 on Tuesday night, and the one-sided head-to-head record suggests the Gunners should comfortably dispatch of the Royals this week. The two sides have met nine times post-millennium but there’s only been one winner on each occasion.

Arsenal and Reading’s last meeting was in the semi-final of the FA Cup on Saturday, April 18, which saw Arsenal win 2-1aet. The Gunners went on to win the FA Cup that season and last year’s meeting with Reading sealed their ninth win from their last nine head-to-heads. The last time the two sides locked horns in the Capital One Cup resulted in a 12-goal thriller in the last-16.

Arsenal v Reading EFL Cup Preview 0

Posted on October 24, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal host Reading at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night in the fourth round of the EFL Cup, with the home side looking to get back to winning ways following a draw last time out.

The Gunners seven-game winning run came to an end last time out, as the Gunners drew 0-0 with Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium. There were positives to take from the game, though, as the side from north London have now kept clean sheets in six of their last seven games in all competitions.

Who will start in the Capital One Cup against Reading? 1

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal lock horns with Championship club Reading in the last-16 of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, in a game that manager Arsene Wenger will use to play fringe players. With the Gunners’ starting lineup looking identical in the Premier League most weeks, there are a host of squad players in need of game time to stay sharp so who will make the cut this week?

Kieran Gibbs recently played in Arsenal’s Champions League win over PFC Ludogorets Razgrad and will be in contention to feature against the Royals. Having played just 44 minutes of Premier League football. Gibbs has been on the periphery for some time but could be given the nod by Wenger in place of first-choice left-back Nacho Monreal.

Does Jack Wilshere still have a future at Arsenal? 0

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

England midfielder Jack Wilshere completed a full 90 minutes in the Premier League for the first time in two years during his season-long loan spell with Bournemouth. The Arsenal academy graduate made the switch to Dean Court to get regular playing time and build up his fitness, and is currently flourishing with the Cherries due to the opportunities given to him by manager Eddie Howe.

Danny Welbeck needs to make up for lost time at Arsenal 0

Posted on October 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently revealed striker Danny Welbeck is “ahead of schedule” in his rehabilitation from knee surgery and should return in January to play a role in the remainder of the season. The former Manchester United attacker suffered significant cartilage damage at the tail end of last season and has made just 10 starts in all competitions since April 2015.

Wenger said back in August that a Christmas return was not off the cards and he’s recently reiterated how well Welbeck has done in his recovery. The 25-year-old didn’t have a history prior to his Arsenal move in 2014, but has now suffered two long-term knee injuries with the Gunners so Wenger and the medical staff are taking extra measures to ensure there’s no setbacks.

Would Arsenal have beaten Middlesbrough with Olivier Giroud? 1

Posted on October 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Following Arsenal’s 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough, many believed the Gunners’ were lacking a physical presence in the box to steer home one of the many crosses whipped in. Striker Olivier Giroud is a player who thrives on such support but he’s been out of action for a number of weeks with a foot injury, and his absence may have proven costly given how the game turned out.

The Frenchman is expert at scoring one-touch finishes at the near post, and is an aerial threat too. Arsenal struggled to create chances and couldn’t find anyone on the end of their many crosses against Middlesbrough. Giroud has shown in the past how deadly he can be with balls coming into the box, and manager Arsene Wenger admitted Giroud’s influence would have been a boost.

Santi Cazorla could miss Capital One Cup clash 0

Posted on October 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla could miss Tuesday’s Capital One Cup clash against Reading after manager Arsene Wenger admitted he was uncertain when the Spaniard will return. Cazorla was absent for Saturday’s goalless draw with Middlesbrough but Wenger revealed the talented playmaker might not be fit to feature against the Royals.

Arsenal couldn’t break down Middlesbrough without the Spanish international at the heart of the midfield on the weekend, and when asked if the Gunners missed Cazorla in the side, Wenger replied: “Yeah, of course. You miss always, of course, Cazorla. At home he is from deep midfield into the final third, his pass is always quick and accurate. Cazorla – I don’t really know (when he will return) because we have to see how he recovers on Monday.”

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