While it may not seem like it at times, Jack Wilshere a valuable piece of the puzzle at the Emirates. The midfielder’s work rate and passion for the club are attributes that need to be admired, even if people don’t like him as a person. Because of that, the rumours surrounding his impending departure have caused a divide amongst some fans, and this latest rumour isn’t going to do much when it comes to calming those critics who want to see him stay.
Championship Birmingham City have completed season-long loan deals for Arsenal full-backs Cohen Bramall and Carl Jenkinson. The pair could both make their Blues debut against Bournemouth on Tuesday night in the League Cup against Bournemouth.
Jenkinson has fallen out-of-favour in north London in recent times. The 25-year-old had spent a season and a half on-loan at West Ham before injury curtailed his time in east London.
The full-back always seemed likely to exit the club this summer. However, a move to a Premier League club seemed more likely than a move to a second-tier outfit.
On Sunday afternoon Arsenal host midtable Burnley at the Emirates Stadium, as the Gunners look to move second in the Premier League.
Arsenal look to be heavy favourites and the bookies believe they will come out on top in this with the Gunners odds of 1/5 to record a victory. Arsene Wenger’s side will also be expected to win this clash in a comfortable manner, maybe by a few goals.
However, there will be one man that will be determined to keep the Gunners out, that’s England international goalkeeper Tom Heaton.
Heaton has been outstanding
Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson looks set to leave the club in the January transfer window, with West Ham United and Championship promotion-hopefuls Aston Villa two of the clubs linked with his signature. He could be sent out for his third loan spell with the Hammers, but could also be on his way to Swansea City if rumours are to be believed.
The 24-year-old looked like he’d play a big part in the first-team after being reintroduced to the fray by manager Arsene Wenger this season, and after starting in November’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United. But a poor showing at Old Trafford has seen Jenkinson out of the side and bottom of the pecking order, and it appears Arsenal will sell him next month.
Arsenal will face Reading at the Emirates Stadium in the fourth round of the EFL Cup, in a repeat of the 2011/12 League Cup fourth round draw that saw the two sides pitted against each other. Arsenal will book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition with a win over the Royals on Tuesday, October 25, and will be full of confidence given their domestic form.
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Former-Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has joined Championship Nottingham Forest on a free transfer. The 28-year-old had been released by Wolfsburg last season after struggling to find his feet in the Bundesliga.
Hasn’t fulfilled his potential
At just 28-years-old Nicklas Bendtner has somehow found himself playing in the second tier of football. His spell at Wolfsburg yielded just three goals in two seasons and he has hardly been prolific elsewhere in loan spells.
At the start of his Arsenal career, he seemed to have so much potential, but his attitude seemed to negate any actual football talent he supposedly held. The Dane seems like the kind of guy that could cause trouble in an empty room.
Arsenal has included out-of-favour trio Carl Jenkinson, Mathieu Debuchy and Yaya Sanogo in their 25-man Premier League squad for this season. All three spent loan spells elsewhere last season and none of the trio look to be in Arsene Wenger’s plans for this season.
Not terrible full-back options
With Calum Chambers moving to Middlesbrough on loan late in the transfer window Arsene Wenger obviously believed that he needed cover for first choice right-back Hector Bellerin.
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal has had a bid of around £2million accepted by Bolton for young defender Rob Holding. The story is believed to have originated from the Press Association.
The 20-year-old played 30 games for Wanderers and won Player of the Year last season, as the Trotters were relegated from the Championship into League One. The youngster is believed to have travelled to London earlier today to have a medical with the youngsters.
This this typical Wenger
Newcastle and France central midfielder Moussa Sissoko has recently talked about his wish to join Arsenal this summer. The Magpies were relegated last season following a close shave with demotion to the Championship in the previous campaign.
However, the question would be would he really add anything to the Arsenal squad?
Blows hot and cold
Sissoko is one of those players that blow hot and cold. He can be fantastic one game and woeful the next. Last season he produced seven assists and scored one goal, as the north east side were relegated.
Arsenal midfielder Isaac Hayden recently returned to the Emirates Stadium after a successful loan spell with Hull City, and will seeking talks over his first-team chances with his parent club in 2016/17. The 21-year-old made 18 appearances in the Championship for the Tigers as they sealed promotion back to the Premier League, and was given a glowing endorsement by his City manager Steve Bruce upon his exit.
Hayden is now of the age where he needs regular game time to continue his development, but with only 12 months left on his Arsenal contract, his future may lie elsewhere. Hull City have been very keen to sign him on a permanent deal, and if he doesn’t get assurances from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, Hayden could well take the Tigers up on their interest.