As reported in the Independent, Arsenal forward Lucas Perez is out of action for six to eight weeks with an ankle injury, picking up the knock in Tuesday’s EFL Cup victory over Reading, and is unlikely to return until 2017. Manager Arsene Wenger was furious about the manner of the injury as it came from what he described as a “deliberate kick” by Reading’s Danzell Gravenberch.
Arsenal have the chance to move temporarily top of the Premier League, as the Gunners face struggling Sunderland on Saturday lunchtime.
Sunderland are enduring a nightmare campaign in the top-flight this season. The Black Cats have claimed just two points in the top-flight this season, suffering seven defeats and failing to win any of their games in the Premier League. The Black Cats have lost five of their last six games in the top-flight.
Every season Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger uses the EFL Cup blood youngsters and give fringe players a chance to get some valuable minutes under their belt. In recent seasons the side from north London have struggled to be competitive in the competition.
However, this season the Gunners have looked relatively assured in their two EFL Cup games. Some of the young players have not looked out of place against experienced players, albeit it players from a lower league than the top-flight.
Youngsters impress for the Gunners
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has tipped midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide to make his Premier League debut following an impressive performance for the Gunners against Reading in Tuesday’s EFL Cup last-16 win. The French U19 international played 66 minutes at the Emirates Stadium and showered in praise by his manager for a mature showing.
“My belief is that Jeff is ready to play because he has it all in his locker – the strength, the physical power, the technical level. He has to add efficiency to his game – that will come with games as well – but he will have an opportunity to show that I am right about him. And part of a career is to grab your opportunity when you get it. So for Jeff, tonight could be an important night, but I am confident he will do well,” said Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored twice as the Gunners booked their place in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup with a 2-0 win over Reading on Tuesday night, and manager Arsene Wenger believes the Englishman is reaping the rewards of hard work on the training field.
Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his fourth and fifth goal of the season against Reading, and has already matched his tally for the last two campaigns combined. For a player always in and around the penalty area, questions were asked of the former Southampton man why he didn’t score as many goals, but the 23-year-old has responded in brilliant fashion.
Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson made his first appearance for the Gunners in almost 900 days, returning from a 10-month injury layout to play a full 90 minutes in Tuesday’s 2-0 win against Reading in the EFL Cup. The England fullback hadn’t played for Arsenal since May 11 2014, but proved his worth with a solid performance against the Royals.
The 24-year-old was loaned out to West Ham United for two seasons before he suffered a long-term injury, and the last 10 months has been a battle to regain his fitness and match sharpness. Jenkinson was being groomed for a starting place at right-back a number of years ago, but has since seen the likes of Hector Bellerin, Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy move ahead of him in the pecking order.
Arsenal recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory over Reading in the fourth round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain grabbed a brace.
The first attempt on goal arrived on six minutes. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jeff Reine-Adelaide combined well to find full-back Carl Jenkinson in the area. The former-West Ham loanee saw his powerful effort saved by Ali Al Habsi, only for the full-back to head the rebound over the bar.
Two minutes later Oxlade-Chamberlain produced an effort that flashed across the face of the goalmouth, with Lucas Perez unable to get on the end of the ball. The next chance of the game also came to the home side on 20 minutes.
In-form Premier League giants Arsenal welcome an out-of-form Reading outfit to the Emirates Stadium tonight in the last-16 of the EFL Cup, and are expected to come out on top against their Championship opponents given the contrasting results between the two sides in recent weeks, coupled with Arsenal’s one-sided head-to-head record.
Arsenal have been in fantastic form ahead of this evening’s cup clash, boasting seven win from their last eight games in all competitions. The Gunners thrashed a Championship side in Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in the third round to make it this far in the competition, and should have no problems given their outstanding form against the Royals.
Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs is set to lead the side out as captain when the Gunners welcome the visit of Reading in the last-16 of the EFL Cup. Manager Arsene Wenger revealed in a pre-match press conference that the English left-back will be given the armband like he was in the EFL Cup third round win over Nottingham Forest.
Wenger will ring the changes from Saturday’s goalless draw with Middlesbrough and Gibbs is set to replace Nacho Monreal at left-back, among a host of other replacements in the squad. “Gibbs – who captained the team at Forest – will do it again on Tuesday,” said the Arsenal manager this week. Gibbs has been on the periphery for some time at Arsenal but was given his first Champions League start in a year against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad a week ago.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed striker Lucas Perez will get game time in tonight’s EFL Cup last-16 clash against Reading. The Spanish centre-forward has been on the periphery since his arrival from Deportivo La Coruna but could be in line to feature against the Royals to help fire Arsenal into the quarter-finals of the competitions.
Wenger likes to rotate his squad in the cups competitions to ensure his star players are well-rested, while giving valuable minutes to the fringe players who haven’t played as much. As a result, it’s highly unlikely Alexis Sanchez will lead the line this evening, meaning Lucas Perez has a chance of getting a rare start. Lucas Perez is 10/11 to score anytime against Reading in tonight’s EFL Cup last-16 clash and he’ll be desperate to prove his worth.