As reported by Wales Online, Thierry Henry is being considered as a viable contender to become the next Swansea City manager. The Welsh club are in desperate need of some inspiration in one way or another, as they attempt to navigate their way out of the Championship and back up into the Premier League. Since returning to the second tier they haven’t exactly inspired the masses, with many believing that they’re much more likely to slip back down into the third tier of the English game.
It’s time for our first trip down memory lane in a while, and as much as we’d like to give this a Halloween type of theme, we can’t stretch our minds to the point where we think of anything good to say. Apologies. Still, it’s nice to look back and realise that Arsenal could still string together some great performances in the last few years of Arsene Wenger’s tenure, with their 3-0 win over Swansea City three years ago being a shining example of that.
It’s time for yet another trip down memory lane, and unfortunately, this one isn’t quite as favourable. The place was Emirates Stadium and the date was May 11th, 2015, as Arsenal did something that they rarely do late in the season – lose in the league. The defeat came against a Swansea City side who were enjoying an incredibly successful Premier League campaign, which saw them rise up to the lofty heights of 8th position as they finished just two points outside of Tottenham Hotspur in 6th.
According to the Mirror, Swansea City are considering an approach for Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson ahead of the new season, with manager Paul Clement reportedly keen on the 25-year-old. Arsenal are keen to sell given the right-back is surplus to requirements but City might only be prepared for a loan move.
Jenkinson has hardly featured for Arsenal in recent seasons, instead being loaned out to West Ham United for two campaigns and almost being sold to Crystal Palace. The English international has been sitting on his contract it seems and hasn’t been too fussed about not featuring the first-team.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson in the subject of interest from Swansea City and newly-promoted Brighton & Hove Albion. The 25-year-old has been subsidiary at the Emirates Stadium for some time and has been available for transfer for 12 months. Manager Arsene Wenger is keen to get him off the wage bill.
Jenkinson made just five appearances for the first-team in all competitions last season, amounting to 254 minutes of playing time. Crystal Palace were keen to provide him a chance at redemption, but the right-back rejected their terms. This summer could see him finally make the move away from Arsenal, however, after being stuck in football limbo for some time.
According to the Telegraph, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is a target for three Premier League clubs this summer. The English international has just 12 months on his deal with the Gunners and has yet to have been offered a contract extension.
Wilshere spent last season on loan with AFC Bournemouth, citing the decision to leave due to a lack of opportunities at Arsenal. The playmaker is in a similar predicament this summer and may be considering his offers as a result – not to mention currently recovering from a broken leg. Swansea City, Newcastle United and West Ham United are keen on his signature.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is the latest player sidelined after picking up an ankle injury in Saturday’s 4-0 win against Swansea City. The French international picked up the knock in the build up to his opening goal in the 37th minute but battled on until the hour mark before coming off and being assessed on the bench.
And after the game, manager Arsene Wenger admitted he was unsure how long Giroud would be out for. “He has an ankle problem. I don’t know how bad it is. It’s being assessed now by the doctor. I hope it’s not bad.” The 30-year-old scored his fifth goal in as many goals in all competitions but now faces a race to be fit in time for Sunday’s clash with Burnley.
Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck made his Premier League return after a long injury layout in the form of valuable minutes in Saturday’s victory over Swansea City – coming off the bench late on to build up his match fitness. The English international, who signed from Manchester United in 2014, has suffered two serious injuries for Arsenal but has been stepping up his recovery with a series of cameo appearances in recent weeks.
Arsenal picked up their third clean sheet in their last four Premier League games following Saturday’s 4-0 win over strugglers Swansea City. The Gunners have struggled to shut sides out on a regular basis this season but have been much more convincing in recent weeks which coincides with the return of Laurent Koscielny/Shkodran Mustafi at the heart of the defence.
Arsenal have kept seven clean sheets from 21 Premier League games this season, four of which came between August and October. The Gunners would go on to conceded in their following eight league games before shutting out another side, and they’re back to silencing their opposition following a third clean sheet in as many weeks.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in Saturday’s 4-0 win away to Swansea City, finishing from close range less than 10 minutes before half-time. It was his fourth goal in as many Premier League games and the French international appears to be enjoying a rich vein of form after his return to the starting lineup.
Giroud scored with his only shot at the Liberty Stadium and has forced his way back into the reckoning at Arsenal after starting the season on the periphery. The former Montpellier centre-forward was playing second-fiddle to Alexis Sanchez in attack after an early season injury and lack of match fitness, but is making up for lost time with five goals in his last five appearances in all competitions.