Of the many Arsenal players that were given a chance to shine by Arsene Wenger in the Gunners’ fourth round EFL cup clash with Reading this week, quite a few did themselves and their chances of playing more often the power of good, including Lucas Perez, Carl Jenkinson and Rob Holding, but surely the biggest winner on the night was the scorer of both goals Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is sure to get the Man of the Match award on Arsenal.com.
Arsenal may be one of the most successful clubs ever to play in England, with only Manchester United and Liverpool having won more league titles and nobody ever winning more FA cup trophies than us, but Arsenal fans are all too well aware that it has been a long time between drinks in the Premier League.
Arsenal fans will be hoping that this latest injury blow is not the start of the club’s seemingly constant problems on that front, which has seen the Gunners hit by crisis after crisis that I, for one, believe has cost us at least one Premier League title.
So I have just seen one of the most recent bits of Arsenal transfer news regarding what Arsene Wengher did or was trying to do during the summer transfer window, although I think the word news could and should be replaced with the word rumour or even by the two words wild rumour, because I have serious doubts about the veracity of this one.
Arsenal moved into the quarter finals of the EFL cup on Tuesday, but are they serious about trying to win it?
The Gunners beat Reading 2-0 this week to seal a place in the last eight, and following last night’s draw for the following round, we will now get to face Southampton for a place in the semi-final of the tournament.
The question of whether Carl Jenkinson will get back into the Arsenal team as a regular starter is one that has already been hotly debated this season. Despite the majority recognising that there’s currently a slim chance of such a thing happening, especially when Hector Bellerin is ever present at the club, it doesn’t stop Jenkinson himself from believing he can put the Spaniard to the test.
Arsenal may have dropped a couple of points to their local rivals Middlesborough in our last Premier League outing, but the last thing that Sunderland and David Moyes need this weekend is a visit from the Gunners, especially after they were knocked out of the EFL cup last night to pile on the misery and the pressure on their new manager.
Thierry Henry has claimed that Mesut Ozil has Alexis Sanchez to thank for his Arsenal goals this season.
The German international celebrated his first ever competitive hat-trick last week, in the 6-0 demolition of Ludogorets, which brought his tally for the term up to six in all competitions at this early point in the season, two under his tally of the previous year.