Category Archives: Arsenal Reserves

John Toral is playing for his Arsenal future

The young Spaniard Jon Toral arrived from Barcelona along with Hector Bellerin back in 2011, and if anything Toral was touted as thec most promising of the two. But Bellerin has now been promoted to the Arsenal frst team, while Toral is also playing first-team football, but with our lowly London neighbours Brentford.

Toral has been plagued with knee injuries, incurring four operations, in his time with the Gunners, but now feels good and is impressing his new bosses across London. His current contract with Arsenal is up for renewal at the end of this season, and Toral is keen to stay fit and impress Arsene Wenger with his form to earn an extension in the summer.

Should Arsenal start with Akpom against Middlesbrough?

I first thought it was a bit strange that Arsene Wenger dropped Olivier Giroud to the bench against Leicester in midweek, and even more surprised that Alexis was moved into the centre-forward position, but Le Boss reckons hat many of his Arsenal team were suffering from fatigue after the Spurs game.

I know Wenger now has a big squad to keep happy, but surely he would have been better to have played Chuba Akpom in the centre as he is desperate to get his first goal for the Gunners. The 19 year-old was put on against Aston Villa a couple of weeks ago and I thought he looked very hungry and put himself in his great scoring positions in his short time on the pitch.

Why would Arsenal buy a striker when we already have ………?

In the last couple of weeks Arsenal have been strongly linked with moves for top strikers like Edison Cavani and Paolo Dybala, but anyone who knows Arsene Wenger is aware that his motto is “we don’t buy stars, we make them”.

Okay the purchases of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have proved to be the exception to the rule, but for out and out strikers Arsene always dreams of bringing one through the Academy that will become a world-beater. This season he has got the 19 year-old Chuba Akpom remaining with the first team squad although he has only made one substitute appearance in the Premier League plus a few minor cup games. Akpom was extremely impressive in the Youth sides last season scoring 15 times in his 23 appearances and could become a star in the future.

Bellerin happy to work hard for his place at Arsenal

The young Spaniard Hector Bellerin has already made eight starts for the Gunners his season due to our horrendous injury list, but he has made it clear that he knows other players are ahead of him in the pecking order, but he has a plan on how to get ahead of them in the future.

Bellerin said on Arsenal.com: “You know there are always players in front of and behind you, who are going to try to get your spot. The only thing you can do is learn from them.

Arsenal v Galatasary Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Arsenal vs Galatasaray Preview, Predicted Line up and score by KJ

We went into this season excited at the possibilities with the acquisition of Welbeck and Sanchez. However, I do feel a lack of excitement going into this Champions League match because of our poor form, our poor football and all of our injured players.

Thanks to our injuries, Wenger will probably revert back to the 4-2-3-1 as we have only one fully fit central midfielder at the moment and his name is Mathieu Flamini. But I’m not too worried about the result. The Turkish teams are so poor away from home in England and they don’t have the quality individually to overcome the English teams. I can’t see that being any different regardless of our problems.

Park, Bendtner and Aneke amongst Arsenal’s released players

No Arsenal fans will be surprised that Nicklas Bendtner and Park Chu Young (did he ever join?) have been released by Arsene Wenger, but some of us thought that Chuks Aneke may have been given a new contract after scoring 16 goals on loan at Crewe this season. But it looks like Wenger thinks there are too many other strikers ahead of him right now (I thought we only had one!)

Aneke is now free to join Crewe, but it seems some higher League teams are interested in him, like Fulham and Charlton. SkySports reported:

Arsene Wenger reveals that Arsenal don’t need to buy a striker this summer

Every Arsenal fan and their dogs expected Arsene Wenger to buy a new striker last summer to complement (if not replace) Olivier Giroud, and that seemed to be confirmed by the Gunners interest in Luis Suarez, but nothing came of it and we got Mesut Ozil instead to calm the fans frustration.

But the fact is that Arsenal DID buy a striker last summer by the name of Yaya Sanogo, and after his impressive display for the Gunners against Liverpool in the FA Cup win (which earned him a place against Bayern Munich), it seems that Wenger is now preparing to make him a regular first-teamer.

Coquelin running out of time to rescue Arsenal career

Is Le Coq’s time up at Arsenal? by Ash

With Frimpong’s disappearance within the Arsenal team soon turning into his exit from the Emirates, some believe that another young central defensive midfielder could also soon be following in his footsteps. Young Frenchman Francis Coquelin may not have taken the zero to hero route yet, but it could certainly be the other way round, seeing that he may never make it with the Gunners and instead choose to move on this summer.

Is Fabianski set to join Sagna out the Arsenal door?

Will Fabianksi be leaving Arsenal in the summer?

As I’m sure many of you are aware, Arsenal are currently going through the contract situations at the club at the moment and so far according to reports, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, captain (practically) without the armband Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky have all verbally agreed new deals.

However three players that currently elude the Gunners contract sealers are actual club captain Thomas Vermaelen, Bacary Sagna and Lukasz Fabianski. Vermaelen isn’t out of contract at the end of the season but the club has been rumoured to be in discussion with the defensive olayer, whist fellow defender Bacary Sagna has entered the final 5 months of his respective contract.

Can Afobe rescue Arsenal career with loan move?

Is this end for Afobe’s Arsenal career? by Ash

Whilst everyone is focusing on the potential arrival of Schalke 04 player and Germany international Julian Draxler at Arsenal, as well as other possible transfer targets, there has been some news regarding outgoing players from the Emirates, with the latest player to walk out the exit door being young England youth player Benik Afobe.

Arsenal today announced that Benik Afobe will join Sheffield Wednesday on loan for the remainder of the season. Although it doesn’t mean that one striker leaving suggests another one is coming in, it does help make some room for any possible additions, with Afobe not being anywhere near the current first team selection.

Is it end of the Arsenal road for Frimpong and Coquelin?

Arsenal Football Club are understandably proud of their youth system. It is a strong policy of the club under Arsene Wenger and has produced some exceptional players, even though we have not always been able to hold on to them. But for every Jack Wilshere, Wojciech Szczesny or Kieran Gibbs, there are many more Henri Lansbury’s, who do not quite make the Gunners grade.

Pick your starting XI for Arsenal v Coventry cup clash

Arsene Wenger and Arsenal got a painful lesson last season in the FA cup, losing to lower league opposition for the first time in well over a decade. That defeat by Blackburn Rovers is still fresh on the manager’s mind and he will be keen to avoid a repeat of that tonight when League One Coventry come to the Emirates.

Having said that, being top of the Premier League table at this stage of the season makes that competition a clear priority. Wenger will probably want to rest a few key players ahead of the Southampton game and the tough fixture schedule on the horizon, so just how far will he go with his team selection.