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Afobe, Jonkers and academy offer Arsenal fantastic future!!

Ever since taking over as manager of Arsenal 18 years ago, Arsene Wenger has made the development of young players at the club one of his main priorities. And it has paid off a number of times with players like Fabregas and Wilshere, while it has also given the Gunners and Wenger a great reputation.

Now the man in charge of the academy system is the Dutchman Andries Jonker, who worked under the Man United manager Louis van Gaal at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. He was brought in after Liam Brady decided to retire and Jonkers is charged with bringing out youth development in line with other countries in Europe like Holland and Spain, where they are years ahead of England. He is rated as one of the best in the world and so we can look forward to great things from him.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Southampton

As expected, it is a much changed Arsenal starting line-up that Arsene Wenger has picked for the third round visit of Southampton in the Capital One Cup. The big news, though, and something that should put a smile on all of our faces, is the return of Abou Diaby, as the most unlucky Frenchman in football makes his first senior start in 19 months.

It is a decent looking side as well, reflecting the fact that Wenger now has a much stronger looking Arsenal squad to choose from. Joel Campbell, Alexis Sanchez and Lukas Podolski is certainly not too shabby looking a front line, while Rosicky and Wilshere alongside Diaby is a fairly strong looking midfield as well. It is the defence that looks a bit inexperienced and could be a weak link tonight.

Arsenal v Southampton Preview, Line-Up and Score Prediction

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

I’m normally pretty excited about the League cup as it gives us an opportunity to play some of the younger players and we usually play well. But with our lack of defenders, I’m deeply concerned with Wenger playing the likes of Chambers only for him to get injured.

Southampton will be coming into this game as favourites on Betfair with the defence I’m hoping Wenger puts out. We can’t afford to risk our players for the League cup and that is completely Wenger’s fault for not bringing in enough defenders. But what’s done is done and we will need to cope.

BANG! Arsenal’s worst fears come true with Debuchy injury!

The injury curse that seems to have been hanging over the Emirates stadium and the Arsenal team in recent years goes on. After already losing our main striker Olivier Giroud to a bizarre tibia injury for three months, we now face about the same amount of time without our first choice right back.

Arsene Wenger has revealed in an Arsenal.com report that Mathieu Debuchy has already had surgery on his problem ankle that will mean the Gunners will not be able to call on the France international until around the turn of the year.

How serious should Arsenal take Southampton in League Cup?

We all know the usual drill with Arsenal in the Capital One Cup, or whatever name it had in the past, as Arsene Wenger tends to use the competition, especially in the earlier rounds, to give the young Gunners and fringe players some valuable game time and experience.

But the game tomorrow at the Emirates might be different. With Southampton coming to town, Arsenal are facing strong opposition, who have no European games to worry about and so their manager Ronald Koeman may want to keep the team that has been doing so well recently, together.

Official teams and Preview of Dortmund v Arsenal

It looks like Arsene Wenger has decided to try to get over the Arsenal defensive crisis while also taking advantage of the one being suffered by Jurgen Klopp and his Borussia Dortmund side, because he has picked a pretty attacking line-up, with the big news being that young Hector Bellerin get his first senior start in place of the injured Mathieu Debuchy.

It is not only that that points to the Gunners going for it either, because Kieran Gibbs comes in on the left and Mikel Arteta gets the nod ahead of the more defensive minded Mathieu Flamini. Wenger has also kept both Ramsey and Wilshere in the team and the under fire German record signing Mesut Ozil starts as well.

Wenger says Arsenal could have Debuchy back SOON

Obviously it will not be any use to Arsenal tonight in the Champions League away to Borussia Dortmund, or the Premier League game at Aston Villa this weekend, but Arsene Wenger is optimistic that the injury to our French right back may not be nearly as bad as first feared.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference, as reported by ESPN, the Arsenal boss revealed that the 29-year old France international is due to have a scan today on his sprained ankle, but the club is hopeful for a good result. He also played down the so-called defensive crisis that has ruled out Nacho Monreal and made young Calum Chambers a doubt as well.

Why Debuchy injury might NOT be bad news for Arsenal

Injuries and Arsenal are two words that have gone together way too often in the last few years and so are we really surprised to hear that our new right back, Mathieu Debuchy, might be out of action for as much as two months after picking up an ankle problem in the 2-2 draw with Man City yesterday?

Of course it is bad news for Arsenal, especially as the defensive side of the squad is the one that we have got the least cover for. But in a way this could turn out to be a bit of a blessing in disguise. Why? Because it will give the young Spanish defender Hector Bellerin a chance to show what he can do in the first team.

Can Arsenal REALLY cope with just SIX defenders?

I am happy and relieved that Arsene Wenger accepted that Yaya Sanogo was not enough and that Arsenal needed to sign another centre forward, especially with Olivier Giroud being out of action until around the end of the year. And I’m not going to be down on the Frenchman for signing Danny Welbeck either, it is the failure to sign a defender that I am more concerned about.

Should Arsenal let Jenkinson go to Newcastle?

There is no suggestion that this is a vital part of the deal that will see Arsenal complete the transfer of the France international right back Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United, but Alan Pardew want to see the young Gunner Carl Jenkinson move in the other direction, according to a Daily Mail report.

According to many Arsenal transfer rumours in the media, the transfer fee is already agreed with the Magpies for Debuchy and the transfer is expected to be announced official this week. It is a little odd that the 28-year old Frenchman is about to take over from the long serving Bacary Sagna at Arsenal, just as he appears to have done so in Didier Deschamp’s France team, but it is great news for us.

Arsenal MUST replace Sagna- NOT promote Bellerin

Why Arsenal Must Replace Sagna! by AT

So it has finally happened, the Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna has left the Gunners to join Premier League champions Manchester City. The deal is set to be officially confirmed before France kick off their World Cup campaign against Honduras on Monday. The 31-year-old issued an emotional goodbye to the Arsenal fans on Instagram and paid tribute to Arsene Wenger as he gets set to move to Manchester.

Is Deyan Iliev set to be Arsenal’s backup to Szczesny? And Bellerin to replace Sagna?

Everyone is getting excited about all the Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with top-class replacements for the departing Lukasz Fabianski and Bacary Sagna, but few people are thinking from Arsene Wenger’s point of view. Has everybody forgotten Wenger’s mantra of “Arsenal don’t buy stars – we make them…..”

With that in mind in may pay to consider that we have a very talented youngster already in our squad; the Macedonian U21 keeper Deyan Iliev. Wenger brought him in on deadline day in 2012 and he has been solid in the Arsenal Youth team this season, and was apparently set to be snapped up by the Belgian club Mechelen this summer, only to be listed on Arsene Wenger’s retained list for the coming season.