Arsenal fans can expect to see quite a few changes to the starting line-up of the Gunners tonight as we take on Southampton for a place in the semi-final of the EFL cup. I think we have to understand that Arsene Wenger has to make the Premier League a priority and with all the games that we have played, including a tough run in the Champions League, he needs to give some of the big players a rest.
We have just over a month until the winter transfer window opens, so we thought we’d take a look at the players which could find themselves leaving Arsenal.
When the recent north London derby clash between Arsenal and Tottenham in the Premier League was ending I did not even realise at the time that our Spanish international star Hector Bellerin had picked up an injury thanks to a rash and needless tackle by Danny Rose, which was later criticised by Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal are known for their injury crisis around this time of year, so we thought we’d bring you an update on the latest issues regarding our squad.
Theo Walcott was taken off with 15 minutes to play on Sunday, before being seen nurturing his leg, although Arsene Wenger has insisted there is nothing to worry about concerning the England international.
Arsenal beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Under-23 development league, thanks to a Mathieu Debuchy opener.
The Gunners Under-23 side have not been doing all that well so far this season, but today’s win was their second in a row, and that helped them to climb to within seven points of the top of the table.
Carl Jenkinson looks set for an extended run of first-team action for Arsenal, following the loss of Hector Bellerin.
The Spanish full-back was one of our stand-out performers of our last two seasons, even earning a place in the Premier League Team of the Year, but has just been ruled out for the next four weeks.
Even though the summer signing Granit Xhaka had probably his best game in an Arsenal shirt since his transfer from the Bundesliga, I thought that Mesut Ozil just edged him as our best player in the draw with Tottenham yesterday. The German did produce the wicked free kick that led to our goal, after all, and Xhaka blaxed a shot over the bar when a pass was the better option.
Hector Bellerin has talked up the possibility of becoming the Arsenal captain in the future, and I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting consistency with the armband.
Arsene Wenger has changed the captaincy five times since 2010, and our current choice has missed the current campaign thus far through injury.