Even though Arsene Wenger felt the need to bring off Carl Jenkinson when Arsenal were losing to Southampton in the EFL cup on Wednesday night, the manager may be forced into starting him again for the Premier League away game at West Ham today.
It might not have quite come for the young Gunner but of all the Arsenal players on the pitch in our EFL cup defeat by Southampton it was Alex Iwobi who looked the most likely and showed the most desire to actually get something good to happen for Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger has already given us some advance warning about what sort of Arsenal team we are likely to see lined up against tonight’s visitors to the Emirates stadium for the quarter-final of the EFL cup, as reported on the Arsenal website.
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.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger fielded Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as a makeshift right-back against Manchester United, and Jamie Carragher has now stated he believes he should look to that role for his future.
The Ox has struggled to hold down a regular starting berth in the Gunners side for some time now, but impressed when coming off the bench at full-back against Manchester United at the weekend.
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.
As we prepare for the Arsenal Premier League away clash with Manchester United, Arsene Wenger has been keen to play down the rivalry between him and the United boss, stating that is the players on the pitch that will be up against each other more than the men shouting orders from the dugout.
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.