News and gossip from Arsenal FC in the past 24 hours.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is likely to use the League Cup fixture with Coventry City tomorrow night as a chance to experiment with young talent as he has done with great success in the past with names such as Gael Clichy and Cesc Fabregas.
Nico Yennaris, Thomas Eisfeld and Serge Gnabry could all potentially be given the nod for the fixture after all playing well during pre-season for the Gunners. Damian Martinez could get a chance in goal while fringe players such as Andrey Arshavin, Johan Djourou and Maraoune Chamakh are also reportedly in the frame to start the fixture.
Nico Yennaris’s involvement in the game seems a shoe-in after Arsene Wenger announced his progression into the first team fold was proof that ‘dreams do come true’. Nico was a mascot when Arsenal faced Coventry at Highbury 12 years ago at the age of seven and now after impressing in pre-season and on NextGen duty is expected to receive the nod to play in the fixture.
Arsenal are bracing themselves for a transfer move for Bacary Sagna from Inter Milan after the Frenchman voiced his discontent at the sale of Robin Van Persie and Alex Song this summer. The French international is into the final two years of his contract at The Emirates and if contract talks were to fail they would consider selling the two time Premier League team of the year inductee considering the form of Carl Jenkinson and the money they could make on a sale to the Nerazzurri.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been highlighting the lighter side of football practice as he took on a fan challenge at Arsenal’s training ground. The challenge in question saw him attempting to recreate Thierry Henry’s sumptuous flick and volley against Manchester United in 2000. The results were amusing in a video attached to the story as ‘The Ox’ became increasingly frustrated with the ball being played in from him by goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Despite seemingly achieving the feat, ever the perfectionist, Alex continued trying to get it just right with mixed success. The Polish keeper even had a go at the end, wellying the ball over the bar.
Arsene Wenger has received plaudits from an unexpected peer as Jose Mourinho has tipped them as dark horses for the Champions League and Premier League this season. It comes after Arsenal held Manchester City in a 1-1 draw at The Etihad in a pulsating performance that they will probably feel they deserved much more from.
Aaron Ramsey has spoken of how his experience at the Olympic Games this summer would be a moment in his life that would always stay with him. Despite the disappointment of penalty defeat to South Korea in the quarter-finals he said he was immensely proud to be able to represent his nation at the biggest event on the planet.
Emmanuel Frimpong admits that he recently suffered the most embarrassing moment of his life when his car rang out of petrol in the ‘middle of nowhere’. He tweeted a picture of the incident and Arsenal fans will hope that he can recover from his injury better then he can manage his automobile. I know petrol is going up at the pumps but surely a Premier League footballer can afford the stuff?
What are your thoughts on everything and anything happening at Arsenal FC on the 25th September 2012?
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