Football Draws and Chambers Out on Loan?

Arsenal defender Calum Chambers started in club's 4-3 season-opening defeat by Liverpool

The transfer window will be closed in less than a week and the fans are still wondering whether the club is signing any new players. For some reason, the same guys seem to be linked with moves to the club and in Joel Campbell, the Gunners have shown that he was probably surplus to requirements, with the winger going on loan to Sporting CP.

With the vast amount of players that could feature in Campbell’s position, you can say that he may / may not be missed but with Arsenal’s ever-increasing injury list, you can never tell. Campbell was a guy that got his chance when so many first team players were out injured and many fans would feel he utilized the opportunities afforded to him.

It seems like there would be another Gunner that would be joining the long loan list but his case is quite puzzling because the team is heavily depleted in that playing position. According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal is exploring the possibility of shipping out Calum Chambers on loan. The young ex-Southampton defender has managed to make 59 appearances in three seasons with three seasons with the club and he hasn’t really reached the heights expected of him.

He struggled a bit in preseason and the writing was on the wall for Arsene Wenger to go into the transfer market to sign a new center back following the injuries to club captain, Per Mertesacker, and Gabriel Paulista, but he kept the faith with an inexperienced back line in the form of Chambers and Holding. Sadly, their naivety at the back, coupled with lack of protection from the holding midfielders and all round shitty performance cost Arsenal three good points at home, to add to the consistent torrid opening start of the new campaign.

Even though I usually don’t take such transfer news with a pinch of salt, it would make no sense whatsoever for the club to allow a center back go with no replacement in view. I have seen all that Shkodran Mustafi shit but he’s not a Gunner, so my focus will always be on the players available to us, not some super mutant player from Krypton. We will have to monitor the situation well and hope the club makes the right decision on his future.

Elsewhere, the second round of EFL Cup fixtures were concluded and the draws for the third round are out. The Gunners got a favorable tie against Nottingham Forest, and it would be interesting coming up against Henri Lansbury, one of Highbury’s favorite sons. As expected, there were some Premier League clashes with the most exciting being the Leicester vs Chelsea game.

The pots for the Champions League are out as well and as expected, the Gunners would be paired against of the European juggernauts this campaign.

Pot 1: Real Madrid (Spain), Barcelona (Spain), Leicester City (England), Bayern Munich (Germany), Juventus (Italy), Benfica (Portugal), Paris Saint-Germain (France), CSKA Moscow (Russia).

Pot 2: Atletico Madrid (Spain), Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Arsenal (England), Sevilla (Spain), Porto (Portugal), Napoli (Italy), Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)

Pot 3: Basel (Sui), Tottenham Hotspur (England), Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine), Lyon (France), PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands), Sporting Lisbon (Portugal), Club Brugge (Belgium), Borussia Monchengladbach (Ger)

Pot 4: Dinamo Zagreb (Cro), Monaco (France), Besiktas (Turkey), Legia Warsaw (Poland), Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria), FC Copenhagen (Den), Rostov (Rus)

Obviuosly, I would prefer CSKA Moscow or Benfica and to some certain degree, Paris St. Germain, but I’m not entirely confident of my club’s abilities when they pair up against Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Juventus. The first two names on the list have dealt terrible blows to Arsenal in recent times, so I will be hoping for a good draw, so I’d keep my fingers crossed.

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Leicester 0-0 Arsenal: A Fair Result in the Grand Scale of Things

Rob Holding v Leicester City

Match ReportMatch HighlightsPost-Match Press Conference

There wasn’t total meltdown following the loss to Liverpool but the fan base of the club were in anguish following a terrible display at home ot Jurgen Klopp’s side. A game against the defending champions wasn’t on to look forward to but they also suffered a shock loss in the League opener against Hull City. The injuries to Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi paved the way for Granit Xhaka and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to get into the side. There was also a shake up in defense as the new vice-captain, Laurent Koscielny, led his troops to battle, having cut short his holiday rest. Koscielny’s return to the side saw Calum Chambers resume his bench warming duties.

The game itself was fiercely contested encounter but kudos should go to Mark Clattenburg for not allowing himself to be fooled by the home side’s antics in the box. On another day, Mike Dean an official would have pointed to the spot for Koscielny’s invisible challenge on Danny Drinkwater or Hector Bellerin’s invisible touch on Ahmed Musa. You know, these things happen.

Still some players have to be mentioned for their outstanding performance on the night. Rob Holding is one of them, putting up a great shift after the torrid time he got on his debut. For a player so young, that lad is very solid, and with his performances from preseason up until this moment, Chambers deserves to spend some time on the bench. With Koscielny next to him, Holding looked very coordinated and tidy in possession. Another positive in my opinion, was the return to action of mercurial midfield maestro, Mesut Ozil and our alpha-dog in attack, Olivier Giroud. Alexis Sanchez is a great chap but he’s no center forward and these games have proved it.

Theo Walcott flattered to deceive yesterday, as he put up one of the frustrating shifts we’ve become accustomed to seeing, while I feel the Ox should have done better with his end product. The inconsistency we continue to face with our English lads. It was a game that could have gone either way, so in my honest opinion, a draw was a very fair result in the grand scale of things. Confidence isn’t as high as we would want, but at least the lads are doing what’s required of them – at least, some of them.

The clean sheet was vital at the home of the defending champions, and the Gunners can do their bit to get their first win of the campaign against Watford next weekend before the international break. Wenger waxed lyrical about Holding’s performance in his presser,

“I believe he had an outstanding performance for a young boy who has never played in the Premier League and played against top strikers today. So I can only reiterate that I am happy to speak about him because it’s good for English football that a young boy gets a chance in a big club in England and shows that he will be a quality player.”

He took a rather offensive demeanor when he was asked about transfers but it’s something we have come to terms with as fans. The club will never release its transfer secrets in public so we have to take a patient approach, even though we are aware that the transfer window closes in 10 days.

Do have a happy Sunday.

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Leicester Preview: Team News, Injury Updates and Predicted Lineups

Yesterday night saw Manchester United’s new boy, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, continue his great start into the new season, with four goals in his first three games, retaining the Red Devils status at the top of the Premier League. Today, a host of teams would face off against themselves before the day is closed by what would prove to be an exciting clash between Leicester City and Arsenal. Both teams would be eager to get their first set of Premier League points of the season.

This fixture doesn’t favor the Foxes historically, as Claudio Ranieri’s team are on a 19-match winless run against Arsenal in the Premier League (D6, L13) and lost both games last season. You have to go as far back as November 1994 for the last league victory of today’s hosts against their more illustrious opponents.

Leicester Team News

The defending champions are set to welcome Robeth Huth to the starting XI following his suspension for an altercation with Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini. Jeffery Schlupp has been heavily linked with a move to West Brom but he still remains a Leicester player at the moment. It’s going to be very interesting to see the approach Vardy takes into this game. Not long ago, Arsenal were genuinely interested in his services and activated his release clause but the player turned down the move and stayed with the club. Wenger was understandably asked about his take on how it panned out and as you’d expect, he said he respected Vardy’s decision to stay with Leicester.

Leicester Injuries / Suspensions

None

Leicester Predicted Lineup

leicester

Arsenal Team News

The boss has admitted he could thrust Laurent Koscielny into the fray with the Gunners’ lack of options at the back. As it stands, Arsene Wenger has only Calum Chambers and Rob Holding to call upon, with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista out for some time. He also confirmed the absences of Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi that suffered fresh injuries on the first game of the season. You have to feel for Iwobi that enjoyed a good preseason campaign and even created an assist for Walcott last weekend. Now he’s crocked.

Thanks to the team’s depth, the manager has a host of players in his disposal he can choose from.

Arsenal Injuries / Suspensions

Per Mertesacker, Carl Jenkinson, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere (knee), Alex Iwobi (thigh), Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud (lack of match fitness), Serge Gnabry (unavailable due to participation at the Olympic Games)

Arsenal Predicted Lineup

Arsenal 4-2-3-1 football formation

Team Form

Leicester

  • Last Five Games: W L L L L
  • Last Result: Hull 2-1 Leicester
  • Leading Goalscorer: Jamie Vardy (1)

Arsenal

  • Last Five Games: W W W W L
  • Last Result: Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool
  • Leading Goalscorer: Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Calum Chambers (1)

 

Gooner Daily predicts a 2 – 1 win for Arsenal.

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