Arsenal 0 – Crystal Palace 3: Player Ratings

This must be the end, surely, with Arsenal fans singing “you’re not fit to wear the shirt”, I don’t think there’s any way of coming back from this, this is certainly the end for Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal.

 

Emiliano Martinez – 6
He’s really the least of our problems, we can’t be expecting world class saves from the third choice keeper. However was unlucky with the penalty and managed to go the right way, but still couldn’t save it.

 

Hector Bellerin – 6.5
Went well going forward, but looked shaky at the back. It might be time for him to spend some time on the bench, looks nowhere near like his former self.

 

Shkodran Mustafi – 7
Picked up a yellow, has started staying on his feet, but still looks shaky at the back.

 

Gabriel – 7
The better half of the two centre backs, but still hardly anything to brag about.

 

Nacho Monreal – 7
Another solid performance from Monreal! Win, lose or draw, Nacho always puts in a shift. However, he looked massively exposed at the back, due to the left forward not tracking back.

 

Mohamed Elneny – 6
After his good performance against West Ham I was hoping for more, however, that was yet to be the case, the only highlight was his shot going slightly wide.

 

Granit Xhaka – 7
His balls forward were our only threat, but then again half of them went wayward.

 

Theo Walcott  – 6.5
Captained the Gunners again, though it was a pretty poor show from him. That post-match interview he had summed up the state of the team at the minute, “They wanted it more”.

 

Mesut Ozil – 6.5
Nothing really worked for him tonight, has always looked shaky when playing away from home.

 

Alexis Sanchez – 7
Always tried to make things happen, but nothing did happen.

 

Danny Welbeck – 6
Went missing for all the time he was on, hardly even got a touch.

 

Substitutes
Olivier Giroud – 6

Aaron Ramsey – 6

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6.5

Arsenal – Crystal Palace: Match Preview

Arsenal host South London club Crystal Palace on Monday night, with the Gunners trying to make the ground up on Liverpool and Manchester City, in the hope to guarantee Champions League football next season. Arsenal currently sit in 5th place in the league, though they’ll have to catch up as they’re the last team to play this week.

 

In terms of team news, Wenger said Laurent Koscielny is set to be out for a shorter time than expected after the player went off injured with a suspect Achilles injury in the match against Manchester City. The Frenchman will be ruled out for the game against Palace but could be back for next Monday’s match.

 

Emiliano Martinez will be between the sticks for Wenger’s side as Cech and Ospina are still out injured, the Frenchman will be hoping that he’ll be able to keep another clean sheet after his impressive midweek performance.

 

The manager also had a few words to say about Alexis Sanchez, with the player making more headlines every day about a move away from the club. In the pre-match conference, the manager spoke that he believes that the Chilean is happy at the club, and thinks it’s down to his agent and club to reach a figure.

 

Hopefully, the North London club will be able to get the better of Palace, and they’ve certainly got history on their side with Arsenal only losing once in the last 15 meetings (W11 D3 L1). However, Arsenal have always struggled against Sam Allardyce teams, with the way he sets out his team, so hopefully although it’ll be a struggle we’ll be able to come out with three points.

Wenger – Jenkinson to Palace is nearly done

The Arsenal manager has said there is a strong chance that the right back will be playing his football somewhere else very soon. The Gunners are currently in negotiations with the South London club, over the fee.

 

Jenkinson has not been able to break through to the first team this season, with the player only making five starts for the club. The England international has also managed to recover from an ACL injury this season; however he’s looked a bit shaky when he’s had the chance to play.

 

There has been a number of clubs in for the right back, including: West Ham, Hull City as well as Crystal Palace.

 

This is what the Frenchman had to say about the deal:

 

“Carl…it’s a possibility that he will move yes. In the next two or three days,” Wenger told his pre-Swansea press conference.

 

On Crystal Palace specifically:

 

“It’s possible yes, I cannot tell you much more because we haven’t come to a conclusion yet.”

 

Despite Jenkinson’s potential departure, Wenger played down suggestions he could look to bring in a replacement during the transfer window.

 

“No we have still Mathieu Debuchy who is injured, we have Gabriel who plays there at the moment as well. We have Bellerin.

 

“We are not short in this position which is why we allow one of the players to go out because they have less opportunities to play.”

 

Jenkinson’s contract runs until 2018, having signed a new deal in 2015. It is believed that the Gunners are looking for a fee between £3 to £3.5m.

Arsenal defender linked to Crystal Palace

Reports have come from The Daily Mirror that Palace are looking to sign Arsenal right back Carl Jenkinson on a permanent basis.

 

Reports have claimed that the club are trying to push through the move as soon as possible, so that the player can play in their weekend Premier League game against West Ham.

 

Sam Allardyce has recently taken charge at the south London club, after Alan Pardew was let go. Allardyce brought in Carl Jenkinson when he was at West Ham in 2014, so he knows the player well.

 

Carl was strongly linked with a move to Hull City, however this is when Mike Phelan was in charge and their plans seem to have changed with Marco Silva at the helm.

 

With Mertesacker also linked to a recent loan move, it looks like those on the fringes of the squad are trying to find a short term / long term (in this case) way to find first team football.

 

It’ll probably be best for the young right back as although he’s been at Arsenal since 2011, he’s only made 38 appearances and it doesn’t look like Hector Bellerin will be shifting anytime soon.