Arsenal have decided to leave six of their first-team regulars at home in order to avoid fatigue that Arsene Wenger feels has begun to creep in to the club over the past weeks. The Gunners lost at home to Swansea at The Emirates this Saturday to confirm this season as the clubs worst ever start under Arsene Wenger. With the club already through to the next stage of the Champions League Wenger has decided to leave Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Per Mertesacker at home and instead has named the likes of Martin Angha, Zak Ansah, Sead Hajrovic, Jernade Meade, Elton Monteiro and Chuba Akpom in the squad.
Here is the full Arsenal squad: Wojciech Szczesny, Thomas Vermaelen, Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Sebastien Squillaci, Francis Coquelin, Andrey Arshavin, Carl Jenkinson, Gervinho, Marouane Chamakh, Martin Angha, Zak Ansah, Sead Hajrovic, Jernade Meade, Elton Monteiro, James Shea, Chuba Akpom.
We've taken a closer look at one of the youngsters in the squad, Elson Monteiro, and looked at why he has all the qualities to be a future Arsenal captain.
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood is recovering well in hospital according to the club. The 76-year-old suffered the episode after a bout of pneumonia but they are hopeful he will be making a ‘full and speedy’ recovery.
Arsenal have been added to the list of teams apparently chasing PSV Eindhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman. Manchester United are considered the front runners for his signature but Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley was in attendance for PSV’s massive clash with Ajax in the Eredivisie this weekend. The powerful midfielder has emerged as one of Europe’s hottest properties in the past 18 months and has also been linked with AC Milan and North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Fulham are ready to challenge Arsenal to the signing of Derby County youngster Will Hughes. The youngster has been tipped for future stardom and made his first appearance for England under-21s earlier in the year. At just 17 he is a precocious talent and is reportedly available at £4 million and Fulham would be able to offer him more first-team opportunities then their London rivals.
How is Joel Campbell doing on loan at Real Betis? The young striker scored at the weekend for the Spanish side. Here is an overview of his progress this season and his chances of making it at Arsenal next season.
And finally, it was claimed over the weekend Arsenal are reportedly lining up a shock swoop for Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard. The Chelsea legend is out of contract at the end of the current season and is widely expected to be let go by the Blues hierarchy. While rumours persist that he could make a move to LA Galaxy or China among many other potential destinations it was said that The Gunners could be interested in signing him on a one-year-deal. However Arsenal fans aren't happy about it - Here's a look at their reaction.
What are your thoughts on everything Arsenal FC on the 3rd December 2012?