Andrei Arshavin, right up there with Arsenal’s most expensive signings of all time, will turn out tonight for the reserves against Norwich.
The Russian is not alone in being a first team squad member involved however, and it appears that Arsene Wenger wants to boost the match fitness of players who haven’t been called on in recent weeks.
Arshavin is joined in the squad by Marouane Chamakh, Ju Young Park and Yossi Benayoun. The Israeli described his lack of involvement against Sunderland at the weekend as ‘disappointing’, easy to understand considering the way the game went, and while the inclusion of big names is clearly to keep players sharp, perhaps it’s also a sign that he’s considering some rotation ahead of Sunday’s game against Sp*rs.
Tonight’s fixture also serves as a comeback for two young Gunners. Carl Jenkinson returns to action after a three and half month absence due to a stress fracture of his back, while Benik Afobe makes his first Arsenal appearance of any kind since picking up a serious groin injury in September.
The full reserve squad for tonight’s game can be found here.
In other news Craig Eastmond has moved to Wycombe Wanderers on a month long loan deal where he’ll hope to get first team action and become a regular at the local Nandos.