Saturday, June 15, 2024

Bellerin facing fitness test as Wilshere returns

Hector Bellerin will undergo a fitness test today to see if he’ll be available for tomorrow’s trip to Crystal Palace.

The young Spaniard is suffering from an ankle problem and if he doesn’t make it Calum Chambers will retain his place after a good showing against Boro last Sunday.

Jack Wilshere is back in the squad although perhaps not ready to start, while there was good news regarding Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who is back in full training. However, he’s not yet ready to be considered for selection but could make the midweek Champions League clash against Monaco.

Aaron Ramsey is still 10 days away according to the Arsenal manager.

 

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Victor Kimuyu

All the best Billy Whizz.

Arsenal Wenger

Been an absolute age since Oxlade – Chamberlain played. Hope he rips Monaco to shreds.

Also, hope Wilshere’s form on his return is smoking hot.

David C

bang on about the Ox!!!

Ramsey and Wilshere are like 1 player this year. 1 of them gets injured, the other returns…not sure we have room to start both of them anyway with how good the other midfielders have been.

GreekTragedy

Really interested to see what Wenger does if Jenko continues his good form at West Ham and returns to Arsenal, proving he can cut it in the top flight. Who makes way/goes out on loan next season? Four possible candidates for RB at the moment, all very promising.

Mc1892

I would expect to see Chambers switched permanently to CB, Jenkinson kept and Bellerin sent out on long. Over the years we’ve often seen a player make his ‘break through season’ and then go out on loan for a year somewhere where they can be full on, nailed down starting XI, i.e. Wilshere to Bolton. Bellerin has certainly staked a solid claim, but I think a year away as Jenkinson has done would really help- for consistency more than anything else. By the end of next season Debuchy would be pushing 30/31 (can’t be bothered to look it up) at… Read more »

Dick Swiveller

I expect the opposite. From what I’ve seen Bellerin and Jenkinson have been performing at roughly the same level, and given Jenks has the edge in terms of experience and Bellerin has the edge in terms of ability, I reckon we’d rather keep Bellerin here.

Not actually the oposite, I suppose, as I think Chambers will be at CB.

Mc1892

I agree but for me if Wenger is sending out a 23 year old on loan it more often than not signals that he’s not convinced they can cut it at first team level, and I really want Jenkinson to do well. Love having actual fans playing for the team, and as I’m in my early 20s it’s something I’ve rarely seen!
Either way, really hope Bellerin is fit for tomorrow. Chambers has struggled with agile players out on the right and Bolasie has improved massively over the course of the season, could do some damage.

Smart-Arse

“Mc1892”

You mean early 120s

Me So Hornsey

Totally agree. I love Chambers, particularly his tenacity and composure on the ball, however nearly all his dodgy moments have been as right back against speedy, tricky wingers. Bellerin handles that type of player far better. If Chambers plays tomorrow, you can guarantee Pardew will attack that side as a weak link, be it via Bolassie or Zaha. I’m very glad to hear Ox is nearly back, one of the unsung heroes of the Etihad victory in my opinion and I feel one of the reasons for our underpar performance against Spuds was that we missed both his and Sanchez’s… Read more »

Gooner1981

Bellerin could also play on the right wing. I don’t think he will go out on loan…

Goon

You have to remember that Jenkinson’s defensive side has mostly been consistent, but Bellerin offers way more going forward. Jenkinson, although the guy plays with some heart, is too one-dimensional. Also, West Ham’s style of play offers better defensive protection so that is partly why he is doing well there. Having said that, he is a good option to have on the bench.

Rich

I like jack, he’s a brilliant passer of the ball and he’s one of us.

Gooner from Pretoria(Cap city)

I’m buzzing to hear that our Jack is back..

dholio

Great to have Jack back, but I don’t think he should be able to walk straight into the starting 11 like Ozil has recently. Let’s nurture Jack back in like we did with Theo. After a couple of games asca sub, Ozil is trenched in that starting 11 again and showing his class. If Jack can do the same and displace Santi, then we’ve got one hell of a good squad!

AK 57

It’s sign of good times that we are not overly dependent on players coming back from injury. It all seems to be a bonus now.

king henry the xiv

We need the speed of the Bellexpress away to Palace so we can hit them on the counter. But if he fails to make it, I know Chambers can more than hold his own against Bolasie et al. oh squad depth, how glorious you feel!

santori

No Jenkinson.

Limited player for us.

Good player for West Ham.

We have Bellerin who is quicker, more technical and uses the ball better.

Debuchy will also be back and he has plenty more experienc

That’s two RBs

Chambers is still unsettled as to where he will eventually end up for us. It could be Cback but also RB (when eventually Debuchy leaves) and of course in midfield where Wenger has mentioned repeatedly he sees him.

No Jenkinson. That ship has sailed.

santori

Jack will be a welcome addition at this point.

He needs to emulate whwat Santi is doing at the moment.

A combination of both Santi and Jack in midfield in a triangle with Coquelin (or Flamini) will be very strong. Alexis and Ozil can come in on each wing (with walcott and Ox options for more direct injection of pace)

Haven’t even mentioned Rosicky (or Ramsey down the line). There is also young Gnabry.

To say the least, we have options.

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