Arsenal news – Full-backs must supply Chamakh, Mannone joins Hull on loan, Eduardo returns

Mannone joins Hull on loan.

Arsenal may have struggled with their goalkeeping situation for the past few months, but that has not stopped them allowing Italian Vito Mannone to depart for Hull City. The 22-year-old has joined the Tigers until January according to BBC Sport, and could make his debut in this evening’s fixture with Sheffield United.

Mannone, who made four appearances during a similar loan to Barnsley in 2006, joins former Gunner Jay Simpson at the KC Stadium. Simpson made the move north in mid-August.

Full-backs must supply Chamakh.

Former Liverpool coach Phil Thompson believes that a lack of quality deliveries from Arsenal’s full-backs means the Gunners have failed to make the most of Marouane Chamakh’s killer heading ability.

Thompson, who is currently a pundit for Sky Sports, told their website: “Marouane Chamakh is starting to settle in, but he’s still not as alert and alive as the other players in the link-up play.

“He’s still learning that side of the game and will be frustrated that Arsenal don’t deliver many quality balls from the flanks to utilise his aerial presence. Chamakh is a handful in the air and I think Arsene Wenger  should try to add that variety to their game, although I must admit Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna  leave a lot to be desired when it comes to delivering a final ball.”

Eduardo won’t celebrate.

Former Arsenal striker Eduardo claims he will not celebrate if he scores tonight. The 27-year-old spent a happy three years at Arsenal, and says that leaving north London was the hardest decision of his career. A terrible leg injury put paid to a run of form with Arsenal in 2008, and the Croatian international departed for Shakhtar Donetsk for £6m this summer.

Speaking to Mirror Football, Eduardo said: “I don’t think I will celebrate. I respect the club. I had some great moments here and have respect for the supporters and Mr Wenger, for the club.”

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