Defender Kieran Gibbs could well make his return to first team action in this weekend’s battle with Everton. The youngster injured his knee against Newcastle in the League Cup in late September and has had only limited minutes on the pitch since then. That match itself was a comeback from a previous injury, and Arsene Wenger has confirmed he is being considered for selection.
However, according to Goal.com, Wenger said: “We’ll make the decision at the end of the week. He is back in normal training. It is just whether he is fit or not.”
Reina wants Gunners move.
The Daily Mirror is this morning carrying an exclusive that Arsenal target Pepe Reina is preparing to hand in a transfer request at current employers Liverpool. The goalkeeper has established himself as one of the Premier League’s finest during his time at Anfield, but has grown unsettled since the departure of Rafa Benitz, who the Spanish stopper cited as his primary reason for joining the Reds in the first place.
The newspaper even claims that Reina could leave the club as early as January, but the Gunners face competition from Manchester United and Inter Milan for the 28-year-old’s services.
Cahill Jan Arsenal deal.
The Guardian, meanwhile, is reporting that Arsene Wenger is keen to bring Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill to the Emirates. Wanderers’ decision to transfer list the England international has paved the way for Arsenal to come up with the readies in a formal bid, meaning the player could make the move as early as New Years’ Day.
Bolton chairman Phil Gartside told Bloomberg: “If a Champions League team knocks on our door in January that’s the best time to sell an asset because Champions League teams will pay the money,” The Trotters are thought to be after £15m for the former Aston Villa defender, which is a fee Wenger may consider excessive – a similar move for Everton’s Phil Jagielka fell through in the summer over a fee estimated at around £10m.