Arsenal news – Gunners eye defender, Wenger backs Arshavin, Huddersfield test

Huddersfield test.

Arsenal will host Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup fourth round assuming they overcome Leeds United in the third round replay.

The Gunners will travel to Elland Road on Tuesday January 18 to conclude the tie after a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

The Championship side almost caused a massive upset at the Emirates Stadium when they led 1-0 through a second half penalty from Robert Snodgrass. It took a Cesc Fabregas spot-kick in the dying minutes to bring the score level and keep his team in the competition.

The winner of the replay will face Huddersfield, who currently occupy a playoff spot in League One, on January 29.

Wenger backs Arshavin.

Arsene Wenger has backed Andrei Arshavin to shine once again for Arsenal.

The out of form midfielder made his first start in three games in Saturday’s draw against Leeds at the Emirates Stadium.

The home fans voiced their disappointment in the Russian when they booed him off after the game.

Gunner’s manager Arsene Wenger admitted to understanding the fans’ frustration but gave the 29-year-old his full backing, assuring supporters that Arshavin will be back to his best in the near future, he told the Press Association: “The fans were frustrated. That comes from when you don’t win, the fans are demanding. We were not consistent technically and so they picked on our inconsistencies. It is not through a lack of desire with Arshavin. He wants to do well.”

Wenger added: “I have no worries that Arshavin will come back into the team, but their confidence does suffer a little bit from that. We try to analyse our games in an objective way and I am lucky because our players are self critical, they analyse themselves well and they want to do well.”

New Nasri deal.

Samir Nasri will end speculation over his future by signing a new long-term deal with Arsenal, according to his father, MirrorFootball has revealed.

The 23-year-old, who was recently awarded the Barclays Player of the Month in December, has been a key player for Arsenal this season and his performances are said to have caught the attention of Spanish champions Barcelona.

The London club have offered the French international a new contract which will keep him in the English capital until 2015 and his father firmly believes the former Marseille midfielder will happily pledge his future to the Gunners: “Samir is just 23, and he has the scope for huge further improvement.” He continued: “His game can become even faster. I’m convinced he can reach even greater heights – and that he will do so with Arsenal. They have managed to lift him to the level where he is now.”

Gunners eye defender.

Injury worries may force Arsene Wenger to dip into Arsenal’s transfer funds to make a few signings during the current transfer window, according to MirrorFootball.

Arsenal defender Sebastien Squillaci suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday’s FA Cup tie which could force the Frenchman out of action for a considerable length of time.

Meanwhile Thomas Vermaelen’s recovery has been hindered after the pain in his Achilles flared up again and it is unknown when the former Ajax defender will play again.

Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou are the only fit centre-halves in the squad which means Wenger will be looking to boost his defence with at least one more player.

The Gunner’s boss is expected to make a move for Bolton’s Gary Cahill and the Frenchman could renew his interest in Werder Bremen’s Per Mertesacker and Everton’s Phil Jagielka, both of which Arsenal made approaches for in the summer.

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