Arsenal news – Gunners line-up Barca youngster, Frimpong back in action, Keown: Team needs experience

Gunners line-up Barca youngster.

Arsenal are weighing up a potential bid for Barcelona youngster Xavi Quintilla, Sport has revealed.

The 15-year-old is considered one of the most promising youngsters in the Barcelona youth academy.

Quintilla can be utilised both as a defender and as a midfielder and the Spanish newspaper reports that Arsenal have sent scouts to La Masia to keep an eye on him.

The youngster cannot sign a professional contract for the Catalan giants just yet and Sport has rumoured that the Gunners are ready to snatch him in a move which bears a resemblance to the North London side’s signing of Cesc Fabregas as well as Jon Miquel Toral Harper who will move to the Emirates at the end of the season.

Frimpong back in action.

Arsenal teenager Emmanuel Frimpong is back in action for Arsenal following a successful recovery from a knee injury.

The 19-year-old played the final 22 minutes in Arsenal Reserves’ 4-2 victory over Sunderland on Tuesday.

Frimpong had been tipped to break into the Arsenal first-team this season after impressing Arsene Wenger during the Emirates cup but the young Ghanaian sustained cruciate ligament damage before the start of the season and his dreams of first-team football were shattered.

Upon his recovery, Frimpong still hopes to break into the Gunners starting XI and says he will shake off the disappointment of missing most of the season and will concentrate on gaining a place in the Arsenal team. He told the club’s official website: “It’s been hard over the last [eight] months because I was doing well. You want to be out on the pitch and showing what you can do. I was going to go on loan [last summer] but then the boss said he wanted me to stay and be part of the team.

“It was just unfortunate that I got injured. I think being injured for so long can only make me stronger.”

Keown: Team needs experience.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes Arsene Wenger must add more experience to his squad if they are to end their six year trophy drought.

The 44-year-old insists the Gunners need an experienced midfielder in the ranks as well as a new goalkeeper.

Keown also believes the North London side need Thomas Vermaelen to make a full recovery and form a partnership alongside Laurent Koscielny in the centre of defence,

Speaking to The Sun Keown said: “Arsenal need some more experience dotted around the place – players who don’t necessarily get guaranteed a starting role but who can bring competition for places.

Maybe one in the midfield and then perhaps a more experienced goalkeeper comes in to the squad.”

He continued: “And if Thomas Vermaelen comes back from his injury that will be like buying a centre-back. I think Laurent Koscielny is one for the future – I’d like to see him be more dominant and more vocal but I think that comes when you feel more comfortable in your surroundings.

“It’s his first season. Vermaelen last year was outstanding. So ultimately, I think Arsenal have two decent central defenders there.”

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