It’s transfer deadline day and Mark Randall and Kieran Gibbs have both joined Championship sides on loan.
Randall will spend the second half of the season at Turf Moor, with Burnley, who he scored against in the FA Youth Cup 3rd Round.
Gibbs has joined Norwich City until the end of the season. Gibbs, who has featured for the first-team in the Carling Cup this season will gain valuable experience from this move.
Obviously it will be good experience for the lads and also it will leave a gap in our Reserve team. It will allow some of the younger lads to push on and see whether they can stake a claim in the Reserves. For me, Randall’s loan spell was long overdue. He needs to show that he isn’t just an ordinary player and he can prove that by playing week in, week out for Burnley, which I’m sure he will. As for Gibbs, it will be interesting to see how he does and if he can force his way into Arsene Wenger’s thinking when he returns.
There’s still time for more transfers to be completed, so watch this space.
In other news, Emmanuel Frimpong and Oliver Nicholas have been named in the latest England u-16 squad. They’ve both recently agreed scholarship deals and look like decent prospects.
Thanks for reading, and there will be more tomorrow.