The January transfer window saw two more Arsenal starlets go out on loan. Jay Simpson moved to West Brom and Reserve team captain Gavin Hoyte has joined Watford, both until the end of the season.

They join the existing loanees Armand Traore, Nacer Barazite, James Dunne, Kerrea Gilbert and Abu Ogogo away with other English clubs.

Overseas, the Gunners have players in Italy, Spain and Holland. Philippe Senderos, who has made 115 appearances for the Gunners, is spending the season with Serie A giants AC Milan. Pedro Botelho is away with Spanish Segunda Division outfit UD Salamanca while Vincent van den Berg is out on his second loan spell in as many years, this time with FC Zwolle of the Eerste Divisie in Holland.

Player Profile - Jay Simpson

West Bromwich Albion

Jay Simpson
West Brom 1-1 Peterborough
Saturday, January 3.

Jay’s impressive Baggies’ debut was one of few highlights for West Brom as they succumbed to a late equaliser against League One Peterborough United. The young striker completed the entire second half and almost opened the scoring within minutes. Unfortunately his follow-up effort, from a Jonathan Greening strike, was saved by Joe Lewis in the Posh goal. Jonas Olsson eventually handed the home side the lead with a 64th-minute header but three minutes from time Craig Mackail-Smith struck to take the tie to London Road. Tony Mowbray said of his debutant: "He's a young boy, he's ambitious, he's hungry to do well. He's a quick player and once he gets to know his team-mates then I think he'll be fine for us."*

Player Profile - Armand Traore


Armand Traore
Portsmouth 0-0 Bristol City
Saturday, January 3.

Armand was an unused substitute as Portsmouth failed to find a way through against Championship side Bristol City. Either team could have nicked it, but the stalemate means that the pair will meet again at Ashton Gate on Tuesday, January 13.

Player Profile - Gavin Hoyte


Gavin Hoyte
Watford 1-0 Scunthorpe United
Saturday, January 3.

Gavin enjoyed a solid debut, completing 83 minutes of Watford’s hard-fought 1-0 win against League One high-flyers Scunthorpe United. The versatile 18-year-old was selected at right back and impressed before being replaced by Chelsea loanee Liam Bridcutt seven minutes from time. Former Tottenham striker Grzegorz Rasiak headed the Hornets’ winner after 67 minutes to set up a Fourth-Round clash against either Leicester or Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road.

Player Profile - Nacer Barazite

Derby County

Nacer Barazite
Forest Green 3-4 Derby County
Saturday, January 3.

Nacer Barazite was a 71st-minute substitute as Derby eventually overcame non-League Forest Green Rovers in a real FA Cup classic at the New Lawn. An upset looked on the cards when the home side raced in to a two-goal lead within 20 minutes. Goals from Rob Hulse and Martin Albrechtsen before the break restored parity but a 72nd-minute strike from left back Paul Stonehouse edged the part-timers ahead once again. The lead would only last four minutes though as Paul Green levelled the scores before Craig Davies won the match from the spot three minutes from time.

Player Profile - Kerrea Gilbert

Leicester City

Kerrea Gilbert
Leicester City 0-0 Crystal Palace
Saturday, January 3.

Gilbert racked up another 90 minutes for Leicester City as they were unlucky not to get the better of Championship opponents Crystal Palace. The Foxes had won eight home games on the bounce before the draw and almost grabbed a late winner through Max Gradel. However, there was to be no upset and the pair will reconvene at Selhurst Park on January 13.

*Quotes courtesy of BBC West Midlands

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5 Jan 2009