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 - Philippe Senderos

AC Milan

Philippe Senderos
Bologna 1-4 AC Milan
Sunday, January 25.

Philippe completed his first 90 minutes for the Rossoneri as they swept aside Bologna at the Dall’Ara Stadium. Marco di Vaio fired the home side into a ninth-minute lead but within four minutes the scores were level thanks to Clarence Seedorf. A Kaka brace provided Milan with some breathing space before David Beckham, on loan from LA Galaxy, scored his first Serie A goal to complete a comfortable victory.

Player Profile - Armand Traore


Armand Traore
Portsmouth 0-2 Swansea
Saturday, January 24.

Armand was replaced after 46 minutes of Portsmouth’s FA Cup shock defeat at the hands of Swansea City on Saturday. The Frenchman made way for Hermann Hreidarsson at half time but the damage was already done. Young winger Nathan Dyer, on loan from Pompey’s rivals Southampton, handed the visitors a 26th-minute lead before Jason Scotland’s penalty put them two to the good moments before the interval.

Player Profile - Jay Simpson

West Bromwich Albion

Jay Simpson
West Brom 2-2 Burnley
Saturday, January 24.

Jay racked up another 90 minutes for the Baggies as they were held by a last-gasp Burnley equaliser in an enthralling FA Cup tie at the Hawthorns. The visitors took the lead from the spot through dead-ball specialist Graham Alexander but Robert Koren levelled matters seven minutes later. Do-Hoen Kim’s deflected free-kick edged the home side in front seconds before the break but Clarets hotshot Martin Paterson stabbed home the equaliser in stoppage time.

Player Profile - Gavin Hoyte


Gavin Hoyte
Watford 4-3 Crystal Palace
Saturday, January 24.

Gavin Hoyte was replaced in second-half stoppage time as two goals in each half settled this all-Championship FA Cup tie. Jay DeMerit and Jack Cork put the Hornets’ into a commanding 2-0 lead at the interval but Clint Hill halved the arrears three minutes after the break. Goals from Will Hoskins and Grzegorz Rasiak in the space of three second-half minutes looked to have sealed Watford’s place in the hat for the next round but Paul Ifil scored twice in the last seven minutes to set up a nervy finish. However the home side held on and will now face Chelsea in the Fifth Round.

Player Profile - Nacer Barazite

Derby County

Nacer Barazite
Derby 1-1 Nottingham Forest
Friday, January 23.

Nacer played 89 minutes as Robert Earnshaw earned Forest a replay against his former club. Barazite was involved in Derby’s opener as his through ball found Paul Connolly who crossed for Rob Hulse to score. However, the Rams were unable to hang on and Earnshaw was on hand to slot Forest level just after the hour mark. The home side finished the game in the ascendancy but couldn’t find a winner so the East Midlands rivals will meet again on February 4.

Player Profile - Kerrea Gilbert

Leicester City

Kerrea Gilbert
Leicester City 4-2 Huddersfield Town
Saturday, January 24.

Kerrea was replaced at half time of Leicester’s explosive victory over Huddersfield. The Terriers had taken the lead through Phil Jevons after just six minutes but Michael Morrison restored parity five minutes later. Keigan Parker was next to edge the visitors into an unlikely lead but his 51st-minute goal only served to galvanise Leicester. Goals from Bruno Berner, Matty Fryatt and Jack Hobbs in the space of 14 second-half minutes was enough to extend Leicester’s lead at the top of League One to nine points. Gilbert was cautioned after 16 minutes before being replaced by Joe Mattock at half time.

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26 Jan 2009