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
Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom
Saturday, January 10.

Simpson completed the whole game as the Baggies narrowly lost out to Midlands neighbours Aston Villa. The 20-year-old was full of running throughout and was described by West Brom boss Tony Mowbray as his side’s ‘biggest threat’. Curtis Davies headed the visitors ahead against his former club midway through the first half and Scott Carson allowed a Gabriel Agbonlahor cross-shot to squirm underneath him four minutes before the interval. James Morrison threw the Baggies a lifeline after 49 minutes but they were unable to find an equaliser.

Player Profile - Gavin Hoyte


Gavin Hoyte
Reading 4-0 Watford
Friday, January 9.

Hoyte played all 90 minutes at right back as Watford were clinically despatched by Reading on Friday night. A Chris Armstrong volley handed the home side the half-time advantage before the Royals struck twice in a minute just after the hour to put the result beyond doubt. Leroy Lita added the icing to the cake a minute before time.

Player Profile - Kerrea Gilbert

Leicester City

Kerrea Gilbert
Leicester 3-0 Leyton Orient
Saturday, January 10.

Gilbert racked up another 90 minutes as top of the table Leicester moved five points clear of MK Dons with a classy 3-0 victory over Leyton Orient. Matt Oakley set the tone after nine minutes when he lashed home an effort from the edge of the area. Eight minutes before the break Mark Davies doubled the advantage with his head and Paul Dickov made it three from the spot six minutes from time.

Player Profile - Abu Ogogo


Abu Ogogo
Bury 1-0 Barnet
Saturday, January 10.

Ogogo played 58 minutes in the centre of midfield as Barnet were beaten by high-flying Bury at Gigg Lane. A 36th-minute Mike Jones effort was enough for the home side who climbed to fourth in League Two as a result of the victory.


Player Profile - Pedro Botelho

UD Salamanca

Pedro Botelho
Real Zaragoza 1-0 UD Salamanca
Saturday, January 10.

Pedro managed 63 minutes of Salamanca’s slim defeat to title rivals Zaragoza. Nobrega Braulio’s strike 14 minutes of time was enough for the home side who climbed one point ahead of Los Charros as a result of the victory. Pedro was replaced by Toti just after the hour mark.

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12 Jan 2009