The January transfer window saw more Arsenal starlets go out on loan. Jay Simpson moved to West Brom and Reserve team captain Gavin Hoyte has joined Watford. Fellow reserve-teamers Rui Fonte, Henri Lansbury and Paul Rodgers have also departed for Crystal Palace, Scunthorpe United and Northampton Town respectively.

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
Hull City 2-2 West Brom
Saturday, January 31.

Jay capped a fine afternoon’s work with a 53rd-minute strike as West Brom picked up a priceless away point at Hull. Bernard Mendy had stroked the Tigers ahead a minute before the break but Simpson swooped after 53 minutes to draw his side level. Mendy turned provider midway through the second half when Craig Fagan headed past Scott Carson to make it 2-1. But the lead would only last four minutes as Robert Koren was felled in the box and Chris Brunt made no mistake from 12 yards.

Player Profile - Armand Traore


Armand Traore
Fulham 3-1 Portsmouth
Saturday, January 31.

Armand managed 63 minutes of Portsmouth’s defeat at Fulham before being replaced by John Utaka. The Frenchman started on the left of Tony Adams’ midfield but got little joy throughout. Andrew Johnson opened the scoring after only 14 minutes, slotting home after Clint Dempsey’s through-ball. Traore had already departed when Erik Nevland struck twice within nine minutes to put the result beyond doubt. Substitute David Nugent headed Pompey’s consolation six minutes from time. It is now five defeats in six Premier League games for the south-coast club.

Player Profile - Nacer Barazite

Derby County

Nacer Barazite
Derby 2-1 Coventry
Saturday, January 31.

Nacer played 62 minutes as Derby’s home win lifted them out of the Championship drop zone. The Dutchman started in his usual right-wing berth and was replaced by Mile Sterjovski. Rob Hulse headed Derby into the lead after 14 minutes and Kris Commons doubled the advantage within 120 seconds. Michael Doyle did halve the arrears after 53 minutes but the Rams held on to claim the first three points of Nigel Clough’s reign.

Player Profile - Gavin Hoyte


Gavin Hoyte
Wolves 3-1 Watford
Saturday, January 31.

Gavin played 58 minutes of Watford’s defeat at league leaders Wolves.  The youngster started at right back for the Hornets and was replaced by Lee Williamson. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake put the home side ahead from close range after 23 minutes before Andy Keogh doubled the advantage just after the hour mark. Adrian Mariappa pulled one back for Watford but the comeback was not to be and Sam Vokes made it three in injury time.

Player Profile - Rui Fonte

Crystal Palace

Rui fonte
Crystal Palace 0-1 Blackpool
Saturday, January 31.

Rui Fonte made his Crystal Palace debut, coming on as a substitute at half time of their 1-0 defeat against Blackpool. Despite Blackpool being reduced to 10 men after three minutes, DJ Campbell struck four minutes before the break to condemn the Eagles to their fourth straight defeat. Rui went close to an equaliser late on but his goal-bound drive was blocked.

Player Profile - Kerrea Gilbert

Leicester City

Kerrea Gilbert
Northampton 1-2 Leicester City
Saturday, January 31.

Another week, another 90 minutes in a Leicester victory for Kerrea. This time the Foxes came from behind to record a 2-1 victory at Northampton Town courtesy of a goal in each half. However, it wasn’t all plain sailing for Gilbert, as he put into his own net after 16 minutes. Steve Howard restored parity when he converted a 21st-minute penalty. In-form winger Lloyd Dyer was on hand to convert a Tom Cleverly cross after 73 minutes to secure all three points. There was no Paul Rodgers in the Cobblers’ squad because of suspension.

Player Profile - Abu Ogogo


Abu Ogogo
Exeter 2-1 Barnet
Saturday, January 31.

Abu was an unused sub as Barnet went down 2-1 at Exeter after Paul Jones saved a last-minute penalty for the home side. Neil Saunders had handed Exeter the lead with a spectacular 40-yard volley before veteran striker Paul Furlong levelled matters on the stroke of half time. Matt Gill edged the hosts ahead and despite the late penalty, Exeter held on for victory.

Player Profile - Philippe Senderos

AC Milan

Philippe Senderos
Lazio 0-3 AC Milan
Sunday, February 1.

Philippe played all 90 minutes of the Rossoneri’s comfortable victory at Lazio. Alexandre Pato struck just before half time and Massimo Ambrosini made it two after 47 minutes. Kaka provided the icing on the cake seven minutes from time. The victory cements Milan in second place in Serie A and they are now only six points behind arch-rivals Internazionale.

Player Profile - Pedro Botelho

UD Salamanca

Pedro Botelho
Alaves 1-1 UD Salamanca
Sunday, February 1
Pedro completed the whole game as Salamanca conceded a last-minute equaliser against relegation-threatened Alaves. Miku looked to have secured all three points when he pounced 15 minutes from time but defender Bustillo Cesar ensured a share of the spoils with his last-gasp strike. After leading the way for much of the early season, Los Charros are now down to seventh in Segunda Division, and are without a win in five.

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2 Feb 2009