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Andre Santos signs for Gremio on loan from Arsenal

I came to be a champion! Santos thinking positive as Arsenal confirm Gremio switch

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

06:27 GMT, 11 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:10 GMT, 11 February 2013

Andre Santos has joined Gremio on loan until the end of the season.

Santos moved to Arsenal from Fenerbahce in August 2011, but has failed to hold down a regular place in Arsene Wenger's first team.

Close: Andre Santos is on the verge of leaving Arsenal and returning to Brazil

Close: Andre Santos is on the verge of leaving Arsenal and returning to Brazil

New boy: Arsene Wenger brought in left back Nacho Monreal in January

New boy: Arsene Wenger brought in left back Nacho Monreal in January

The form of Kieran Gibbs and the
arrival of Nacho Monreal means the Brazilian left-back has made only six
starts for the Londoners this season and he has now been given a chance
to play regular football back in his homeland.

'I came to be a champion with the club,' 29-year-old Santos told Gremio's official website.

Arsenal signed Santos from Fenerbahce for 6.8million in August 2011.

A picture of Santos arriving in his
homeland, where he last played for Corinthians in 2008-2009, greeted by
cheering fans was posted on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Arsenal forward Lukas
Podolski put a post on his official Twitter account which read:
“@Andre-santos27 We will miss you man, I wish u all the very best
Gunner God bless you”.

Santos made 26 appearances for Arsenal, scoring four goals.

Nacho Monreal – how did he fare on Arsenal debut?

How did Nacho Monreal fare on his Arsenal debut Sportsmail analyses his display

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

23:24 GMT, 3 February 2013

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UPDATED:

08:11 GMT, 4 February 2013

Nacho Monreal made a winning start to his Arsenal career as Lukas Podolski handed Arsene Wenger’s men a slender 1-0 win over Stoke.

So how did the 8.3million deadline day signing from Malaga, who is tipped to replace Kieran Gibbs as the club’s first-choice left back, cope in Saturday’s Premier League debut

Ball retention

Arsenal’s game is all about keeping the ball and Monreal will have no problem fitting into Arsene Wenger’s style. There was nothing extravagant about the Spaniard’s passing. He kept it simple, playing short passes inside to his centre backs or midfielders instead of attempting anything risky or penetrative.

His one-touch game is excellent and he looked comfortable in possession, but would you expect anything else from a Spain international

Team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said: ‘He is very good on the ball, comfortable, technically brilliant and a very good defender.’

Comfortable: Nacho Monreal was happy to receive the ball to feet

Comfortable: Nacho Monreal was happy to receive the ball to feet

Going forward

The 26-year-old was sparing with his bursts forward, but when he did make a foray looked a real threat.

His pace over 10 to 20 yards had Stoke right back Ryan Shotton worried and his combination play with Jack Wilshere before putting in a cross that narrowly eluded Olivier Giroud will fill Arsenal fans with optimism.

Defending

Monreal will have more strenuous tests to come as Stoke struggled to carry a sustained attacking threat.

On the whole he was defensively sound. Competent in the air, particularly for a man under 6ft, and strong in the tackle, he knew when to clear or pick out a pass. Yet at times he allowed opponents too much space to cross.

Rearguard action: Nacho is little but a good addition to the backline

Rearguard action: Nacho is little but a good addition to the backline

Concentration

Intelligent enough to keep things simple on his debut. It was clear he was playing within himself, but there were a couple of lapses of concentration. The first came towards the end of the first half when, under no pressure, he let a routine pass slip under his foot and the ball rolled out. This was repeated in the last five minutes, with his side trying to protect their slender advantage, but this time the error occurred on the edge of his own box.

Physicality

Any fears Monreal would not be able to deal with the rough and tumble of the Premier League were dispelled during a bruising aerial duel with Jonathan Walters before half-time.

In going up for a header, the duo were involved in a nasty clash of heads. The Stoke forward needed treatment to a bloodied gash to his forehead.

Monreal remained on his feet, hardly flinching. ‘To see him win so many headers and hold his own was great to see,’ added Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Delighted: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pleased Monreal has joined the squad

Delighted: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pleased Monreal has joined the squad

Jack Wilshere wants Theo Walcott to sign new Arsenal contract

Don't Jack it in here, Theo! Wilshere pleads for Walcott to sign new Arsenal deal

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 23 December 2012

Jack Wilshere has urged close friend Theo Walcott to give Arsenal six of the best by signing his new deal.

Arsenal persuaded five of British football’s brightest talents, including midfielder Wilshere, to extend their contracts last week, but an impasse remains with Walcott.

‘Everybody at the club wants Theo to re-sign. But that is something he has to sort out, it is up to him and the club if they can reach an agreement and I hope they do,’ said Wilshere, after Mikel Arteta’s penalty had given them a 1-0 win at Wigan.

Friends: Jack Wilshere (left) is keen for Theo Walcott to sign a new deal

Friends: Jack Wilshere (left) is keen for Theo Walcott to sign a new deal

‘Theo’s been great for us. We just signed five British boys so hopefully he can be the sixth and cap it off.

‘I’m always winding him up, saying, “C’mon Theo, sign”. It’s up to him and the club. Theo knows what he means to us and what he means to the fans.’

Wilshere hopes that the 24-year-old will be influenced by the lead shown by himself, Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

He added: ‘I think he looked at that. We’re all great friends, the British boys, we all go out together, have meals together and sit together when we’re on the road, so hopefully he can follow us and sign.’

Wilshere’s return from a 16-month injury lay-off appears to have had recuperative effects on Arsenal.

Brit of all right: (left to right) Aaron Ramsey, Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Wilshere train at London Colney this week

Brit of all right: (left to right) Aaron Ramsey, Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Wilshere train at London Colney this week

Another win on the road…

ARSENAL have won 16 points away from home this season, but are 12th in the home form table.

Away P W D L Pts
1 Man Utd 10 7 1 2 22
2 Arsenal 10 4 4 2 16
3 Man City 8 4 4 0 16

Home
11 Liverpool 10 4 3 3 15
12 Arsenal 8 4 2 2 14

They have won five of the eight Premier League matches he has appeared in, including the last three, their best run since March.

On Saturday at Wigan, to the delight of Arsene Wenger, he combined technical acumen with bravery.

Never better illustrated than during the first period when he timed a sliding challenge on Shaun Maloney to perfection, only to be cautioned by referee Jon Moss.

‘I think it was a foul on Wilshere by Maloney. It looked a perfect tackle. I think he was a bit provoked by the crowd reaction,’ said Wenger.

‘I like Wilshere. After 25 minutes you look at him and he is dirty from top to bottom.’

This is a very different Arsenal midfield to the one the 20-year-old was used to before his catalogue of injuries. Having previously operated alongside Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song, Wilshere’s relationship with Spanish duo Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla is developing apace.

Midfield maestro: Wilshere is on a fine run of form

Midfield maestro: Wilshere is on a fine run of form

‘Suddenly, there are a lot of good things to talk about. But let’s not go overboard,’ urged Wenger, after his side moved into the Champions League places.

‘As much as we had not to be depressed after what happened previously, we have to keep our feet on the ground and focus on the next game.

‘I always said the group is very good mentally and that will come out in the end and hopefully we can show that now.

‘Our game is based on movement and technical quality and fluency and that demands confidence so it is very important we have confidence to play.

‘The domination was not convincing but we got the three points and it is important that you win these kinds of games, too. We have rebuilt the team and how far we go will be decided from now on.’

One person who will not be part of the revolution is long-term target Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who has extended his contract with Schalke for another two years until June 2015.

Theo Walcott to sign new Arsenal deal as Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain follow

It's good to talk: Walcott makes peace as Arsenal agree deals with Wilshere, Gibbs, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jenkinson

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23:06 GMT, 18 December 2012

Theo Walcott has held peace talks with Arsene Wenger as Arsenal close in on securing the futures of their British core.

It is the first time since August 28, when the England forward turned down a five-year contract worth 75,000 a week, that formal discussions between player and club have taken place.

And in further good news Sportsmail understands Arsenal are set to agree deals with five of their other young British stars by Friday.

Crisp finisher: Theo Walcott hit the fifth as Arsenal demolished Reading, and the 23-year-old looks set to end uncertainty about his future by extending his Arsenal deal

Crisp finisher: Theo Walcott hit the fifth as Arsenal demolished Reading, and the 23-year-old looks set to end uncertainty about his future by extending his Arsenal deal

Made up: Arsene Wenger and Walcott

Sources close to Walcott insist the 23-year-old wants to stay at Arsenal. However, he is said to have made it clear he is still currently unwilling to pen fresh terms.

As well as wanting a deal closer to 100,000 a week, Walcott also wants assurances over his role at the club.

The former Southampton man felt he was being treated unfairly by Wenger during the early weeks of the season and spent the majority of Arsenal’s opening games sat on the bench. This decision is understood to have been motivated by the contract dispute rather than footballing reasons.

In addition, Walcott also wants assurances that he will be given more opportunities to play as a central striker — where he played against Reading on Monday and scored in the 5-2 win.

The main man: Walcott wants to be utilised as a No 9

The main man: Walcott wants to be utilised as a No 9

And while it seems there will be no quick resolution to the contract saga, the latest discussions are viewed as a significant step towards persuading Walcott to stay.

It is believed that a compromise solution of an 85,000-a-week contract may be enough to persuade him to sign.

Walcott may be some way from signing but Arsenal are convinced they have agreed new deals with Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson and it is thought they will sign by the end of the week.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed on November 28 that England midfielder Wilshere was set to sign fresh terms — and he will put pen to paper on a new five-year contract worth 80,000 a week.

Staying power: Jack Wilshere will sign a new deal at the Emirates

Staying power: Jack Wilshere will sign a new deal at the Emirates

Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Gibbs and Jenkinson have agreed five-year deals worth between 40,000 and 60,000 a week.

Arsenal’s push to keep their best British talent indicates a deliberate shift in Wenger’s thinking.

After basing his sides around foreign players for years, the manager seems to have had a change of heart after the likes of Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy all left the Emirates Stadium.

Speaking after the thumping win at Reading, Wenger said: ‘We have a core of good young English players and I hope we will be able to build a team around them and that they can achieve something together.’

Bright young things Oxlade-Chamberlain

Bright young things: Kieran Gibbs

Bright young things: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) and Kieran Gibbs have also signed new deals

Burnley 1 Watford 1: Austin on the mark again as Clarets grab a point against Hornets

Burnley 1 Watford 1: Austin on the mark again as Clarets grab a point against Hornets

PUBLISHED:

17:38 GMT, 15 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:45 GMT, 15 December 2012

Burnley striker Charlie Austin scored his 22nd goal of the campaign as the Clarets and Watford drew at Turf Moor.

Nathaniel Chalobah fired the visitors into an 11th minute lead with a well-taken volley from the edge of the area but Austin equalised 17 minutes later from the penalty spot.

The home side dominated for large parts but could not force a winner, with Austin himself being denied by goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, and the Hornets could have left with all three points as Joel Ekstrand struck the crossbar for Watford with 10 minutes left.

Another one! Charlie Austin's equaliser against Watford was his 22nd of the season and earned Burnley a point

Another one! Charlie Austin's equaliser against Watford was his 22nd of the season and earned Burnley a point

Match Facts

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Long, Shackell, Lafferty, Wallace (Vokes 90), Marney, Edgar, Paterson (Stanislas 72), Ings (Treacy 84), Austin. Subs not used: Jensen, Mills, Bartley, Stock

Booked: Treacy.

Goal: Austin 28 pen.

Watford: Almunia, Ekstrand, Hall, Hoban, Cassetti, Abdi, Chalobah (Yeates 46), Hogg, Pudil (Anya 90), Geijo (Vydra 72), Deeney. Subs not used: Bonham, Neuton, Beleck, Battocchio.

Booked: Chalobah, Almunia.

Goal: Chalobah 11.

Attendance: 14,896

Referee: Phil Gibbs

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche made three changes, with David Edgar and Kevin Long replacing suspended duo Chris McCann and Michael Duff, while Danny Ings was handed a first start of the season in place of Brian Stock, who dropped to the bench.

Watford welcomed back Almen Abdi to the side for his first start since November due to injury, while Alexandre Geijo replaced Matej Vydra in attack.

The visitors went ahead after just 11 minutes through on-loan midfielder Chalobah. Burnley failed to deal with a succession of Watford corners and, after the ball was partially cleared, Chalobah volleyed in from edge of the area for his second Hornets goal.

Burnley responded well to falling behind, with Edgar heading wide from Ross Wallace's corner.

And the Clarets were soon level. Referee Phil Gibbs had no hesitation in awarding a spot-kick after Joel Ekstrand pushed Dean Marney in the area and Austin calmly sent Almunia the wrong way.

Dyche's side were on top and Kieran Trippier's shot from the edge of the area tested Almunia, who could only gather at the second attempt. Then Danny Lafferty's deep cross was headed goalwards by Austin but the Spaniard saved well.

Just before half-time, Martin Paterson broke down the flank and Austin was denied a tap-in by a crucial intervention from Tommie Hoban.

Mark Yeates replaced Chalobah at half-time for the visitors to make his 300th career appearance, and the Hornets started the second half brightly with Deeney going close.

Away point: Nathaniel Chalobah had fired Gianfranco Zola's Watford into an 11th minute lead at Turf Moor

Away point: Nathaniel Chalobah had fired Gianfranco Zola's Watford into an 11th minute lead at Turf Moor

The striker, who was aiming to equal the club record for scoring in seven successive games, was denied twice by Lee Grant as the Burnley keeper saved the Deeney's far-post header with his legs and recovered quickly to block the follow up.

But Burnley soon found their rhythm again and almost went ahead as Trippier's dangerous cross was met by Austin, but his diving header was held well by Almunia.

Austin was then released by Lafferty but his attempted chip failed to find a way past the former Arsenal keeper.

There were loud shouts from the home fans for a penalty with 16 minutes left as the ball struck Marco Cassetti's arm in the penalty area, but the referee decided it was not deliberate.

Watford were still a threat on the counter and Ekstrand came within inches of a spectacular goal but his long range effort crashed off the bar.

But neither side was able to force a late winner as the game ended all-square.

Arsene Wenger and Arsenal players deserve more time – Martin Keown

Have faith! Wenger and Arsenal players deserve more time to rectify situation

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UPDATED:

01:27 GMT, 13 December 2012

Arsene Wenger knows he needs to put things right at Arsenal. No-one will know that more than Arsene Wenger himself.

The future without Wenger at Arsenal is unthinkable. The manager has rebuilt his side, so we should give the new team time to show they can bounce back from adversity.

Undoubtedly the talent is there. Young players such as Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Wojciech Szczesny should be given time.

United front: Now is the time for manger, players and fans to stick together

United front: Now is the time for manger, players and fans to stick together

Now is not the time to judge this team –
and it would be unfair to pin all of the blame on the current squad.
There is this feeling the defeat at Bradford leaves them at a crossroads
but I don't subscribe to that.

They should be given the chance to prove they have the ingredients to overcome their current difficulties. This is a new team – let's see how they can cope. Wenger is hugely loyal to his players. He will stick by them through thick and thin.

But trust me, you will only get so long under Wenger. Once that belief gets switched to another player then it is very difficult to regain it. The defeat against Bradford will hurt to the core.

He sent out a strong team – one which included captain Thomas Vermaelen, who missed the final penalty – with the intention of winning comfortably.

Head down: Wenger refused to blame his players after their defeat

Head down: Wenger refused to blame his players after their defeat

It is in times of adversity that Wenger will learn the most about his players and the players will learn most about each other.

We nearly went out of the FA Cup against Port Vale in 1998, only scraping through on penalties. We raised our game after that and won the Double that season.

So, write Wenger off at your peril. He's proved his doubters wrong on many occasions – he did last season when he led the club to third. I, for one, would not be surprised if he does it again.

Laugh it up: Bradford fans enjoyed a great day out at Arsenal's expense

Laugh it up: Bradford fans enjoyed a great day out at Arsenal's expense

Theo Walcott contract: Arsene Wenger tells Arsenal to improve offer as Liverpool and Chelsea lurk

Wenger issues plea to keep Walcott as Liverpool and Chelsea plot January swoop

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 19 November 2012

Arsene Wenger will make a personal recommendation to the Arsenal board to improve Theo Walcott's contract offer in an attempt to end the uncertainty over his future.

Arsenal chiefs previously told the England international they were unwilling to increase their original 75,000-per-week offer, which was rejected by Walcott in August.

On target: Walcott scored in the 5-2 drubbing of Tottenham on Saturday

On target: Walcott scored in the 5-2 drubbing of Tottenham on Saturday

But Sportsmail understands the Gunners' stance on the issue has softened in recent weeks, with the club now willing to reach a compromise with the forward.

It is believed both parties feel an offer of between 80,000 – 85,000-per-week will be enough to secure Walcott's long-term future.

The former Southampton forward has told Wenger he wants to stay at the Emirates but made it clear he wants a contract closer to 100,000-per-week.

And Wenger, who has been highly-impressed by Walcott's displays in recent weeks, will tell the club's hierarchy to up their existing offer and hopes his personal intervention will help resolve the issue when the player's representatives meet with Gunners officials for a second round of formal talks.

Theo Walcott

Wanted: Chelsea and Liverpool are both considering moves in January

The club want his future resolved by the end of December.

Liverpool and Chelsea are plotting January moves for Walcott, while Manchester City want to sign him on a free transfer next summer.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are close to agreeing a new five-year contract with left-back Kieran Gibbs.

Roy Hodgson challenges youngsters to reach 2014 World Cup

Hodgson challenges youngsters Sterling and Zaha to oust England old guard and earn Brazil 2014 place

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10:52 GMT, 12 November 2012

Roy Hodgson believes England will undergo a 'vast improvement' over the next decade and urged young players to try and oust the old guard in time for the 2014 World Cup.

After calling up youngsters such as Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, 17, and 20-year-old Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace into his squad to face Sweden on Wednesday, the England manager insisted things can 'only get better' given the talent at his disposal.

Hodgson praised ‘technically good’ young players such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck and Kieran Gibbs and called on them to put pressure on established England stars like Wayne Rooney and captain Steven Gerrard in the run up to Brazil.

Flying high: 17-year-old Raheem Sterling has been in excellent form for Liverpool so far this season

Flying high: 17-year-old Raheem Sterling has been in excellent form for Liverpool so far this season

The England boss told Fifa.com: 'There’s no doubt we’re going to see a vast improvement over the coming ten years, and I think you see it already if you look at the young players that are coming through today. Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck, Cleverley, Bertrand, Gibbs, Wilshere – in all of these players you can see that technically they are of a very good level. It can only get better.

'I’m pleased that they have responded, but not proud. When you select a squad of 23 players, there is plenty of space to put some in there who arguably might not be ready today. Bearing in mind if we’re going to qualify for Brazil, it’s nearly two years’ time.

'Who knows Some of these young players who are around the fringes of our squad – getting some experience, getting a feel of what it might be like to be a Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard or Ashley Cole – might, in two years’ time, be right up there alongside these players, might even be taking their places if these players can’t keep up to the standard we’ve acquired.'

Hodgson also insisted the success of the FA's national football at St George’s Park in Burton needed to be underpinned by a thriving senior team and said part of his role was to help safeguard England’s future.

Shining star: The likes of Wilfried Zaha have been challenged to usurp the well established stars

Shining stars: The likes of Wilfried Zaha (above) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (below) have been challenged to usurp the well established stars in time for the World Cup in Brazil

Shining star: The likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been challenged to usurp the well established stars

'We need to have a successful team,’ he said. ‘If we’re going to fall by the wayside at national team level then our messages are going to be harder to put forward.

'Some people suggest the eye on the present should be your only focus. I don’t agree with that. I think that you should be trying to do the job in the present while at least bearing in mind that one day you’re no longer going to be the manager.

'I think St George’s Park is going to be a flagship for English football coaching and English football development. When the flagship teams – the national team, the U-21s, the U-19s, the ladies – train there that will be the icing on the cake, but the centre has a much bigger role to play.

'Where it’s going to do its real work, in my opinion, is in the development of younger players and coaches to work with these younger players, and be a focal point which shows how serious the FA are about producing players and producing coaches who can produce players.

'That’s what I see as its major function.'

Stalwart: Wayne Rooney has notched up 78 England caps since his first in 2003

Stalwart: Wayne Rooney has notched up 78 England caps since his first in 2003

Old guard: Steven Gerrard, 32, hopes to seal a place in the 2014 World Cup squad

Old guard: Steven Gerrard, 32, hopes to seal a place in the 2014 World Cup squad

Hodgson said he was ‘moderately happy’ with England’s World Cup qualifying campaign, which has seen the Three Lions earn eight points from four games, but admitted his team had fallen short by not notching up 10 points so far.

The England boss, though, said he was pleased to finally be offered the England job in April, having ‘been a bridesmaid on a few occasions’, and reflected on a 'very happy occasion'.

Hodgson, 65, said: 'There have been cases in the past where it has been mooted that maybe I would be a serious contender but the job has gone to somebody else on those occasions.

'Having been a bridesmaid on a few occasions, it was very nice when I got the phone call.

'It was pretty much a fait accompli – it wasn’t a question of going through long processes. The FA had done all of that and made up their mind.

'It was just a question of reaching an agreement, which was easily done because I wanted the job and they wanted me. It was a very happy occasion and one I’ve wanted for a long time. It’s nice that it finally came to pass.'

Future's bright: Roy Hodgson has backed England to improve over the next decade

Future's bright: Roy Hodgson has backed England to improve over the next decade

Henri Lansbury and Nathaniel Clyne pull out of England U21 squad to face Serbia

Injured duo Lansbury and Clyne pull out of England U21 squad to face Serbia

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18:32 GMT, 10 October 2012

Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury and Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne have withdrawn from the England Under 21 squad for the European Championship play-off against Serbia because of injury.

Liverpool defender Jack Robinson has been called in as a replacement.

The first leg is at Norwich's Carrow Road ground on Friday night, with the return in Krusevac on Tuesday.

Injured: Lansbury

Injured: Lansbury

Earlier this week, manager Stuart Pearce saw Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand and Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey promoted to the senior squad after Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs was forced out of the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland with a thigh problem.

England Under 21s will be hoping for a repeat of the performance they enjoyed on the last visit to Carrow Road two seasons ago, when Pearce's Young Lions beat Romania 2-1 which helped secure a place at the 2011 European Championships finals in Denmark.

'This play-off has been pencilled in for Norwich for a long while, simply because of how we have always been welcomed by the club and the fans in this neck of the woods,' Pearce told www.TheFA.com.

'It's a passionate area for football, they love their team and they also love England, so always give us great support at Carrow Road.

'This is somewhere the Under-21s have always enjoyed playing and I am delighted we're going back.'

West Ham 1 Arsenal 3: Match report

West Ham 1 Arsenal 3: Super sub Walcott ensures Gunners take all three points from Hammers

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18:49 GMT, 6 October 2012

Olivier Giroud netted his first Barclays Premier League goal as Arsenal came from behind to beat West Ham at Upton Park.

The Gunners had seen their unbeaten start to the new season ended by a 2-1 home defeat against leaders Chelsea last weekend.

However, Arsene Wenger's men, who beat Olympiacos in the Champions League on Wednesday night, showed great character to recover from conceding an early goal to Mohamed Diame.

Off the bench: Theo Walcott scored Arsenal's second goal to put them in the lead for the first time in the game

Off the bench: Theo Walcott scored Arsenal's second goal to put them in the lead for the first time in the game

Match facts

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel (Tomkins 73), Collins, Reid, McCartney, Noble, Diame (Cole 82), Vaz Te (Taylor 64), Nolan, Jarvis, Carroll.
Subs Not Used: Henderson, Maiga, Benayoun, O'Neil.

Booked: Diame, Reid, Taylor.

Goal: Diame 21.

Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs (Andre Santos 56), Ramsey, Cazorla, Arteta, Gervinho (Walcott 61), Giroud, Podolski (Koscielny 85).

Subs Not Used: Martinez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin, Arshavin.

Booked: Gervinho, Walcott.

Goals: Giroud 41, Walcott 77, Cazorla 83.

Attendance: 34,974

Referee: Phil Dowd

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France striker Giroud, a 12million summer signing from Montpellier, netted from close range just ahead of half-time, with substitute Theo Walcott slotting home another on the break before industrious Spaniard Santi Cazorla struck a superb 25-yard effort.

Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs, though, limped off in the second half, which could be a concern for England, although West Ham striker Andy Carroll did complete the full 90 minutes on his recovery from a hamstring problem.

Before kick-off, there was a well-observed minute's applause for former West Ham defender John Bond, who passed away recently.

Arsenal started brightly as the recalled Giroud sent in a low shot from 20 yards which forced Jussi Jaaskelainen into action, before Cazorla had a goalbound shot blocked.

West Ham looked to utilise Carroll's presence whenever possible, but needed all the help they could get in their own penalty area as Arsenal continued to press.

First, Carl Jenkinson's cross was hacked behind and then Carroll knocked Cazorla's fierce drive over his own crossbar.

West Ham, though, snatched the lead against the run of play in the 21st minute.

The ball was worked down the left channel and Diame cut inside Aaron Ramsey to fire an angled drive into the top corner.

Taking the lead: Mohamed Diame celebrates putting West Ham in front with a good finish

Taking the lead: Mohamed Diame celebrates putting West Ham in front with a good finish

No chance: Arsenal's goalkeeper Vito Mannone can't stop Diame's goal

No chance: Arsenal's goalkeeper Vito Mannone can't stop Diame's goal

The Senegal midfielder was shown a yellow card for celebrating his first Irons' goal by running into the crowd – and was fortunate not to have then seen red after clattering into Mikel Arteta, instead just getting a final warning from referee Phil Dowd.

West Ham were now on the front foot, with Carroll's close-range header straight at Vito Mannone.

Arsenal had a chance to equalise when Giroud just failed to connect with Per Mertesacker's flicked header through the six-yard box.

The French striker, though, did bag his Premier League goal four minutes before half-time.

At last! Olivier Giroud breaks his goalscoring duck in the Premier League

At last! Olivier Giroud breaks his goalscoring duck in the Premier League

Sliding in: Olivier Giroud gets his toe to the ball first to score

Sliding in: Olivier Giroud gets his toe to the ball first to score

After winning the ball in midfield, Giroud stabbed it out to Lukas Podolski on the left. The German darted to the byline before cutting the ball back across goal – where Giroud arrived at pace to slot home.

West Ham, though, could easily have gone back in front just before the break when Kevin Nolan knocked the ball wide from close range after a free-kick into the Arsenal penalty area.

The Irons were fired up following the restart, forcing a succession of corners.

Arsenal left-back Gibbs hobbled off in the 55th minute, replaced by Brazilian Andre Santos – an injury concern for England ahead of their World Cup qualifiers.

Wonder strike: Santi Cazorla puts the game beyond doubt with Arsenal's third

Wonder strike: Santi Cazorla puts the game beyond doubt with Arsenal's third

Job done: Cazorla celebrates after scoring his goal

Job done: Cazorla celebrates after scoring his goal

Ryan Jarvis' shot-on-the-turn flew over as the hosts pressed again.

As the hour mark passed, Ricardo Vaz Te had to be substituted, by Matthew Taylor, after falling awkwardly on his arm after racing to a 50/50 with the Arsenal keeper.

Wenger looked to inject some fresh life into the visitors' attack when he sent on Walcott for Gervinho.

Walcott almost helped set up a goal when Cazorla's shot hit Ramsey and bobble in West Ham penalty area, his clever backheel was cut into the sidenetting by Giroud from a very tight angle.

Eyes on the ball: Matt Taylor in action against Arsenal's Andres Santos

Eyes on the ball: Matt Taylor in action against Arsenal's Andres Santos

Winning the ball: Andy Carroll beats Thomas Vermaelen to the ball

Winning the ball: Andy Carroll beats Thomas Vermaelen to the ball

The Irons went close moments later as Carroll knocked a deep cross wide after getting above Mannone.

The game was wide open now as both sides created chances, Cazorla firing off target after a jinking run before Mertesacker's last-gap tackle denied Nolan.

At the other end, Podolski's low drive was spilled behind by Jaaskelainen.

Arsenal broke away to take the lead with 13 minutes remaining.

Fight for the ball: Mikel Arteta fight with Kevin Nolan for the ball

Fight for the ball: Mikel Arteta fight with Kevin Nolan for the ball

Giroud fed Walcott, who timed his run to beat the offside trap, dart into the penalty area and beat the keeper with a low shot into the near post.

West Ham quickly spurned a chance to draw level when Nolan blasted over from 10 yards.

With 11 minutes left, Diame was replaced by Carlton Cole.

However, it was game over when, in the 83rd minute, the excellent Cazorla finally got his goal – lashing a sublime left-foot effort into the top-right corner from 25 yards.