Bentaleb has started our last two games and Lazaro featured for the first time on Saturday, replacing Yedlin early in the second half and looking assured throughout during his 40-minute cameo.
Here’s what the skipper’s had to say about both, suggesting both will be quality additions:
‘Everyone knows Nabil has quality..even the other day (against Oxford), it was his first game for a while but you could still see the quality he has.
He’s tidy on the ball. I know he’s going to offer us a lot. You can tell he’s got quality.
“Hopefully, it’ll be the same with Valentino.”
“He’s looked bright and energetic in training and he’s good on the ball.’
It’s a real shame Lazaro isn’t eligible to feature tomorrow night – with him and Rose signing AFTER our last meeting with Oxford – but positive to hear the club captain singing his praises already.
Loan deals are frustrating, but in Lazaro and Bentaleb we have two players who cost their parent clubs a combined £39m, so you’d expect them both to give us a real injection of quality.
With Yedlin struggling badly on Saturday, Shelvey out for a few weeks and Ritchie struggling to get forward, we could see all three January signings start at Arsenal next weekend.