Wilshere over Bale, any day of the week

Jack Arsene Wenger wouldn’t swap Jack Wilshere for Gareth Bale who has been tabbed as England and Arsenal’s saviour, backing the midfielder, who is an integral part of both country and club’s future plans and hopes, to achieve 100+ caps for England. 

As we head in to the North London Derby, all the talk has been about inform man Gareth Bale, who has single-handedly maintained the four-point lead Tottenham have over Arsenal on Sunday, and drawn comparisons with Europe’s best after his match-winning performances this season, although Wenger has brushed the hype aside.

The Arsenal boss reckons his own influential midfielder-maestro has limitless possibilities.

“Bale is the flavour of the moment. When you look at Wilshere, who will deny that this guy will get 100 caps for England? Nobody, if he has no injury.

“My worry is not to compare Wilshere with anyone else. My only worry when you are a footballer player of that talent is to become as good as you can become.

“That is the only thing that is of interest to me. I leave the comparisons to other people. My job is to get the best out of him.

“You tend to forget how old he is when you see him play. You never come out of a game and think ‘this guy is 21 years old’. He’s at a stage where the others have not started,” said Wenger.

“You think of Jack, an established player in the Premier League and at international level, that is still something special.”

Adding that Jack can become Arsenal’s long-term leader:”Jack breathes football. He doesn’t talk too much, but he understands everything.

“What he has exceeded is the speed of his physical fitness in the game. Honestly, I never expected that.”

Wenger also believes that there are goals to from Wilshere, who is yet to score in the Premier League this season.

“I believe it’s part of his development to play a bit more advanced,” the Arsenal boss said.

“In some games, he is more comfortable deeper. I believe he has a little dribble that can get him through in the final third and the finishing will come.

“He’s a bit in a situation like Fabregas was for a while. He said to me ‘but I cannot score goals’, however you could see that it would come.

“Jack doesn’t talk about it, but who doesn’t want to score goals? He is more a team player than a goalscorer.

“He will never be a goalscorer, but he can be capable to score.”

Arab takeover revealed and Arsenal’s response


Earlier, Arsenal were reported to have been targeted by a Middle East Investment group, who were lining up a bid of £1.5bn for the club.

The investors from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have been working for four months on organising this deal and were thought to be offering £20,000 per share, which should Kroenke sell his 66.83% stake in the club would see him net £830m. Considering he bought his shares for around £11,000 each this would mean a profit of £350m or there abouts.

Reportedly, they have planned a “total takeover” but should Usmanov not sell his 29.11% share they would be willing to work alongside him.

The consortium from the Middle East plan to wipe Arsenal’s £250m debt clean, while investing heavily in the transfer market and wage bill, with the intentions of keeping all the best players. Something Usmanov has insisted on doing himself.

However, Arsenal have since made a statement, saying they have received no approach from this consortium with regards to any takeover and claim that Silent Stan has no plans to sell.

Arsenal’s Communications Director, Mark Gonnella has said that, “Stan Kroenke is committed to Arsenal for the long term and has no intention of selling his stake.”

Adding that, “There has been no contact from any potential investors.”

However, the reports claim a bid is being lined up, suggesting there was yet to be any “contact” however whether any thing will come of this is another matter, especially with Kroenke and Usmanov wanting to stay long-term.

It was April 2011 when Kroenke sealed his £430m-plus takeover, to acquire the 66.83% share to give him overall control  of Arsenal.

Kroenke has previously stated that he was at Arsenal “for the long haul”, and judging by his involvement elsewhere he seems to be true to his word. The Kroenke Sports Enterprise Group has had a long-term involvement in several American sports clubs, including the Denver Nuggets of the NBA, the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, and the Colorado Rapids of the MLS.

Alisher Usmanov, does not currently have a seat on the board, and refused to sell to Kroenke insisting he wanted to be the man to have the overall control of Arsenal, and has been very critical of Kroenke’s plans since the American moved in.

Usmanov himself is one of the richest Russians around, richer than Chelsea’s Abramovich. Figures suggest Usmanov earns £12bn+ a year, to Abramovich’s £3bn.

Therefore reports that he is also unwilling to sell come as no surprise, with a source suggesting he is “not interested in cash incentives”.