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.”

Jack Wilshere is Inspired

Jack Inspired

Jack Wilshere is inspired by Chelsea’s journey last season in the Champions League, ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Bayern Munich. 

Despite a disappointing season domestically, Chelsea won the prestigious trophy after some gruelling matches, including Barcelona, where a 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp saw them through to the final, Napoli, where they came from 3-1 down in the first leg, and Bayern Munich, who they beat on penalties in the final, at the Allianz Arena; Bayern Munich’s own ground.

The Arsenal star claims that Chelsea’s success can provide him and his team-mates with inspiration and determination to overcome one of the tournaments favourites, Bayern Munich, who are 15 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

“I think that was an inspiration for everyone,” Jack told http://www.arsenal.com. “They weren’t having a good season and they got a bit lucky in some games but showed great character.

“We need to do that now. We need to come together as a team. We’ve got good leaders here. We’ve got a good team atmosphere here and I think that’s going to help us now.”

Arsenal suffered their second defeat of the season to lower league opposition, for the first time under Wenger being knocked out of both domestic cups to Bradford and on Saturday Blackburn. Wilshere is hopes the disappointment can galvanise the team for the Bayern game.

“It’s not ideal to go into a game like that after the loss [against Blackburn] but we have to show our character now,” he said. “ We’ve done it before so we know what we can do. We’ve beaten big European teams here before so we need to do that again.

“We need a good defensive display and then we need to counter them well. They’ve got a good defensive unit as well so it’s going to be an interesting game and we look forward to it.

“ We’ve got a good bunch of lads in the dressing room. They’re winners as well. We’ve got the likes of Podolski and Arteta. Players like that are winners – they want to win.

“The fans are always great, especially in Europe. I think they love the European nights here and we need everybody behind us.”

Best of luck, Jack.

Wilshere Wait Over

Jack Wilshere, is set for an imminent return to the first team. Any week now expect to see him back in the first team squad, if not playing. It’s almost a certainty that he will get a start in the Capital One Cup, against Reading on the 30th October, perhaps he’ll even play prior to that game at home to QPR in the league. Nobody knows. And when someone knows, ie Wenger. Nobody else will know anyway. Not ’til the time comes at least.

A strong performance against Reading U21’s for Arsenal U21’s has certainly done him no harm in a potential bid to return to first team action by the end of the month. Banfield reported post-match that he had made a ‘big improvement’ from even the week before, and that he was continually getting better everyday in training. Positive. During the match he played a pivotal role in both goals, with crucial balls to players who were then easily able to set up another team-mate. Gnarby and Akpom the goalscorers.

Vermaelen like all of us fans, is delighted at the prospect of Jack’s return. Claiming that in his “first full season… he was amazing” and that he has the potential to “be one of the best midfielders in the world.”

Verm added that “He’s working on his match fitness and that’s the most important thing.” as well as what all of us Gunners are hoping for, “I think in the future [he] will lift the team.” and what a lift it and he could prove to be. A good start to the season considering who we’ve played, and the boost in confidence, not to forget footballing ability that Jack will provide us with is undeniable. A probable 3 pronged midfield with Arteta, Wilshere and best-summer-buy-2012 Cazorla. Likelihood of this to be the case has increased with Diaby’s most recent injury putting him on the sidelines for a period longer than when Jack will hopefully return. Albeit a close call.

In other injury news, Bacary Sagna, a man reported today to be a target of Inter Milan, also played in the U21’s game after 5 months out, after another broken leg. I expect he’ll make a return sooner than Jack, although you can never be certain. Especially what with Jenko playing really well, but we do have a lot of games after the international period, with a return to a game every 3/4 days routine starting at Norwich, then hosting Schalke midweek, QPR at the weekend, the following week at Reading, then a crucial Premier League game that weekend against Manchester United at Old Trafford. And we’ll be in need of getting something there, or we’ll be falling behind further, and although we’d have had the hardest run-in, it will undoubtedly create a pressure or stress for us to do well in all the other games. A situation in which you’d be forgiven for thinking we’ll crumble. Based on past experiences. It seems we play best in a nothing to lose scenario; unfortunately.


Jack Wilshere Returns to Full Training


Although it’s likely to be another month until we see the young star back in action for the first team. And even longer before he’s back to his best. After a lengthy absence – over a year in fact – Jack has finally started to resume full training with the first team, after set-back, after set-back.

Last year before the 2011/2012 campaign kicked off, during pre-season he suffered an ankle injury which put him on the sidelines for 6 months. So we thought. But this already long period was set to be extended when Jack attempted to return to training, but too soon and instead of returning to training he was returning to the injury table. Every update we received from the Arsenal and Wenger, put his return date later and later. In fact this happened every month nearly from then on.

We were then told in late March/early April that if Mr. Wilshere hadn’t started a game for Arsenal by mid-April, his season would be over. Including Euro 2012, and the London Olympics. Two competitions that he as a young, English, professional, was eager to play in. Unfortunately we discovered, as if we didn’t expect, that this would be the case, and he’d have to say bye-bye to his Major International Competition aspirations for another 2 years, and the fact he wouldn’t play for Arsenal until next season would have been a blow to the knee. Speaking of which, this was the problem. Jack had suffered a knee injury, a separate injury from his ankle, but surely one that was caused by the first; as we’ve seen so many times with so many players. It was reported he would have surgery in May and hop to return for pre-season or the start of this season, 2012.

When greeted with questions on Jack’s return in August, Wenger stated that he and Jack had decided to take a slower and more cautious approach to his return, in an attempt to regain his full fitness without risking another injury, for what would be the second time. We were told he’d return at the end of September, but a week or two later that was revised to October, and since then again it has been revised to late October/early November. Nonetheless, he is back in training, and the most important thing is that Jack Wilshere IS returning and WILL be playing for Arsenal THIS season.