I don’t think that the Arsenal manager has enough influence over the England national manager, but he was in deep conversation with Roy Hodgson ahead of England’s training session yesterday. The England team are using Arsenal’s training ground as they prepare for the two international friendlies against Chile and Germany and it seems that Wenger is taking the opportunity to make his case to Hodgson.
After a couple of slightly below par performances for Arsenal, Aaron Ramsey was back with a bang against Liverpool yesterday, proving that his scoring skills are here to stay. The Welshman has not been poor, but we have come to expect so much from him, that when his standards dropped back to that of a mere mortal, people started wondering whether his great start to the season was just a temporary purple patch.
The young Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere probably wishes that the English media and the world of Twitter would find something else to talk about at the minuted, because for the last week or so he has been embroiled in controversy, partly due to his own actions and partly due to misunderstanding and over-reaction.
There are two huge derby games being played today. As we know, Arsenal host Tottenham in what is already being billed as a massive game in who has the balance of power in north London, but before that there is the small matter of Liverpool vs Manchester United. With all the hype and history surrounding this match, I was surprised to read today in the Telegraph that the Liverpool captain has been talking about Luis Suarez and his possible move to Arsenal.
At the moment there is a lot of frustration involved with being an Arsenal fan. The latest source of frustration is the summer transfer window and the failure to sign Luis Suarez. Suarez plays for Liverpool who just a few years ago were finishing in 2nd place in the Premier League and were just a couple of points off the title. You cannot ignore the fact that Arsenal have fallen as a club in the last decade and what I am wondering is, will we end up exactly where Liverpool are now?
Arsenal fans are all too familiar with the suggestion that getting a player back from injury is like a new signing, so I am not trying to say that we do not need to sign any players, just that I think we are on the brink of seeing a huge benefit from having the England international star Jack Wilshere fully fit and raring to go this season.
The young Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has been continually over-hyped since his return to fitness this season, and has been hailed as the saviour of the England team and perhaps the catalyst that could finally win the World Cup for England for the first time in 48 years.
But the talented midfielder has tried to play down the expectations and says that Roy Hodgson’s side needs a whole team of stars to win a trophy and he simply can’t do it on his own. Wilshere said: “I don’t think one player can ever win a World Cup for a nation.
Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard is looking forward to playing alongside Arsenal’s very own Jack Wilshere in Wednesday’s friendly game against Brazil, and he firmly believes that the youngster will not only become a star for England but could end up being the best in the world!
“Jack’s got a bit of everything: he can tackle, pass, get up and down the pitch, create a goal or score a goal,” said Gerrard. “He ticks almost every box, and he’s going to get better and better. He’s only 21 and a fantastic talent, and we’re delighted he’s back. He has the potential to become one of the best in the world. I don’t want to put any pressure on him, but having played against him recently and seen him in training, he’s a one-off. He’s a lot better than your normal Premier League midfielder.
Arsenal have their captain back, and Thomas Vermaelen is calling for the Gunners to be clinical, as we have in the last two games. If Arsenal can get the elusive consistency they have lacked this season, then we should have no trouble clinching a top four spot.
Walcott< Giroud and Podolski will hope to run the Liverpool defence ragged and continue the great recent form. Wenger has not risked Diaby from the start, but picked Ramsey alongside Jack Wilshere in the middle, with Santi Cazorla back in his usual role behind the three front men.
It is surely just a matter of time before Jack Wilshere is the captain of Arsenal. Even Thomas Vermaelen probably thinks that Jack should get the job, and he will not feel bad handing over the armband, because Wilshere is already the leader in everything but name. Jack has spoken about it and revealed that he uses the Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard as a role model.
“I think that is part and parcel of my game. That’s the type of player I am.
Jack Wilshere got his first goal of the season for Arsenal last weekend, and would like to score more, obviously, but it is not something that the youngster is overly concerned about. His game is mainly focused in the middle of the park, linking the play left and right and helping the defence as well as the attack.
If Arsenal fans were beginning to worry about the gap left in the Gunner’s midfield by the sale of Alex Song to Barcelona, then Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ready to put their minds at ease. The Turkish international Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid was rumoured to be on the verge of signing a year long loan deal with Arsenal, but is now going to Liverpool so unless Arsene Wenger makes a nother move in to the transfer market before the end of the week, Song’s role will have to be filled from the existing squad.