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Jack is NOT back for Arsenal

The news that Jack Wilshere is taking longer than expected to recover from his ankle injury will have Arsenal fans feeling an icy sensation of dread, as the last time we heard that sort of thing, it was 17 months on the sidelines for the Gunners star.

According to Metro, medical staff at Arsenal are concerned that the 21-year old midfielder is not responding to treatment as they would expect. His return from injury has been postponed again, apparently, so he will not be available for the Norwich game and may not be ready until late April, if that!!

Celtic admit they will struggle to keep Arsenal target Wanyama

Victor Wanyama is one of the players linked with a summer transfer to Arsenal to fill the troublesome position of defensive midfielder, and his manager at Celtic, Neil Lennon, admitted that they are not too confident of being able to keep the 21-year old at Parkhead for another season. The manager was speaking after Celtic went out of the Champions League following defeat by Juventus last night.

“That’s going to be very difficult,” said Lennon.

“I think some of them want to progress their careers, maybe outside of Scotland. It’s difficult to stop that progression.

Don’t blame the Arsenal Defenders!

Defensive Frailties by PW

As you have invited thoughts from Gooners these are mine.

Sunday’s result was our local derby and means far more to them than us so I tend to dismiss it as another defeat and much less serious than defeats to Norwich (who were on the crest of a slump when we played them), Bradford and Blackburn which were morale sapping.

But once again the same problem was evident in this defeat as others- rank bad defending. To allow Bale and then Lennon to run free with no Arsenal player within 10 yards poses serious questions.

Wenger – Arsenal were the much better team

Arsenal suffered their third defeat in four games yesterday to leave them seven points behind Tottenham with just ten games remaining in the Premier League, and the Gunners now face an uphill battle to get back into the Top Four and qualify for the Champions League.

Spurs two goals came in rapid succession at the end of the first half, and were nearly identical in the way that Bale and Lennon beat the off-side trap, but according to Arsene Wenger his team should have already been two goals ahead at that point in the game.

Tottenham vs. Arsenal review Gunners lose a close encounter!

Abou Diaby did not recover to make the Arsenal squad, so Arsene Wenger chose to start Aaron Ramsey alongside Arteta with Wilshere in his more advanced role. It was clear from the start that Ramsey would play his normal game and not just try to stop Bale from influencing the game.

It was a good and fast start from the Gunners, and there was no sign of the nerves that have afflicted then in a few big games. Walcott, Giroud and Ramsey all nearly got free on goal in the first 10 minutes. We were dominating possession and looking to attack, while closing down Spurs well.

Will Wenger set Arsenal up right to beat Bale and Tottenham?

How Arsenal can beat Tottenham, but will Wenger act? by JG

Following a huge disappointment last night, when West Ham ran out of steam in the last 20 minutes, and Sam did not bring on the subs quickly enough, our manager must see that the one man team we play this weekend can be stopped. Lennon was hardly in the game and our traitor of a striker was again very poor. However, Bale is on fire.

Arsenal need to move fast to beat United to Wanyama

Arsenal are workinh hard to bring at least two quality players to the Emirates before the transfer window closes in just over a week. Most people seem to think that one of these will be a striker, with David Villa and Stevan Jovetic two possible transfer targets. The other is likely to be a defensive midfielder, possibly a player in the same mould as Abou Diaby. With the club also short on centre backs, Arsene Wenger may well opt for a player who can also fill that position in an emergency.

Celtic brace for Arsenal bid for Wanyama?

After Arsene Wenger declared that the club are ready to spend some serious money in the January transfer window, some clubs will be dreading the phone ringing as they may be about to lose one of their best players to the Gunners. One of these clubs is Celtic, the Scottish champions, and the manager Neil Lennon is going to try to persuade his Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama to sign a new contract with the club in order to keep clubs like Arsenal at bay.

Can Arsenal beat Man United to Celtic star Wanyama?

Celtic are understandably keen to hold on to their Kenyan midfield star Victor Wanyama, but they face a tough task fighting off interest from Arsenal and Manchester United. The 21-year old, whose best position is as a central defensive midfielder, was catapulted on to the world stage with two outstanding performances against Barcelona in the Champions league.

Celtic were unlucky to come away from the Nou Camp with nothing after Barcelona came from behind and scored a winner with almost the last kick of the game. Wanyama was even better at Celtic Park, effectively stopping Barcelona’s one touch midfielders and scoring the opening goal. That is why Neil Lennon has suggested that his value has increased from the million they paid for him last summer to around £20 million now.

Tottenham also have Injury worries ahead of Arsenal game

Arsenal have been struggling with injury problems since the start of the season (where have I heard that before), and the Premier league game against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday is potentially a season decider. If Arsenal lose to Spurs, confidence will drop further and we will be four points behind them and in mid table, needing a miracle to even qualify for the Champions league.

Arsenal and Man United considering bids for versatile Celtic star

It is being reported today that the versatile Celtic defender/midfielder Victor Wanyama is the subject of a battle between the two Premiership giants Arsenal and Manchester United. The Kenyan international can play in virtually any defensive position which would make him a positive addition to any side in the Premiership.

Talksport today reveals that both clubs have been scouting the 21 year-old, and were both present during Celtic’s recent 2-1 Champions League win over HJK Helsinki, and although Neil Lennon is keen to keep hold of the big, strong youngster, Wanyama has made it clear that he would love a move to the Premiership.

Celtic to offer captains armband to Sol Campbell?

The Celtic manager Neil Lennon is pulling out all the stops to convince Sol Campbell to move to Parkhead next season, and he has even suggested that he will take the captaincy off Scott Brown if Campbell agrees to move to Scotland.

When Lennon was asked about whether Brown would still be captain next season, he quickly turned the conversation back to Campbell.

He said: “That could change over the next few weeks. I have not made a decision one way or the other.”