The news will not surprise Arsenal fans, but could be seen as a bit of a kick in the teeth for some of the other young players in the England international set up. Roy Hodgson has picked a squad to face Brazil in a friendly next week, but has left out a number of younger players, who will drop back down to the under 21s for the upcoming European championships this summer. Wilshere is not one of them, because he has already proved himself for club and country.
Arsenal are having a battle with Theo Walcott over signing a new contract, and as the January transfer window draws ever closer, us Gooners are starting to think that we will soon be waving a not so fond farewell to our speedy winger cum striker. Arsene Wenger has professed his frustration, and I cannot blame him, because we could be losing one of the most influential players at the club, the man who made such an impression on Lionel Messi, the best player to ever walk the earth, that he described Walcott as the most dangerous player he has ever seen.
The hype surrounding the young Crystal Palace player, Wilfried Zaha, is reaching epic proportions. Arsenal fans out there should just sit back, relax and watch the circus, because there is more chance of Nicklas Bendtner beating Ronaldo and Messi to the Ballon D’Or than there is of Arsenal signing Zaha in January.
I like the kid, he is a very good player and should have a bright future ahead of him. He is, however, only 20-years old, has not played 100 league games in the second tier of English football yet, and has just been given his first international cap in a friendly, as an 83rd minute substitute. Oh, and Palace are talking about £20 million.
There have been numerous rumours lately that the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is intending to use Liverpool’s interest in buying Theo Walcott to persuade the Reds to do a swap involving Raheem Sterling, who is also currently in contract negotiations at Anfield ahead of his 18th birthday next month.
There have been rumblings that Sterling has so far been unimpressed with the terms of his new contract (a la Walcott) and would consider a move to Arsenal, but when asked about a possible swap deal the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers denied any chance of Sterling refusing the contract and moving away from Liverpool who he says are on of the biggest clubs in the world!
I think Raheem Sterling has done very well this season and seems to have a bright future ahead of him, but Arsenal have somebody better, Theo Walcott. When I saw reports today suggesting that Arsene Wenger was going to offer Walcott and £8 million to Liverpool for their 17-year old winger, I nearly spat lager all over my laptop.
The story was in The Sun, so there may be nothing in it, I hope not. Wenger did say that he would get a big name player in if Walcott did leave, but he also said that he wants to keep him. Another brilliant display from Walcott today adds weight to his side of the contract negotiations, and Wenger knows that. The manager did say that his performance proved that he does want to remain at Arsenal.
Promoting Gnabry by KJ
The Walcott contract situation is dragging on now and even though I remain optimistic, we need to prepare ourselves for the worst. Walcott could potentially be sold in the January window, forcing Wenger to promote German wunderkind, Serge Gnabry.
He was bought from Stuttgart for about £100,000 in 2010. He was able to play during the 2011-2012 season for the club with the U-18s. Eventually, he was fast-tracked into the reserve side after massively impressing the staff at Arsenal football club. His ability was far beyond most at his age and deserved the dramatic step up after only a year at the club.
The QPR youngster Raheem Sterling is considered one of the most promising young strikers in English football a the moment, and today’s Sun says that he is close to agreeing to sign for Arsenal after talking to the Gunners youth supremo Liam Brady.
It seems that Liverpool and Man City have also made overtures to QPR, who could expect about £750,000 in compensation, but Arsenal are now favourites to sign him, especially as he won’t have to move from his home in North London.