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Unai Emery Using The Right Path For His Team

Arsenal star Henrikh Mkhitarayan has been confidently saying that Arsenal is on the correct path despite the two losses which took place towards the beginning of the season. The team knows where it’s heading. Mkhitarayan achieved one goal and helped the other one in 3-2 loss against Chelsea last weekend. Despite not achieving victory, the Armenian is quite happy with the approach shown by Unai Emery wherein it would play out from the back as it would work well in time. The team is not happy with the result; however, they know where they are going and how to buck up. They indeed had a tough schedule as they played Chelsea and Manchester City but they had to face this challenge, some day or the other.

Mkhitarayan said they did their best, but it is a game and winning and losing is a part of it. The best part is that they are positive and believe in themselves. This way, they would continue working hard and show ultimate results. It is only the initial few games that they lost, but there are many more to go. The team is doing its best now as Arsenal would play with West Ham and they would need a victory to being creating momentum under Emery as he inherits a team which scored 6th place in the Premier League last season.
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Belgium vs England Betting Preview

Belgium take on England in a crucial third place play-off match. Both teams have had a major disappointment in the semi-final as they were hoping to reach the final of the competition. However, even in third place finish will be positive for both teams. Belgium have never been to the semifinals in the past but this is one of the most talented teams of the World Cup. England have been able to reach the semifinals after World Cup 1990 but they were unable to win the title for the first time since 1966.

England have been less than spectacular so far in the tournament but there have been occasions when they have dismantled opposition – largely due to the brilliance of Harry Kane. Belgium, meanwhile, have been the opposite with the team dominating throughout the tournament – and even in the semi-final against France. Belgium are undoubtedly the favourites coming into the match. One of the strong points of Belgium is the ability to score goals and this talented team has a number of players like Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku on good form.
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Ray Parlour Urges Jack Wilshere To Consider Fresh Challenge

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes Jack Wilshere should following the route taken by compatriot Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the end of the campaign. The England international has just four months left on his existing deal at the Emirates Stadium, and Parlours feels the 26-year-old should pursue fresh pastures elsewhere.


In a report covered by The Star, Parlour suggested that Wilshere may have to consider his Gunners future, if he is to progress further in his playing career. He continued to take the example of Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has earned plenty of plaudits since leaving the Gunners for a move to Liverpool earlier in the summer.
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Jack Wilshere linked with shock switch to Liverpool

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been tipped to follow former Gunner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool at the end of the current campaign. The England international has just five months left on his existing deal at the Emirates Stadium, and talks over an extension are still ongoing between him and the club.

According to The Sun, Jurgen Klopp could make his second raid in as many seasons on the Gunners with Wilshere available on a free transfer, should he decline a new contract with the north London side. Wilshere become a regular under Arsene Wenger during Aaron Ramsey’s time on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, and his performances caught the eye of several pundits as well as national team coach Gareth Southgate.
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Wilshere Keen on Proving Fitness

Jack Wilshere has opened up on the surprise loan move to Bournemouth by saying that it is all about proving his quality. The Arsenal midfielder is a regular for England, but staying fit has been one of the biggest problems for the player.

Despite having made his Arsenal debut back in the 2008-09 season, he has made only 160 appearances for the gunners in nine seasons. Averaging less than 20 games per season is not good even for a player with Wilshere’s quality and Arsene Wenger has decided to try out another loan move for the player. (more…)

Where Arsenal Turns After Another Wilshere Injury

Jack Wilshere has gone under the knife once more (for another ankle injury), with The Guardian reporting that he’ll miss at least three months while recovering. Surgery was successful, but Arsenal is once again without one of its most promising and capable midfield options for the foreseeable future, and there’s a great deal of understandable frustration. Since showing so much potential at a young age, Wilshere has struggled to stay active for a long enough period of uninterrupted time to make the impact he’s capable of. But Wilshere’s promise and future aside, times just became tougher for the Gunners.

So how will Arsenal replace Wilshere and stay in (or at least near) contention in the next few months? Here’s a quick look ahead. (more…)

POINTS OVER POISE

Jack Wilshere reckons that securing three points is much more important for his team than looking beautiful on the pitch.

The Gunners have been known for playing beautiful brand of football, but, this season, quite often, they have looked sort of ugly and yesterday, it was no different either as facing Anderlecht in Europe, they somehow snatched the win from the jaws of defeat. (more…)

Cryuff intensifies rivalry

Former Barcelona manager Johan Cruyff has once again intensified the rivalry between Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho by saying that the former is significantly better than the current Chelsea manager. Guardiola and Mourinho have always been at loggerheads against each other with both managers being known for their different philosophies in football. Guardiola is someone who learnt his trade from Cruyff himself. During his time as the manager at Barcelona, Cruyff revolutionised the football and the club follows the path set down by him. The Dutchman is currently out of work after having recently left several clubs including Ajax after falling out.

However, Guardiola will probably have Cruyff in the highest possible esteem after the Dutchman gave him the debut at Barcelona. Guardiola went on to have an illustrious playing career during which time he also captained the Catalan club. It is not known whether playing in the Cruyff team influential Guardiola to also revolutionise football when he became the first team manager in 2008 by taking over at Barcelona. Over the next five years, he managed to take the team to incredible heights and they will probably be remembered as the best team in the history of football.

Cruyff says that Guardiola is a better manager because he tries to invent new things and revolutionise the game. “To me, it’s clear. Yes. Guardiola wants to make football better, to take his team to another level. Unlike Mourinho, he has also played in front of 100,000 fans. He makes the game the centre of attention; Mourinho only talks about his team, his qualities and his mentality. He played in the third team back then, and physically he was nothing, but he knew how to help himself with the right movement,” said Cruyff about Guardiola’s managerial skills and the reason for giving the Spaniard his debut.

Wenger Has Freedom In Formation

 

The midfield position in Arsenal is being contested between talented players such as: Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and the newest arrival to the team Alexis Sanchez who usually performs as a striker but can also be deployed as a winger.

 

Having so many players at his disposal Arsene Wenger has given a certain type of ultimatum or warning towards Jack Wilshere as the French tactician stated that this must be the year for Jack Wilshere to stand out and hopefully steer clear away from all the series of injuries that the English midfielder has been suffering from in these past seasons.

 

Injuries have always troubled Jack Wilshere as it made him unable to play for the entire season of 2011-12 and during the previous season he had to miss over 6 weeks of action after sustaining a hairline fracture on his left foot.

 

Wilshere is now recovered from the injuries and he made an impressive performance againstManchesterCityin the match that Arsenal claimed the Community Shield title. Even though Wilshere did not make a mark on the score-sheet he was still noticed during the 68 minutes he spent on the pitch before being replaced. The English midfielder provided his teammates with sleek passes and just seemed to be comfortable throughout the entire match.

 

It’s a great way to start the season not only for Arsene Wenger as he added another trophy to his closet but more importantly for Jack Wilshere as the Englishman needed a match of this caliber to prepare himself for what lies ahead.

 

Arsene Wenger believes that this year will be huge for Jack Wilshere as he is finally recovered from the string of injuries and now it’s his time to shine and turn into one of the main figures for Arsenal.

 

Wenger said: “It’s an important year for Jack, very important,” Wenger said. “He is only 22, but he has enough experience to say he is not a young player any more. This is a guy who starts games and is expected to make a difference at this stage of his career. For him, the problem until now was medical, but I think he is over it. This is the first time he has not missed a session since the start of the pre-season preparations. His ankle is fine and you can see he trains without restriction’’

 

This statement of Arsene Wenger will serve as a way to encourage Jack Wilshere to perform at his best but at the same time it’s also a certain type of ultimatum as Wenger is well aware of the fierce competition in the midfield that is being disputed between all the skillful players that are on the squad and Wilshere has to secure his place in the starting lineup of Wenger just like everyone else.

Wilshere Admires Scholes.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed his admiration for former England international Paul Scholes, who he thinks is one of the best midfielders of all-time. He says that he has been getting inspirational talk from the former Manchester United man who has not retired from all forms of football. Ironically, Scholes, who recently appeared as a pundit for the Swansea vs Arsenal match, criticised Wilshere heavily for his performances in the 2-2 draw with the Welsh outfit. According to the former United midfielder, Wilshere has not made a lot of progress when he burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old.

The midfielder, now a 22-year-old, has replied that he will be taking in positive criticism from the midfielder, who he thinks is the best. He says that he would have worried about his form had come from a poor player, but since it comes from one of the best in the world, he will take this in a positive manner. Wilshere is expected to be named in the England squad for the World Cup 2014. He will be one of the important players, but after having not played a World Cup previously, it will be uncharted territory for him.

England captain Steven Gerrard has stated in the past that he expects Wilshere to one day captain the team.

“I respect him so much and I think he can make a great coach for any young player. I am a young player, he has been there and done it so I wanted to hear what he had to say. If it had come from a rubbish player, I could say ‘what are you talking about?’, but it came from Paul Scholes, so I wanted to get to the bottom of it. I hurt a bit more when he did it [though],” said Wilshere.

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