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.
Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom has outrageously claimed that Jack Wilshere is one of the best English footballers of all time. Akpom, who is currently on a short-term loan with STVV, gave his surprise opinion shortly after a league game in the Jupiler league. Speaking to reporters, he said: “For me, Jack Wilshere is the best English footballer of all time. From Arsenal’s academy, he made it to the Premier League, and he became my idol. Jack is a natural talent, with an elegant control of the ball.”
Obviously, Wilshere has the natural ability of producing top-class performances on his day, but to compare him with some of the legends of the English game seems bizarre. The 26-year-old has had numerous injury concerns over his time at the Emirates, and this has hampered his progress to the point that the club were willing to offload him last summer. (more…)
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.
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.
There are strong rumours that Serie A champs Juventus are willing to pay for Jack Wilshere’s services. The Arsenal playmaker is yet to sign a new deal with the Emirates Stadium. He has been impressive in recent showings after returning from injury.
The 26-year old was reportedly offered a new deal but with a pay cut – well largely due to his injury proneness. Aside the uncertainty over the future of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, the club has a lot of issues to sort out. Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott recently left the club and Arsenal are set to sign Borussia Dortmund man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (more…)
Jack Wilshere needs to leave Arsenal if he wants regular first team football and the chance to make a claim for the England squad for the World Cup in Russia next year according to former Watford striker Odion Ighalo.
The 25-year-old midfielder was once seen as the future of English football but a series of crippling ankle injuries has seen his career stall over the past couple of seasons which culminated in a loan spell at Bournemouth last season.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that Jack Wilshere is hitting form in training as he prepares for his first appearance in the Gunners shirt this season.
The England international played no part in the club’s pre-season tour of Australia and China as he was recovering from a hairline fracture on his leg.
Wenger has opted to rest the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against Cologne, and the Frenchman has hinted that Wilshere could play a part in the game, he said: “There was always a huge pressure on him to come back as quickly as possible and to expect a lot. He’s on a good way in training. He’s getting stronger and stronger every day, and that’s what we want from him. He was injured at the start of the season from last season, so he was a bit behind the other players but he’s getting better and better. Every game is an opportunity for him and this season’s a good opportunity for him as well.” (more…)
Jack Wilshere has not played an official competitive match for Arsenal since April after picking up an ankle injury that has not allowed him to play for around 6 months. This injury has even forced Wilshere on staying out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers for England.
Arsene Wenger has recently voiced details concerning the current situation of the 25 year old English midfielder. (more…)
Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Ray Parlour has urged midfielder Jack Wilshere to make a switch to West Ham United during this summer’s transfer window.
The England international has recently recovered from his leg fracture sustained during his loan spell with Bournemouth last term.
Wilshere, now 25, faces a tough task of retaining a spot in the Gunners’ first-team, and he has been allowed to feature for the Under 23s side in order to prove his fitness. With less than a year left on his contract, the midfielder has not found any suitors willing to match his £20m valuation, and this could see him stuck in the Gunners’ squad for the summer at least.
Parlour, who was part of the Gunners’ Premier League-winning invincible squad in the 2003/04, believes the Hammers would be the perfect fit for a player of Wilshere’s calibre, he told TalkSPORT: West Ham would be a great fit for him. He’s got young children and you know if you go abroad he won’t be seeing them kids on a regular basis. He wants to be part of their lives growing up so he wants to stay in England if he can.West Ham would be a perfect fit, definitely.” (more…)
Arturo Vidal reckons Bayern Munich is already ahead of all the clubs in terms of quality, but, if his countryman Alexis Sanchez becomes a part of it, that will make it an even more efficient and powerful team.
Sanchez is presently at Arsenal and he’s been their most fruitful player in the recent seasons. They therefore are trying their best to keep hold of him and have put an extension proposal in front of him, but, the Chile international has not shown any hurry to pen it down yet.
Given Arsenal’s dependence on Sanchez, the chances are slim that they would entertain any bids coming for him this summer, but, if there is no agreement on the new deal, they won’t be able to stop him him from leaving for a long time because he would be out of contract once the 2017-18 season finishes and would then make his way out as a free agent.
Bayern is looking for some strong striking options to ease the pressure off their main striker Robert Lewandowski and because they have heard some great things about Sanchez from his countryman Vidal, they are eager to lure him to Munich. (more…)