Will Jack Wilshere find another club?

The downfall of Jack Wilshere, can it get any worse?

From the potential to become an Arsenal legend to running about in a park to maintain fitness, the latest decline of Jack Wilshere’s career has taken a big hit!

As playing time and injuries were impacting him greatly in maintaining a place at the club, Arsenal let him go after ten years at the club from 2008-2018 where he spent the 2010 season and the 2016/17 seasons on loan at Bolton and Bournemouth.

Being widely remembered for his role in the team goal against the win over Norwich at the Emirates back in 2013, a sublime team move ended with Wilshere starting the scoring in what would be a 4-1 win. Having then suffered a number of injuries and setbacks at his time at the club, it was finally time to say goodbye to the boy that joined us at the age of nine back in 2001 with our academy and made his senior debut back in September 2008.

He didn’t have to go far though, making the move from North to East London where he joined up with West Ham and remained there for two years making16 appearances for them before sadly, during the latest transfer window, along with the club, coming to a mutual agreement to release him from his duties after he fell down the pecking order although he was injury free for the last eight months.

This has now left Jack without a club and searching for his next targets. But he hasn’t let it bring him down, instead he has been keeping up his fitness at a local park by training with his organisation NCF Elites.

It is sad that such a potential talent is now being wasted away in the local park, but I am sure the right club will come calling and we will once again see the talent that Jack has at his disposal. Here’s hoping for his sake anyway, Gooners?

Santi Cazorla’s Nightmare Injury and Arsenal’s Brilliant Contract Gesture

Santi Cazorla has recently revealed the regret he feels for not being able to leave Arsenal with a proper sound-off to his fans, and that he received a special contract gesture from long-time manager, Arsene Wenger. The 33-year-old became part of Villarreal during the summer months after a long, two-year battle where he saw very little real play-time thanks to a series of injuries.

Over the last few months, the Spaniard was forced to endure a number of surgeries in the hope that he’d be back on the field in full form, despite the many times he was told that time on the football pitch was most likely never going to happen again.

Despite the numerous setbacks that Cazorla has faced these last two seasons, he’s back in the playing field once again, and has been a part of all three of Villarreal’s league games so far this season. His success, however, hasn’t changed the regret that he feels for not having the chance to give a proper goodbye to his fans, or that his exit from the Gunners didn’t go down as smoothly as he had hoped. Transfers and contract terminations are never fun, and can affect fans, teammates, and even things like live AFL betting.

Cazorla’s Time at Arsenal

When questioned about remaining at Arsenal for the summer, Cazorla explained that it wasn’t possible; that the club had been very open and honest with him. His statement also reveals that he was hoping to let Arsenal see him and his performance on the pitch, but they wanted to put a team together as quickly as possible, and there wasn’t any room left for the player.

Apart from the mix up, Cazorla added that his time with Arsenal; experiencing their friendliness and their willingness to help him made him form a connection with the club that he will always have, and that not being a part of the games at Emirates will always be one of his regrets.

Wenger’s Surprise Gesture

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had offered Cazorla a new contract renewal that would have been for the 2016-2017 season, despite the manager knowing that the Spaniard would not be able to take part in any games for a while. He explained that Wenger had always supported him, and that his renewal of his contract before the start of his first operation was a heart-warming gesture.

The gesture provided the peace of mind that Cazorla desperately needed at the time, and allowed him to focus on his rehabilitation without the fear of going back into the football world without any work, or the possibility of finding a new contract mid-season.

That just shows how highly Cazorla was thought of at the club. Respect!

Does this mean Arsenal’s Wilshere is OVER his injury problems?

The injury problems that have beset the playing career of the midfield star Jack Wilshere, for both Arsenal and his international career with England, have been well documented and they are almost too numerous and various to go into. But if he could put them behind him there is still plenty of time for the talented 25-year old to have a stellar career for club and country.

However, there is a much held belief that Wilshere is one of those players who is simply injury prone and will be in and out of the treatment room all the time, and if that is the case it will be almost as frustrating for us Arsenal fans as for the player himself, because we all know what he is capable of.

But there may be signs that these problems are over once and for all, barring the odd impact injury and bad luck. Some of Jack’s problems have been of this variety already, like the leg fracture he picked up on the pitch with Bournemouth last season, but many have come through seemingly innocuous incidents or setbacks on the road to recovery and it is these we need to cut out.

Wilshere himself has admitted in an Arsenal.com report that his fitness levels may not always have been up to the standard required and if this is true it could be the reason behind many of his injuries, while declaring that he is now in the best shape of his life and if feeling very positive about the future.

He said, “When I first broke into the first team, even looking back when I was 16, you take things for granted. I was training every day and when you’re a 16-year-old, you can do that.

“As you get older your body changes, you pick up injuries, you have to be more careful with certain situations and it makes you stronger as well. I’ve always loved playing football and that’s what I wanted to do.

“Of course there’s been times when it’s been tough, when you’re injured and you wake up in the morning, you think ‘Oh I’ve got to go to training, all the other lads are training, you’ve got to go to the gym’. That makes you stronger and it makes you appreciate it more and try and do everything you can to keep fit and keep on the pitch.

“I always hear the boss say it is my first five-metre burst, when I receive the ball and to get away from defenders and I feel that’s getting better and better each day. I feel like the way to improve that is in games when you’re playing against opposition that want to win and want to win the ball back and you have to be able to keep the ball.

“That’s coming back and my fitness levels, if I’m honest, are probably the best they’ve ever been. I look at my numbers after the game and I’ve been out for four months and I’m not the one who hasn’t run the most. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t run the most, we’ve got a lot of players that do that, but my numbers are good so I’m happy.”

I will be happy as well if his new fitness levels stop him getting another injury that could well spell the end of his time as a Gunner. So have we now got a great player who will be able to play all season and help Arsenal to win a major trophy or two?

Carroll threat to make Ospina injury GOOD NEWS for Arsenal

The fact that Arsenal, and many other big clubs in the Premier League and around Europe, have a good standard international keeper as the second choice in our squad, shows just how important the man behind the sticks is. It used to be that any goalie as good as the Colombia national side´s number 1 would not be happy playing second fiddle, but that is what David Ospina has to accept with Petr Cech our first choice.

This makes it even harder for the player in the number three spot to get a game, but Arsene Wenger has tried to give our Argentinean stopper Emiliano Martinez some game time when he can and has also sent the 24-year old out on loan a few times, which is good news for the Gunners with the Daily Mail reporting that Ospina has joined Cech in the Arsenal treatment room.

Hopefully Martinez feels confident going in to this evening’s home game against West Ham and his clean sheets for us this season in three League cup ties will certainly help. What may help even more, though, and I am talking about the team as well as the player, is his height of 6ft 4in.

That just happens to be the same height as the West Ham striker and number one danger Andy Carroll. If the much shorter Ospina had been fit to play you know that Carroll and West Ham would have targeted that weakness. As it is the stature of Martinez should help the Gunners to cope with our opponent’s main threat and that could be a reall bonus.

Injury updates in FAVOUR of Arsenal for a change

Arsenal fans usually spend any international break in dread of losing more of our players to what is almost always a lengthy injury list, but for once Arsene Wenger has seen all of the Arsenal stars involved for their respective national sides return to north London without any problems.

On top of that the Gunners currently have a smaller injury list than most of our Premier League rivals, even though two of those on it, Petr Cech and Santi Cazorla, are two very key players for us. However, we have to see the manager’s latest injury update on the Arsenal website as a positive one.

He said, “We have lost Petr Cech at West Brom – he will not be fit for Sunday. Apart from that Cazorla, Lucas as well is not fit. That should basically be it.

“[Lucas] has a thigh problem.

“I think [Cech] could miss Sunday and Wednesday against West Ham. He may be available again after.

“Unfortunately no. I think the season is over for [Cazorla].

“[Mesut] is, yes. He is in contention to start again. He played 20 minutes with Germany in Azerbaijan and he came back focused and worked very hard this week.”

So Wenger will be able to field a strong starting line-up for the crucial Premier League game against Man City on Sunday and will also have a strong bench of subs to call on. Our opponents, according to physioroom.com, could be without some big players with Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Sagna and Zabaleta all doubts, while Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus are long term absentees.

The international break, while being good to the Gunners, also hurt our rivals, with Liverpool losing Adam Lallana, Everton losing Coleman and Man United losing Smalling, Jones and possibly Fellaini. The question now is whether the respective injury situations will help Arsenal get back into the top four?

Alexis’ ‘terrible’ ankle to ruin rest of Arsenal’s season?

There is no doubt that Arsenal are in a real dogfight to finish in the top four Premier League places and keep the remarkable record of getting into the Champions League in every full season with Arsene Wenger as manager. The Gunners also have the small matter of an FA cup trophy to challenge for.

A win in the final at Wembley in May would make both Arsenal and our manager the record winners of the famous old cup and that would definitely make this disappointing season a lot easier for us all to bear, but in a dogfight you need fighters and it is crystal clear that our biggest warrior out there on the pitch is Alexis sanchez.

Unfortunately for the Gunners he may not be able to feature on the pitch for a while, after a bad tackle in the West Brom away loss left his ankle in a pretty bashed up condition, as the boss revealed in his post match comments reported by the Arsenal website.

Wenger said, “He was injured from the tackle in the first half. It was a bad tackle. His ankle is in an absolutely terrible state. He should not have played in the second half but he insisted that he wanted to come out. In the first half he was the one who created many chances, made dangerous situations and in the second half you could see that he couldn’t anymore. In the end we had to take him off. He should not even have played in the second half.

“Chile goes to Argentina for a massive game but they play only next week and if it’s only a kick, he will play. If the ligament is damaged, he will not play.”

If the ligament is damaged it will not be just Chile who miss out. Would that spell the end of any hopes for Arsenal to finish the season with something?

Is Arsenal or Man United injury crisis worse for EPL clash?

There is no doubt that the big game of the Premier League weekend is the trip of Arsenal to face our old rivals Manchester United, and with all of the other main players in the EPL title race playing games after us that we really expect them to win it is a hugely important away game for Arsene Wenger and his players.

As usual, however, the month of November has thrown a number of problems at the Gunners and the manager has revealed in the press conference which you can see in full on the Arsenal website that our brilliant young defender Hector Bellerin will miss the trip to Old Trafford and around the next four weeks of action as the Spanish international has an ankle problem.

That makes it six Arsenal first teamers in the treatment room as Santi Cazorla is not yet back in training and Mertesacker, Welbeck, Akpom and Lucas Perez are still out. According to the sports injury website physioroom.com we are no worse off than United though, as Mourinho is also without six players.

Two of those are Wayne Rooney and Antonio Valencia and there is a good chance that one or both could play against Arsenal, so is our situation worse? I do not think so personally as they are without Smalling and Bailly which weakens their defence and their centre forward Ibrahimovic is banned so United have problems at both ends of the pitch.

They have been struggling for form as well so I reckon Arsenal still go into this game as the favourites, but can we make this advantage count and come back to London with all three points?

BANG! Arsenal defence in shreds as Gabriel out for TWO months

I am not sure exactly what the Arsenal and Brazil international defender Gabriel thinks is bad news, but maybe he is just glad that the ankle problem he picked up in the dying seconds of our pre-season win over Manchester City is not as long term as the knee problem affecting his Arsenal teammate Per Mertesacker.

Earlier today Gabriel seemed to suggest there was good news about his injury, as he took to scoial media to say that he was feeling better and it was not a big problem. Maybe not as big as Mertesacker’s reported five months on the sidelines I suppose, but BBC Sport have reported that the Brazilian is going to miss 6-8 weeks, so I would say that is pretty bad wouldn’t you?

What is certain is that the Arsenal boss has got a real problem as he prepares to kick off the latest Premier League title challenge without his three main centre backs, although our France international Laurent Koscielny could be ready for the second game of the season away to Leicester City next weekend.

So will Arsenal now move fast to sign a central defender, with the Valencia and Germany star Shkodran Mustafi said to be top of the list? Or will he rely on Koscielny, our young defenders Chambers and Holding and perhaps a bit of squad rotation with the full backs and others like Coquelin and Bielik?

Cazorla fitness a blow too far for Arsenal?

Arsene Wenger was already aware that he would be missing quite a few of his key players when Arsenal kick off the new Premier League season against Liverpool next weekend. Because of their prolonged involvement at Euro 2016 with Wales, Germany and France, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud were due to come back to London Colney too late to feature in that first game.

Then we got the bad news about Per Mertesacker having to have an operation on his knee as well as the concern that an ankle problem would keep Alexis Sanchez out as well, so it was already looking like a tough start for the Gunners, but that is now even worse after the manager explained that our Spanish midfield maestro Santi Cazorla was not going to be ready either, as reported by Metro.

After the Spaniard’s first pre-season appearance in America Wenger said, ‘At the moment he is not completely there on the fitness front. That’s why I took him off at half-time.

‘He’s a bit behind the others physically but I think he will be alright, maybe not on Aug. 15, but at the end of August he should be alright.’

So not only do Arsenal have that difficult opening game to navigate without Cazorla, but we may not have him for the next game against Leicester and maybe even the trip to Watford, so is this one fitness blow too far for Arsenal to cope with?

BOOM! Double boost for Arsenal on Alexis Sanchez

There is always plenty for Arsenal fans to worry about and just recently there have been a couple of reasons to be concerned about one of our best players Alexis Sanchez. But today it appears that these are two things that we can stop stressing about at least.

Some Arsenal transfer rumours have been suggesting that the Chile international star is a transfer target of the Italian club Juventus and also that our striker wanted to make the transfer to the Serie A champions. The Sun has now revealed that the sporting director of Juventus himself, Giuseppe Marotta, has now admitted that they have had their transfer interest slapped away by Arsenal.

Apparently they offered well over £30 million for the Chilean after being told his price but Arsene Wenger then rejected it out of hand, so it looks like we will not be losing the striker after all. There was also a concern about his fitness for the start of Arsenal’s Premier League title challenge though, after he picked up an ankle injury in the Copa America final.

That fear has also been eased by an Evening Standard report in which Sanchez himself declares it is much better along with a picture showing all the swelling and bruising to be gone.

Great news Gooners!