Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Ox inspired by ‘better man’ Wilshere

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has tipped Jack Wilshere to have a big season at Arsenal now that he’s finally overcome the ankle problem which has hampered him for two years.

Having not completed a full pre-season schedule since 2010, Wilshere, who made a long awaited first team comeback last term only to require a further minor procedure six weeks ago, is set to be a major attraction on the club’s imminent tour of the Far East.

Talking to the Evening Standard on Tuesday at the launch of Arsenal’s new away kit, Chamberlain underlined the boost a fully fit Jack will bring to the squad.

“Jack is back in training and looking really good,” he said. “He is obviously coming away with us on tour and the fact he is looking so strong is good news for Arsenal and England.

“Hopefully, he can stay fit because he is an amazing player and can add a lot to our team. Is he the best kind of signing we can make? Yes.

“Everyone is important. Whenever you lose someone it dents the team in some way. If we can keep him fit, it will give us a lot more options and enhances competition for places.”

Paying tribute to his Arsenal and England teammate’s mental strength, the Ox also highlighted not just the player’s obvious qualities as a player but also the way he’s matured during his stint on the sidelines.

“One thing I have realised as he’s gone through this, he is a much stronger character on and off the pitch. He has learned from it and has become a better man for it. He does a lot of stuff now to prevent these things from happening.

“He works really hard and is the first one in and last one out of training. To come through something like that, having not been able to play for 17 months and always stay positive, is really mentally challenging but he did that really well. Last season he had a good stint in the team and now he is pushing on again.”

After a hectic summer schedule there’s a good chance Santi Cazorla will be eased into proceedings come the start of the season meaning it’s imperative that Wilshere hits the ground running when Villa visit on 17 August.

It’ll no doubt be a huge confidence boost to the young man if he can get through the coming weeks without any niggles. We can only watch on and hope that proves to be the case.

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Did he just call him a LANS?


Yep. But we had it coming.


Arsene’s already gone into ‘quality over quantity’ mode. Unfortunately, we need a pretty solid injection of both. I love that we’ve come through the stadium debt period with some dignity intact and that he deserves a chunk of the credit, but there really is no excuse to not invest this time. Maybe there’s some value to be had at the fag end of the window but it makes for a poor start to the season while everyone’s getting to know each other. And if we’re shopping for a guy to lead the line, that just makes it all the more… Read more »

Jack WiLANShere

You got a problem with that?


Let Wenger do his own dirty work.

Brian Mendoza

I couldn’t help but laugh when I read that part at how Wengerish it sounds. Seems the gaffer’s mannerisms are rubbing off on the team hahaha.

Merlin's Panini

Ox is clearly being groomed as a future manager!


I’ve always dreaded this moment. One of the players calling his fellow player a “LANS” and the timing where we haven’t signed any world class player isnt helping.

(SSWCFFS) Sign someone world class FFS!


susrez or higuan please. i prefer suarez he already kno the premier leaque, higuan will take time to adapt .


suarez is impossible to root for as a human, but no doubt he’s world-class

Mills (the other one)

He means Fernando Susrez, the next big thing

Dick Swiveller

Higuain is more of what we actually need as well, Suarez is less than clinical.

Gooner in Spain

His teething problems are the only thing that actually gets to me.

The whole racism case was a bunch of bullocks, negrito in Spanish does not come close to being as derogatory as the n-word in English and is even used as a term of endearment in many parts of Latin America. My (very dark) Colombian roommate actually calls himself negrito bacano.

His ‘gamesmanship’ is no worse than Bale or countless other players.

He’s a top player, should he come to Arsenal I personally will be a happy man and fully support him.

Gooner in Spain

Sorry, that being said Higgs is definitely the better option at even money, with the price Liverpool wantfor Suarez they mine as well hold on to him.

Dick Swiveller

And I’m sure he was using it in an affectionate manner as he was fully respectful of Evra after a fine sporting performance, I know I would be nothing but happy at that point and be purely complimentary.


It still doesn’t seem to add up. Although to refer to someone as ‘black’ here is not commonly regarded as offensive, it’s not easy to imagine a natural context where it would be necessary to draw attention to skin colour on a football field.

That said, he didn’t kill anyone, so he can still straighten things out by his future actions. Let’s just have the integrity to not try and rewrite history if he does come.


If we sign SUAREZ we will have to bring in IVANOVIC aswell, so no.

Get me higuain.

twisted cuntloks

Higuain for me. a better finisher imo

Ryo Fan

An interesting read and also why I would dread it if we signed Suarez. There’s also another post discussing the available strikers on the market and Higuain statistically the best available. Even better than Cavani.

Merlin's Panini

I would rather have Susrez (whoever he is) than Suarez.


Arteta captain, Wilshere vice-captain

Dr Baptiste

While I’d agree with this in a couple of years, how about we just let him play football for a while without the added pressure of the vice-captaincy.

twisted cuntloks

Fucking hell, wenger has brain washed the whole damn squad to say LANS ! with that in mind Diaby will be like a new signing for 28th time.

remember the invincibles, because we aren't good anymore

Jack Wilshere. He wears the same shirt as Bergkamp. He’s cut from the same cloth.


I’d settle for Gareth Barry right now.

Just tell me the whole ‘this year will be different’ is a load of shit now and I can pretend I hate football for a while. I’m fed up of checking on here 5 times a day to see if we’ve signed Hig.


Merlin's Panini

You should never settle for Gary Barry. You’re better than that.


you did not just gareth ba *washes mouth. *jumps off building


you don’t get very far being sardonic.


LANS!!! I’m still waiting for ANS (actual new signings)…. Preferably Higuain Capoue and Cesc

twisted cuntloks

As much as I love Cesc, this will not happen. He stated quite clearly when this bullshit started first time round that he was going nowhere.

Newsnow is awash with this garbage which is so frustrating because many sites jump on the bang wagon.

these sites just want us all to click their link so they can earn revenue. Whether the story is true or false, they don’t care.

Bang wagon.

More jumps than a band wagon.


Horrible to see the doctrine is being pressed so even the players themselves think that they are ‘New Signings” when they return from injury.

It’s vomit inducing


Why? It happens at every club that it can happen at. Just a couple of hours ago Dawson said that Kaboul would be “like a new signing”.


Actually, in Spurs’s case I agree. It is vomit inducing.




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