Wilshere ready for a flying start

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Jack Wilshere says he’s probably 80 per cent fit after the tour of Asia but believes the Emirates Cup and Arsenal’s friendly with Manchester City will have him and the rest of the squad ready to start the season ‘flying’.

The 21-year-old, who is enjoying his first full pre-season since 2010, has shown no sign of discomfort following the removal of screws from his ankle three months ago and believes he’s well placed for the year ahead.

“I felt better and better every game,” he told Arsenal Player.

“It’s difficult with the conditions. You struggle to catch your breath. The performances [in Asia] got better every game and the opposition got harder every game so it’s good preparation.

“We’ve got the Emirates Cup coming up now and then Man City [in Helsinki] and then the season starts so we’re going to be flying.

“I’m probably 80 per cent fit. We’ve got a couple more tests and then we’ll be ready.”

Looking back on a hectic but productive couple of weeks in the Far East, the England midfielder also took the time to praise younger teammates who not only enjoyed game time but also turned a few heads.

“I remember when I was their age,” he continued.

“It’s good to come away and get used to being around the first team and learning from the manager, who is good at bringing young players in and breaking them in slowly.

“They’ve done well and hopefully they can get in the Emirates Cup squad and really show the home crowd what they can do.”

It’s heartening to hear Jack is feeling upbeat about the squad’s preparations, they’ll need to be on their toes in three weeks time for the first-leg of our very important Champions League qualification double-header.

Arsenal won’t find out who they face until Friday 9 August, but as one of the seeded sides the following are all possible opponents:

Real Sociedad (Spain) – team of Carlos ‘Mr Chips’ Vela
Pacos de Ferreira (Portugal) – nicknamed the Beavers
Salzburg (Austria) OR Fenerbahce (Turkey) – the Red Bulls who don’t have Henry OR match-fixing cheats who sold us Andre Santos
PAOK Salonika (Greece) OR Metalist Kharkiv (Ukraine) – beat us in UEFA Cup ’97 OR team of exiled South Americans (11 of squad either Argentine or Brazilian)
PSV Eindhoven (Holland) OR Zulte Waregem (Belgium) – managed by Philip Cocu’s freakishly pointy nose OR …err, no idea.

…now back to the tumbleweed.

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Mooro
Mooro
6 years ago

Would love a bit of Beaver action.

Although I’m more of Brest man normally.

It Is What It Is
It Is What It Is
6 years ago
Reply to  Mooro

Que?

Harsh
Harsh
6 years ago

this might be off topic, but whatever happened about that champions league qualifier??
when is it going to be played and aginst whome we are playing??

Joe
Joe
6 years ago
Reply to  Harsh

That’s what all the random facts at the bottom are about

Gunner From Another Mother
Gunner From Another Mother
6 years ago
Reply to  Harsh

Did you even read the article?

It Is What It Is
It Is What It Is
6 years ago
Reply to  Mooro

Just seen the reference, thought you were overexcited about nothing…

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson
6 years ago
Reply to  Mooro

s’funny, thought you were more of an Arse man.

Thought we *all* were, in fact.

thought for the day
thought for the day
6 years ago
Reply to  Mooro

Arsenal are a big team with big ambition and we fans completely agree to that mentality, but lets put Arsenal in a perspective of a fan following La Liga or Seria A. Its difficult for them acknowledge Arsenal in the same ranks as Man Utd, Chelsea, Barca, Juventus, Real Mad.,Bayern even PSG. Its because, the only time they see Arsenal in the champions league the team fails to produce when facing proclaimed big teams such as Barca, Bayern, AC Milan, etc. So Arsenal are to them(La Liga or Seria A fans) what Valencia or Florentina is to us, we who… Read more »

CountLeaf
6 years ago

neither Valencia nor Fiorentina consistenly make it to the cl, that’d be for starters.

beaver
beaver
6 years ago
Reply to  Mooro

beaver eats wood….

+_+
+_+
6 years ago

Not much news today, as usual… But we really need to sign some players now. We only have 17 first-team players who are fit enough to play at the start of the season. How the fuck is that possible? Obviously we have youngsters who might be ready to make the step up but we can’t and shouldn’t rely on that. The first team players presented at the official website are the following: Keepers (2): Szczesny Fabianski Defenders (7): Jenkinson Sagna Mertesacker Vermaelen Koscielny Monreal Gibbs Midfielders (6): Arteta Ramsey Wilshere Rosicky Oxlade-Chamberlain Santi Cazorla Strikers (4): Podolski Giroud Walcott Sanogo… Read more »

Redondante
Redondante
6 years ago
Reply to  +_+

McGeady? Aiden McGeady? Have you watched him play football much? Lewandowski’s already signed a contract with Bayern. ‘Anyone who’s got two legs and can kick a football are welcome on board at my ship any day at this point.’ I don’t understand this (extremely common) attitude. It’s only worth getting what’s better than what we’ve already got. Great signings don’t have to happen as early as they did last season – 2 years ago it took until the last 2 days of the transfer window to get Mertesacker and Arteta, who’ve been essential first team players ever since.

Cele
Cele
6 years ago
Reply to  +_+

Don’t know a thing about Capoue, but I think this is a good selection. As for the winger, I’m with you. This video of Bernard got me pretty excited ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb05QPFhqp4 ) but I’ve just seen Goal (Pfa!!) reporting, unfortunately along with less obscene sources, that a bid by Shahktar’s been accepted. Either way I’d be really excited by McGeady, I’ve heard good things about him and I think it’d be fantastic to have a good Irish player in the first team again. I don’t see Lewandowski coming, but obviously it be a coup. As for Remy I’d feel a… Read more »

davidnewzealand
davidnewzealand
6 years ago
Reply to  +_+

I think its good that we are down to 19 players we believe can realistically do a shift for us. With 3 quality additions we are up to 22 , giving us 2 players per position. To give us 4 more squad players Arsene will need to choose the best from the remaining bum fluff maybe Girvinho and Ryo and a couple of the best of our youth players perhaps Eisefeld and Gnabry. 25 or 26 is plenty. We are stuck with Diaby this season and may just have to put up with one or two hanging about like Bendtner… Read more »

J
J
6 years ago
Reply to  +_+

Your use of brackets is as incorrect as it is excessive. As for Aiden McGeady, are you high?

weedwacker
weedwacker
6 years ago

I’ve been asleep. Did I miss anything?

Cele
Cele
6 years ago
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bk
bk
6 years ago

Would rather not face PSV. Seems strongest of the group. Not ideal with such a thin squad.

don
don
6 years ago

Hopefully having a flying preseason will help. Got a feeling giroud will carry on his current form come season start. Also be great to have jack from the start. . Coyg

Mooro
Mooro
6 years ago

So…Madrid going large on Cheatah, apparently leaving us the only show in town for Suarez. Much like it was with Higuain after Juve signed Tevez, so what could possibly go wrong??

But just in case, time to show we mean business. No more fuckin about. Show the world we’re not a bunch of incompetent bumbling fools when it comes to transfers.

Let’s get that £40,000,002 bid in right away. That’ll do it.

Mayor
6 years ago

My man, just stay fit. That’ll go a long way in making this season a success.

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag
6 years ago

I want PAOK, I remember being a kid losing to that lot in 97′. We went on to win the league….Actually maybe losing would be a good thing.

Aamir
Aamir
6 years ago

I would prefer Pacos or Salzburg.
Regardless we should be able to easily dispatch any of those teams.

thought for the day
thought for the day
6 years ago
Reply to  Aamir

I would like Arsenal to face the strongest team, it will put a mentality on the team that no match in europe is an easy one and if they can’t beat the likes of PSV then they can’t expect to beat Bayern.

twisted cuntloks
twisted cuntloks
6 years ago

great news Jack, fingers crossed you stay fit for the season, you will be awesome.

Adam, Watford
Adam, Watford
6 years ago

” I remember when I was their age . . . ” – Old man Wilshere.

Good grief !!!!! Did that strike anyone else as a little incongruous ????
It’s not a criticism but more an observation !

😀

DangerMouse
DangerMouse
6 years ago

I’ve seen Mc Geady many times for Ireland. Alas he’s in the Gervinho mould. Does so much right before making a total cock of the final ball. You never know what he’ll do next. Alas neither does he.

tytee
tytee
6 years ago

can’t we get this guy instead plz ? pretty plz ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh1aSQTgdig

Borgia
Borgia
6 years ago

Zulte Waregem – Hazard’s younger brother Thorgan plays for them and apparently he’s been ripping it up!

AFCEdwards
AFCEdwards
6 years ago
Reply to  Borgia

He hasn’t. Much like his brother, he is incredibly overhyped.

Gunner From Another Mother
Gunner From Another Mother
6 years ago
Reply to  AFCEdwards

Overhyped? Hazard is quality. I WISH we had someone in our side who could dribble and beat their man like him…

Arshavin's Dietician
Arshavin's Dietician
6 years ago

I’ll think your find capital has some of the best dribbling feet in the premier league!!

P!$$ off you spurs troll

Arshavin's Dietician
Arshavin's Dietician
6 years ago

Capital = Cazorla

bloody predictive text

Corona X
Corona X
6 years ago

McGeady? Really??! I realize us fans are desperate for signings, but DUDE! Some perspective is needed. Not even Sp*rs would fancy McGeady. Agree with the rest of your post though (which is why I didn’t thumb you down).

Double Canister
Double Canister
6 years ago

+_+
As folks have said above, McGeedy isn’t an Arsenal level player. Did you mean McCarthy as a DM?
He is a player we could easily get, and cheap too. He would be only a squad player as Arteta and Rambo (and Diaby, I know!) would be ahead of him.
Promote the iceman and either loan Dench to a team that will play him (Ipswich) or keep him.

Arshavin's Dietician
Arshavin's Dietician
6 years ago

Wigan want £20m, that’s not cheap.

Everton had £12m bid rejected

Arshavin's Dietician
Arshavin's Dietician
6 years ago

Wigan want £20m, that’s not cheap.

Everton had £12m bid rejected

Double Canister
Double Canister
6 years ago

Blogs,
When is CL squad deadline day?
Do we have enough players for the CL squad i. e. 25 first team players – I don’t think so.
There will be a last minute deadline day spending spree.

RadCarrot
RadCarrot
6 years ago

Who I’d like to get? GK – Cesar DM – Fellaini (I’d cream my pants if we made a last-minute go for him tomorrow, as that’s when his sell-out clause expires) Winger – Bernard CB – Williams ST – Martinez (going to Napoli, probably) or Imbrahimovic would be good! Who are we going to get? GK – No-one CB – Some 18 year old frenchie who no-one has ever heard of, but is dubbed ‘The new Jamie Carragher’. He won’t be any good for the first two seasons, but we’ll come to rely on him in 2016 before flogging him… Read more »

twisted cuntloks
twisted cuntloks
6 years ago
Reply to  RadCarrot

you are not bitter, you come across as frustrated by what has happened these past 6/7/8 years and what potentially could happen this summer.

I live in hope that wenger will see the light and he reinforces the team correctly but I will be mega pissed off if he brings in a bunch of squillacis and chamakhs again.

Overmars
Overmars
6 years ago

Lamela is a better winger and he plays for Roma who we are selling Gervinho to. So Cesar, Capoue, Lamela or Bernard, Suarez minimum. But Wenger will definitely sign an unknown or someone from left field.

If the signings are of the quality of Cazorla, BFG & Podolski I’ll be happy.

Gunsen Gunner
Gunsen Gunner
6 years ago

I wish i shared your optimism Jack but i think we may have another push-start season unless we strengthen very,very, very soon. I like that photo though, could be our front five in five years time.

JB
JB
6 years ago

@thought for the day.
You must be a new Gooner since you didn’t know Monaco FC was the home to for two of the greatest characters, Wenger and Henry. That’s your lesson for the day.

Truth
Truth
6 years ago

Amount Spent by the Premier League Teams In Descending Order.
1. Man City – 111 m
2. Chelsea – 33m
3. Norwich City- 28.5m
4. Tottenham – 27.9m
5. Liverpool – 26.8m
6. Southhampton – 24.5m
7. Swansea City- 23.2m
8. Sunderland – 21.7m
9. West Ham Utd – 17.5m
10. Aston Villa – 12.3m
11. Everton – 11m
12. Cardiff City – 10.4m
13. Hull City – 8.5m
14. Crystal Palace – 8.3m
15. Fulham FC – 7.0m
16. Stoke City – 3.6m
17. Man Utd – 1.75m
18. West Brom – 0.0m
19. Arsenal FC – 0.0m
20. Newcastle Utd – 0.0m

*m=millions of pounds
All Data recent up until July 30,2013
reference *transfermrkt

Arshavin's Dietician
Arshavin's Dietician
6 years ago
Reply to  Truth

Sanogo has a fee attached so these stats are wrong.

It looks like we are going to have to pay £450,000

Arshavin's Dietician
Arshavin's Dietician
6 years ago
Reply to  Truth

Sanogo has a fee attached so these stats are wrong.

It looks like we are going to have to pay £450,000

jason
jason
6 years ago

If our squad stays the same we are in threat of falling out of the top 4, lets be realistic here Spurs were only 1 point behind us last season and they are actually making the effort to sign players. Now people like myself underestimate Liverpool but they are bringing in some good young players they could be a threat. So all the good feeling and hype for change after scraping the top 4 last season is slowly dying away, we needed to sign top quality players to ad to the positive feeling of last season, it was important to… Read more »

Arshavin's Dietician
Arshavin's Dietician
6 years ago
Reply to  jason

Well spurs are going lose their 20 points a season man in Bale.

Liverpool are terrible, still living off their 80’s success.

Personally I think we have more chance of going up the table than down it

o'leary
o'leary
6 years ago

Personally, the fact that none of the “actual” first teamers leaving the club already puts us in good stead for the coming season, I will be ok if we did not get anyone because we aren’t losing anyone important, if we put less priority on the cups (including ecl), I am confident of a title challenge

Finsbury Park Gooner
Finsbury Park Gooner
6 years ago
Reply to  o'leary

I agree it’s great we haven’t lost any of our 1st-team players, but if at this moment in time you’re confident of a title challenge, I think you might need waking up. We will accrue injuries throughout the season and if we haven’t reinforced with proper quality by the end of the window, those injuries will trip us up, just as they do every single year. I’m staying calm for now, but the way we’ve conducted our business this summer has made us an even bigger laughing stock than we were before, if that’s possible. It’s tempting to think it’s… Read more »

gunnergeorge
gunnergeorge
6 years ago

Embarrassed by what? We are the only club in the top 4 that doesn’t have a sugar daddy or a pile of debt or both. We don’t have a granny banger, or a trained chimp, or borrow from the russian mafia. It might be a bit conservative and boring but we are a well run club that we.should be proud of

gunnergeorge
gunnergeorge
6 years ago

Embarrassed by what? We are the only club in the top 4 that doesn’t have a sugar daddy or a pile of debt or both. We don’t have a granny banger, or a trained chimp, or borrow from the russian mafia. It might be a bit conservative and boring but we are a well run club that we.should be proud of

2013-2014 = 2003-2004
2013-2014 = 2003-2004
6 years ago

Can’t believe we let Feillaini’s buyout clause at only GBP22mm expire last night. If he ends up re-joining Moyes at ManUtd it’ll be a disaster. All the optmistic talk by Jack, Kieran, Olivier and co. is great to hear. But what’s it going to take for Arsenal to choose to strengthen the squad? Another 8-2 result in mid-August? The panick that onset after the 8-2 in August’2011 is what led to Arsene wasting a ton of cash (not to mention the opportunity cost of signing someone better) on Andre Santos and ChuYoung Park. If it is going to take another… Read more »

shotgunner
shotgunner
6 years ago

Very dreary reading.. I bet you all the other major club owners in the world wish they were run like us