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

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

Que?

Harsh
Harsh

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

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

Gunner From Another Mother
Gunner From Another Mother

Did you even read the article?

It Is What It Is
It Is What It Is

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

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

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

Thought we *all* were, in fact.

thought for the day
thought for the day

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 generally only follow EPL have heard of them, they consistently make it into the champions league but just fail to go further than Rnd. 16 or Quarter final and dont see them as that big team. Thats why it is difficult for us to sign big name player from aboard because they dont see us in the same light as Man Utd.
So in conclusion rather than finding nobody and waiting for them to turn into world class player, why not invest in established player who can do the job. Show to the league and rest of the world that we intend to compete in every competition, and frankly I didn’t know who Monaco were before they signed Falcao, but now I’m genuinely interested to see the progression and if their game happens to be on TV, i’ll watch it. I want the same kind ambition and intent shown by Arsenal by paying the required amount for an established player because a low-ball offer is just demeaning for both the club and the player involved. The board gives us all this hope of signing new faces but I see nothing to show that we mean business. To sum up my little rant, Arsene and the board members, “Action speaks louder than Words”.

CountLeaf

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

beaver
beaver

beaver eats wood….

+_+
+_+

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

I’ve removed some players I don’t think are part of the manager’s plan for the season ahead. Miyaichi and Frimpong are theone who may get playing time if they aren’t loaned out this season again. Also Miquel probably should be seen as part of the defensive force this season.

Right now it seems like we have only 19 first-team players we can really rely on this season. The team needs to be strenghtened now. Obviously we have some great prospects coming through the ranks, but we can’t expect them to be a solid part of a title challenging team. Because that is what we should be and have the potential to do now.

The parts we need to strenghten, according to me, are a versatile defender, defensive midfielder, a technical winger and a proper striker. We might possibly, depending wheater Wenger sees Szczesny as a dependable enough keeper, need a new goalkeeper as well.
So these are the ones I would like to see us bring in:
Julio Cesar (Great keeper who plays for a place in the Brazil squad in the World Cup where they are also the hosts. He would be greatly motivated.)

Capoue (who can play as a centre back as well. Together with Sagna we have enough cover both there and also at the defensive midfield.)

Bernard or McGeady (I would prefer Bernard but will he really settle in as well as we all hope? I doubt it. He is Brazil, doesn’t speak the same language as anyone else in the team and is really small. Might get a hard time in the much more physical Premier League. Despite that he is the exact player we need. The other choice might be McGeady who is reported to be unsettled in Russia and fancies a move to England. Would settle in better even though I don’t really know his qualities. Who else is a decent choice here? I really don’t know…)

Suarez, Lewandowski or Remy (Obviously it seems like we are going for Suarez here. We all know the story, brilliant player but a major cunt. Would it be better if he were our cunt? Maybe. Even though it’s highly unlikely I would like us to really get a go at Lewandowski. He’s got one year left on his contract and Dortmund has got to be willing to sell him to us instead of letting him go to Bayern next summer. The problem is that he probably doesn’t want to join us and prefers Bayern. A panic solution might be Loic Remy from QPR.)

What do you Gooners think about this? Nothing is written in stone here and I’d just be happy if we got anyone in at this point. Anyone who’s got two legs and can kick a football are welcome on board at my ship any day at this point. How did we get to this… Huh

Redondante
Redondante

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

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 bit let down.

But yes, DM, CB, striker then goalie and winger.

davidnewzealand
davidnewzealand

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 and Park unfortunately. There is the Jan window too if we get desperate. So everything on target…. as soon as we have those all important quality additions 🙂

J
J

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

weedwacker
weedwacker

I’ve been asleep. Did I miss anything?

Cele
Cele
bk
bk

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

don
don

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

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

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

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

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

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

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

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

Adam, Watford
Adam, Watford

” 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

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

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

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

Borgia
Borgia

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

AFCEdwards
AFCEdwards

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

Gunner From Another Mother
Gunner From Another Mother

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

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

Capital = Cazorla

bloody predictive text

Corona X
Corona X

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

+_+
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

Wigan want £20m, that’s not cheap.

Everton had £12m bid rejected

Arshavin's Dietician
Arshavin's Dietician

Wigan want £20m, that’s not cheap.

Everton had £12m bid rejected

Double Canister
Double Canister

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

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 off for 7m the season after
DM – Kondogbia
Winger – Some shit kid from Africa who can run but do little else. He’ll have a good spell in 2017, get a new contract worth 80k per week, and then we’ll never see him play for the first team again
ST – No-one

Total spend will be around £20m. We’ll just about squeak into fourth again, and Sagna, Santi, Poldi and Jack will be sold next summer. Theo, Mikel, Ramsey and Kos will follow them out in 2015.

Wow, I’m bitter today. Sorry about that guys.

twisted cuntloks
twisted cuntloks

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

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

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

@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

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

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

Sanogo has a fee attached so these stats are wrong.

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

jason
jason

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 change attitudes and peoples views on Arsenal.

Arshavin's Dietician
Arshavin's Dietician

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

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o'leary
o'leary

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

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 all a ruse and we have everything under control, but that seems less and less likely with each passing day.

As far as transfers go, I am hugely embarrassed by my club.

gunnergeorge
gunnergeorge

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

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

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 8-2 shock to get things in order, then I hope it happens at the Emirates Cup with Gonzalo Higauin scoring a hattrick on us.

shotgunner
shotgunner

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