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The ‘Next Wilshere’ signs on! The Real One is back as is Frimpong & and just four left in the sick bay….

Morning Gooners, it’s all good news today.

Firstly, 17 year old Academy scholar Jack Jebb, a young player who is expected to take the Jack Wilshere path rather than the David Bentley one, has signed professional terms with the Club.

He’s a London born and bred player who is described as a technically-gifted central midfielder who joined Arsenal’s academy a year early and has reaped the rewards, making his breakthrough into the under-18 side last season.  He’s also represented England at both under-16 and under-17 level.

The real Jack Wilshere, well finally he is back in full training, as is Emmanuel Frimpong!

The boys are back….

That truly is a wonderful sight!

It’s been a long time since we have seen both of of those two young men playing the game they love and I strongly suspect that both are as thrilled to be back, as we are to see them.

Another photograph from the official site speaks volumes in my mind.

Happy Chappies??

Theo Walcott really looks happy alongside Jack and Alex doesn’t he, maybe the return of his mate Jack will make him see sense and finally realise that money doesn’t always bring happiness.

We are a club on the up, a club that can give him trophies in the future, a club that will give him all he needs in football, he just needs to wake up and realise that and sign his new contract.

The return of Frimpong is equally as important as Wilshere, especially after the recent comments that Francis Coquelin has made. Frimpong loves our club, he wants to play only for our club and there is no way he will be saying any time soon that if he’s not played, he will think about moving on.

So if Le Coq thinks he needs to be playing, then he either needs to start performing when he gets the chance and prove himself, or standby and watch Frimpong push him out – because in my opinion, he will.

Things were already looking good, but after yesterday, they are looking even better. The return of the two young men means that now we have only four players left needing treatment and all four are very close to a return, although the extent of Szczesny’s injury is yet to be confirmed as is the injury to Fabianski.

Both Tomas Rosicky and Bacary Sagna are 2/3 weeks away from a return.

Just how strong will we be then?

That’s it for another day, have a good one all…..

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203 comments on “The ‘Next Wilshere’ signs on! The Real One is back as is Frimpong & and just four left in the sick bay….

  1. Morning all,

    What great news to cheer up a dampish Friday morning.

    Great news not only for Arsenal, but for England as well. I know we all moan about International games being played at important times in the calender but the England team does matter and to see Arsenal players, like the three pictured above, plus Gibbs being included in future squads will help to raise the profile of Arsenal as a club and help put a stop to the negative comments in the press.

  2. Morning all,

    What a fight it will soon be for the places in midfield… Can only be good….

  3. Good comment JW i agree, Nice one Rico no wonder your happy lifted my spirits too.

  4. And Jack Jebb is meant to be sheer class……

  5. Morning all…nice uplifting post!

  6. Morning JW, Steve & Lee…

    It’s a playtex post today ;)

  7. morning all…..great news on the lads coming back…… jack jebb?

  8. eventually, with jack, rosicky,ramsey, coquelin,frimpong, arteta, diaby,cazorla.. we will have without doubt best midfield in the league..but…if we never rotate or sub ..it wont matter..our guys will be exhausted and underperform, or pick up injuries..we cant afford that with arteta and cazorla in particular—not that great if we dont use our depth
    .. ……… five matches, and our most irreplaceable players have almost all played the full 90 mins..koscielny back,santos available. jenkinsons young and could use rest also soon..Cazorla and Verm played in their internationals as well.
    Vermaelen is captain, does it mean he has to play every single match, full 90? we have the best 3 cb’s in the league also, so use the third occasionally.

    . —-you see how tired the team was in second half at Montpellier…use the squad, and keep everybody happy.

  9. Seriously though, I am really excited about Frimps coming back, less twitter, more focus and we could see a super little player. He’s strong both mentally and physically.

    Under Bould he will become far more disciplined….

  10. Gotta go, six mile walk in the rain beckons. Oh! the joys of retirement.

  11. Good morning Rico et al.

    It’s great to see our treatment room is finally beginning to clear out. Though I don’t expect we’ll see much of Wilshere or Frimpong until October. I’ll also be interested to see Rosicky play with Cazorla.

    I understand Arsene is trying to arrange some behind closed door friendkies to get Wilshere and the others some game time before throwing them in at the deep end in a competitive game.

  12. Hi bondex,

    When afc had their own television programme they used to show all the reserve/youth matches. I watched Jebb back then and he looked a real talent.

    Haven’t seen him recently but he really is meant to be something special…

  13. I would say enjoy it JW ;)

    Hi CG – I agree we won’t see either too soon, but just seeing them training and not reading ‘Jack suffers setback’ will keep us happy.

    We don’t need to rush either back which makes a change, normally as soon as they kick a ball they are back, but our squad is deeper in strength, and all being well it will stay like that…

    Next is Tomas and Bac….

  14. Jack Jebb is the next Jack Jebb.

    Comparing him to Jack Wilshere just puts more pressure on the lad and makes it less likely that he will become as good as Jack Wilshere.

  15. I am so glad 4 those 2 lads.Better days are ahead for us.

  16. Hi NT,

    I’m not so sure we were tired in the second half on Tuesday, we just made it hard for ourselves by misplacing passes too often. Had we been able to keep the ball we would have dictated the game at our own pace but hey ho, we won in the end..

    Totally agree re rotation and this season we have the depth to do that properly… I suspect we will see that when we face Coventry but for Man City and Chelsea we need to stick with the side that has been doing well imho…

  17. richhudsonsmith – where have i actually compared him to Jack Wilshere, did you read the post??

  18. Morning all Gooners!!

  19. Rico — “It’s a playtex post today.” Is that a product placement advert?

    I am looking forward to the start of the Capital One Cup, as I hope to see some of the Academy and revamped U21 league stars such as Chuba Akpom. It is nice to see some of our brightest youngsters that I have only read about in articles by the likes of Jeorge Bird and Jamie Sanderson.

  20. Oh what a great news…… I feel like dancing

  21. Morning Scott..

    Ha ha CG….

    Certainly be interesting to see who AW plays in the CO Cup..

  22. Good morning Scott. I hope our recent wins have been the tonic you needed to recover.

    I meant to ask you earlier, what breed of canines are you racing?

  23. Morning Rico and all. Jebb sounds like a good ‘un. We are slowly getting some depth in midfield so we must all hope that Jack’s recovery goes smoothly. I still have questions but there is a good vibe about at the moment so I will stow them away for another time.

  24. Dance away Hi-zik….

    Morning Adam.

    The next two PL fixtures should answer your questions….

  25. Rico. You know I am a long termist :)

  26. Errr, Rico…. the heading describes him as “the next Jack Wilshere”. If that’s not comparing one Jack to the other then I don’t know what is!

  27. Yes, but the punctuation speaks volumes and changes the intention of the statement.

  28. :lol: Adam

    Errrrr Rupe, and the post explains why, it has nothing to do with their style of play, it is the expected path in their career. The ” ” around Jack kind of hints as such…

  29. The exclamation marks should be taken as quoting a way in which he has previously been referred to. Rico never compares him to Jack Wilshire. It is just a headline.

  30. They are all out today eh…………. comment on a headline without reading the article……!!

    Was that RockHudson on earlier..?

    Morning all…….!

  31. Adam, I know what a stickler you are for punctuation! ;)

  32. Lee. You have me sussed my friend. :)

  33. ‎50 shades of Basildon..

    Even though he only had one tattoo I yearned for him to fill those lonely hours between Jeremy Kyle and Loose Women.
    As he approached his smile told me it was benefit day and I knew my Lonsdale top would be hanging off the lamp shade tonight. As I stood in line at the Job Centre a sweet smell filled the air. It was a mixture of weed, B.O and Lynx Africa. I turned around and there was John. Our eyes met and he was soon lifting me onto the wheelie bins outside Lidls. There was a tramp watching but it just added to the mystery. I knew it was love when i could feel the cold edge of his sovereign ring rubbing the ring of my arsehole and i knew my life would never be the same again!

  34. Lee. I am glad you used an exclamation mark there. Like this! :)

  35. Glad to hear we have another ” jack ” in the making

  36. to be honest not sure will get back in a midfield roll.we are very strong there now

  37. Lee. Is this a quote or a personal recollection?
    If it is a quote then where is the punctuation to indicate this?

  38. Rico — Will your “playtex post” become part of the Highbury House lexicon, like AGAG’s “oozing Cazorlove”?

  39. Adam, if you are a true blagger you’ll be sporting a new wristwatch when I see you next! ;)

  40. Or Stan’s quite repulsive but persistent “creaming”.

  41. I think your onto a winner there Lee ! You’ll sell millions of copies in Essex alone…!

  42. Lee. I can remember exactly what you were wearing, but I bet you can’t remember the watch I was sporting :)

  43. Lee — I am not sure what “50 shades of Basildon..” has to do with Arsenal or today’s post, but thank you for the good read and chuckle.

  44. I doubt it CG ;)

  45. And there was me thinking you would just post ‘Village’ Lee….

  46. Was it a snide though Lee?

  47. Talking of tattoo’s, I see Lukas wants an AFC one…

  48. Long as he gets the proper cannon Rico and not that new rubbish….! ;-)

  49. Perish the thought of you sporting a Jekyll watch.

  50. Funny enough Lee I was thinking just this morning about chopping it in for a green one I have seen recently. Cheaper than a new motor.

  51. If you get the green one never wear it in front of Mrs Lee or you may never see it again! Just a heads up mate….

  52. Sent you a mail Lee.

  53. Agree there Wath, not keen on the new badge either….

    Those tow boys have lost me ;)

  54. They talking about swatches Rico…..!

  55. Ah, the Swatches, I have a few of those Wath… All very colourful

  56. CG..i am back to about 90% health,and i race greyhounds.

  57. You must be bloody quick Scott!

  58. Scott — Good to hear your nearly back among the healthy.

  59. Just got slow dogs Lee :)

  60. morning rico and fellow gooners.

    great to see the lads getting fit while the team grinds out results. without overstating boulde’s impact i think a couple of seasons in this ‘new’ arsenal could lead to a more technically sound frimpong and that is frightening in the BEST way possible.

  61. Morning b1727, sure is – just need Giroud to start scoring and the way City defended against Real Madrid, that could happen this Sunday…

  62. Blame the trainer not the dogs……………… ;-)

  63. Who to face Citeh, Kos or Merts??

  64. Buy Mbiwa and Demba Ba in Jan for a combined 14M. Give Djorou as part of the Mbiwa Exchange, and Charmak as part of the Demba exchange then have an FA Cup and Capital team like this:

    Manone/Fabianski
    Jenkinson, Koscienly, Mbiwa, Santos

    Wilshere, Coq, Rosicky

    Walcot, Demba Ba, Arshavin.

    Leaves you with:
    Schezny
    Sagna, Meter, Verm, Gibbs

    Arteta, Diaby, Carzola

    AOC, Gervi, Podolski

    Joint Substitutes include: Giroud, Frimpong, Esterfield, Miquel, Gnaby and a few oter young stars

    Obviously, people can flow from one team to the other, but this highlights a good level of depth and AFC are just one or two players away from very good quality depth in each position.

  65. Once Giroud scores his first goal, the floodgates will open. Gibbs and Jenks have greatly improved their crossing of the ball. Gibbs had two great assists on Southampton’s two OGs and Jenks’ great assist on Gervinho’s goal vs. Montpellier. If they can learn to cross to Giroud’s head we are away to the races. Giroud or whoever else is in shooting position will have ‘s hopballs laid on a plate for them.

    Let’s hope the team can lay waste to Abu Dabhi Citeh and truly make it the Wastelands.

  66. Ches is out for 2/3 weeks then according to AW

  67. Arsène Wenger has revealed the latest team news ahead of the Manchester City game.

    on Emmanuel Frimpong…

    He is a bit in front of Jack [Wilshere] on match fitness. He has worked a very, very long time and he is ready.

    on Rosicky and Sagna…

    Sagna is one week away from full training, and Rosicky two.

  68. Wath,but i am training on a budget and paying off a new stadium…it’s a tough gig lol.

  69. Scott — Does your stadium have a corporate box for Highbury House?

  70. Touche Scott…………… nice one lol

  71. Yes CG…cigars and cognac at the ready.
    Thank you Wath…

  72. I think so too Cg, but the longer the drought goes on, more pressure he will put on himself. Really hope he gets off the mark soon…

  73. Javi – I think most of us would be happy with those suggested additions, but Mbiwa wants to join AC Milan…

  74. I see Nasri will not be fit for Sunday’s game. A convenient hamstring injury. More likely, after riding the pine (siiting on the bench) as the Americans say, the splinters in his posterior have festered. Oh well, we’ll just have wait for the return match.

    http://www.espn.co.uk/football/sport/story/171165.html?CMP=OTC-RSS

  75. He got crocked against Real Cg and was subbed, shame eh…

  76. Have to feel sorry for the Totts last night, 3 goals disallowed….

    Shame eh ;)

  77. Rico — While I never wish or hope for players to get injured, I regard incidents like that as karma. What goes around comes around.

  78. Rico,i am still crying.
    Yes,tears of joy are streaming down my face……??

  79. “Shame eh”; I certainly wont lose sleep over either of situations. I’ll sleep like the proverbial baby.

  80. Ha ha Cg, there are a few, and he is one of them, who I don’t feel sorry for when they get injured. There is another who shall remain nameless….. ;)

    Popping off for an hour… Catch up shortly

  81. :lol: Scott/Cg….

  82. Rico — ‘He’ who shall not be named has his turn coming. I can feel it in my aging bones and maybe he will too. There is an international ‘break’ coming up soon. That usually does it for him.

  83. Rico — As I have said before; anything, within reason of course, for the Lady of the House. We will try to oblige.

  84. Good Afternoon my Esteemed Fellow Gunners.

    Good to see the return of Jack and Frimps. Looking forward to seeing them against Coventry maybe.

    Safe to say that it might be this line up I think…..

    Shea
    Jenkinson,Djorou, Koscielny,Santos
    Ramsey,Giroud,Walcott

    did I leave anyone out??? Arshavin and Chamack are not going to stay are they???

  85. Oh yes I did leave out……Coquelin,Frimpong and Wilshere.

  86. So the line up should read…..

    Shea
    Jenkinson,Djourou,Koscielny,Santos
    Coquelin,Frimpong,Walcott
    Ramsey,Giruod,Walcott

  87. Hmmmmm.seems as if everyone is taking a nap.

    Laters.

  88. DG — It’s like that when we have nothing to rile us into a lather. The banter is flying back and forth, then it’s as if everyone nods of at their keyboards.

    Onthat note, I’m of to the Land of Nod. Have a good day fellow Gooners.

  89. Afternoon all …….

    http://sportinglife.com/football/news/article/165/8096699/ganso-seals-sao-paulo-move

    They can’t afford Denilson, but the can afford the player that we were allegedly looking at?

  90. Sorry Devil…i am watching the mighty Sydney Swans spanking Collingwood to qualify for the AFL(aussie rles) Grand Final!!!!
    Massive night for the bloods!!?

  91. SYG- good observation on the Sao Paulo deal.

  92. Sorry TSGH, no idea why that comment went into spam…. Very weird… your out now !

  93. Sooo quiet. :) :) Hello, all! Good to see LJ and Pingpong again. They both look very trim :)

  94. I can’t wait for the sequel, ’50 Shades of Dagenham’.
    Then the trilogy, ‘It Happened at Gants Hill’.
    It Happened Again at Gants Hill’.
    And.
    ‘Above and Beyond Barking, The Final Reckoning’…

  95. Afternoon guys and gals….

    Have I messed any news?

  96. You haven’t messed anything, rico. :D :D Howdy?

  97. Hey Shopping Buddy, how’s things in S.E.Asia..?

    My wallet is in recovery, so nothing on the purchases front sadly…

    Jack jebb, Jon Toral, Kris Olssen, three quality midfield talents.
    Our Academy is really in overdrive when it comes to technically gifted players…

  98. Hiya, AK? How are you? And what are those titles about? How could those possibly find any readership? ;)

  99. The Epilogue AK is The Chicks from Chigwell…..

  100. Afternoon Gooners.
    Afternoon Rico. I’ve not fallen off the roof yet… ;-)
    Finishing it off today, thankfully, as i don’t like heights…

  101. My purse is forever in the sick bay, AK. ;) :D At least, yours is recovering.

    Still rainy-ish here. :(

  102. I know the one Wath, Harold Robbinesque i believe… ;-)

  103. Coach…… Yennaris at right-back, we can’t risk Jenks…

  104. Coach, your 12.35, is Walcott’s twin brother playing as well… :-D

  105. Agag, has everything been cleared up, or are you still in a bit of a 2 and 8……?

  106. 28++ pairs of shoes this year. ;) Yeah, I’m in a state. :( :(

  107. Good read as usual.

  108. WATH, rico would like that. :)

  109. I’ve been away all week but thanks for all the kind words on my CL post.

  110. Agag, join the club gal….. :-P

  111. Offski now,
    Hi KT, working hard mate?
    Gone now….

  112. Hi Ak, and ttfn ;)

    What would i like agag?

  113. Am fine Agag.Hope you are fine with all your pairs of shoes ;)

  114. Hi agag & Kt….

    Jack and Frimps look mean, lean and ready to go…..

  115. am fine AK.eagerly waiting for matchday.hi Rico, check your mail.

  116. Who reckons we will get something from the game on Sunday?

  117. In the morning it will be Kt, thank you :)

  118. The chicks, rico. :) I’m fine-ish, KT. :)

  119. Hi Rico and Agag.

  120. Got it now agag ;)

    Hi Adam

  121. Just watching the cricket Rico. Lazy day. Dream away.

  122. Hi, Adam. :) Howdy? How’s the missus?

  123. Darn, remembered that this morning Adam, but since forgot, thanks I will get it on right now….

  124. Very well thanks Agag. How about you?

  125. Even though I’d love for us to take a real shot at the league cup, i hope Wenger runs the second string as far as they can go. They’re good enough to make a real push for it.

  126. I’m fine-ish. Very busy with work, eeeek. :) How’s all your writing coming along?

  127. Wrighty is having a field day out there Adam ….

  128. We do look like a great squad at the moment. Injury barring, I reckon we’ll win something this year!

  129. Agag. Not bad. I am just about to plunge into a busy period which is a shame as I have turned relaxing into something of an art form. Still, I have to pay the bills. And I have some short stories waiting for a publisher.
    Rico. Shame that Wright couldn’t get that extra run eh?

  130. hello everyone!
    Henderson on loan Coventry for 3 months
    What’s that line up devil?

  131. Wasn’t it just Adam….

    Here it has come over extremely dark, I fear the rain is on it’s way….

  132. It’s still quite bright here Rico but it rained earlier.
    I hope Agag is right about us winning something this year. :)

  133. Personally, I think agag could be right. Injuries will play a huge part but should we finally get a break in that department, I truly believe we could win something.

    It has been a long time since we have had such depth/strength in our squad.

    But, up front and in defence, one injury could really sting us…..

    We too had a little rain, but it only lasted minutes. Tomorrow is meant to be a beautiful bright and sunny day. Sunday though will be horrid….

  134. Hi JM, for some unknown reason, you went into moderation….

  135. Interesting that Henderson has gone to Coventry, don’t think an Arsenal player has gone there on loan before….

  136. I m please for henderson. if he can get up to 7 starts in the 3 months that will be good for both parties

  137. Agree there Tsgh – how many younger midfielders do we actually have on our books, what happens to them all long term i wonder?

    We seem to have an endless pot, yet up front and in defence we are quite sparse

  138. That has always been the our academy’s issue. We seem to produce players in batches in the same position at the same time. No 19-21 year old coming through bar Afobe.

  139. I did a post about that once Tsgh, about youth killing youth – I’ll find it if you are interested….

    Not suggesting it was good of course ;)

  140. I am going with you and Agag Rico, despite my own pessimism. :)

  141. Survived the walk, it didn’t rain at all, dropped in to my local for the Friday Special, Battered cod and chips plus a couple of pints of Cornish bitter. Luvverly!

  142. We have the squad Adam, but if injuries hit…….

    Hi JW – sounds simply lovely… Not sure about the Cornish bitter though ;)

  143. Rico,

    It’s only a guest beer and had travelled quite a way, but it’s not at all bad.

  144. Any beer after walking tastes good JW – even Fosters ;)

  145. Rico,

    I think I would rather squeeze out my walking socks and drink that rather than F*****s :-)

  146. Do we have the squad Rico? :)

  147. Hence my ;) JW, Fosters really is dreadful isn’t it….

  148. My honest opinion Adam. No…

  149. it so gonna be a sad birthday for me guys…no family, no friends. i feel so down right now. Dreading tomorrow, oh well at least i ve got you guys to cheer me up but God what i ll give to be home around my folks and friends…..bummer. look at me bring the house down……afternoon HH.

  150. Goonie – you have HH, we are all your friends, get on here and we can all ‘cyber celebrate’ with you getting the first round in….

    Evening to you cheeky one…. How old are you tomorrow?

  151. come on arsenal give me something to cheer about for my birthday….whup the tar outta man shitty…..it ll make a wonderful birthday weekend for me. COYGS!

  152. hahahahah, maam am getting quite old…i ll be 26! yikes, am almost 30!

  153. christ in heaven am 26!!!

  154. It sure would be a lovely present goonster, 26, a mere young ‘un….

  155. just off to have dinner, missed lunch so quite hungry….. back shortly

  156. young maam???? am 26!!!!! am almost as old as WATH!

  157. later rico…..

  158. So will Wenger go back to starting Gervinho through the middle or does Giroud get the nod?

  159. i ll stick with the winning formula will…gervinho did well in the past 2 games. his movement ll drag the shitty defense all over the place and create space for poldi, santi and oxcham.

  160. That’s what I’m thinking as well goonster

  161. i think we ll do well but the game will hinge on who makes the first mistake. hopefully them…cause the other team ll just roll them up like a carpet during counter attacks.

  162. Stan. Happy birthday for tomorrow. I thought you had family over there.

  163. thanks adam…..apparently i dont but hey, i ve got you!

  164. You have Stan. I am always lurking around if you need me.

  165. thanks man….means a lot to me. i see you re writing a book? what’s it about?

  166. It’s a collection of short stories Stan. Not much call for them really, but it’s a sideline I enjoy in my spare time.

  167. crikey, i write too….am currently writing a book on short dutch folklore, its for kids though. men you just keep trailing after me adam. what’s that about? *big smile*

  168. Perhaps we are connected spiritually through our love of Arsenal Stan?

  169. Anyway, it’s that time of day that I indulge in a bit of musical therapy. I will be around later if you want a chat Stan. :)

  170. later adam…..will be waiting.

  171. Stan, 26, almost as old as Wath……. :lol:
    Wath would give anything to be 26 again… :-D
    Mind you, so would many on here including me…. :-P

  172. You going out to celebrate tomorrow Stan?
    Hope the Gunners present you with 3 points for your birthday…

  173. hahahaahah AK stop playing man…..am getting old. hey how are you big guy? i miss you.

  174. Steven Howard of The Sun saying how POOR, yes POOR Arsenal’s defence is. #Clueless

    That wanker has to be a Spud…
    What a complete tosser….

  175. they had better if they know what’s good for them…..

  176. I’m good Stan, finished the garage roof today, with help of my mate…
    Now waiting for another mate to turn up with some beers… ;-)

  177. You going out for your birthday….

    Oh, here come the beers, lata Stan, you take care buddy.

  178. gosh you lucky dog….what i ll give now to have a mate just to share a pint with me too…i miss home so much.

  179. Later AK….

  180. rico says:
    September 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm.
    I wouldn’t mind at all.Apologies earlier I had to leave work for home. TGIF

  181. Evening again all….

  182. No probs Tsgh ;)

    Missed you again Ak :(

  183. All quiet here so I’m off to have a quiet Friday evening in front on the television…

    I may even indulge in a glass of Sainsbury’s house dry white….

    I sure know how to live eh ;)

    Night all, stay safe and catch you tomorrow….

  184. nite rico

  185. So Thierry head-butted someone and got suspended? What is the matter with these French men.

  186. Always here, never a dull moment. Will be back soon. Cheers HH.

  187. Ah the Flying Dutch Gooner 10, good to see you’re still around…

  188. Glad DG is back. I was thinking about him recently.

  189. Hi Adam, how’s things?
    Got the motor yet??

  190. By John Cross
    Comments
    21 Sep 2012 22:31

    Arsenal transfer news Sign or be sold: Wenger hints that Walcott could be available in January

    Liverpool will bid for winger who hasn’t started for Arsenal since rejecting a new £75k per week deal, while City and Chelsea fancy him on a Bosman

  191. Arsene Wenger has given Theo Walcott a two-month ultimatum to sign a new deal – or risk being sold in January.

    Walcott is being frozen out at Arsenal, and will not start at Manchester City on Sunday as his contract stand-off drags on.

    It will increase the likelihood of Walcott leaving Arsenal – Liverpool will make an offer in the winter window, Manchester City are lining up a mega-bucks contract for a summer Bosman and Chelsea also fancy him.

    Walcott has not started a game for Arsenal since stalling on a £75,000-a-week contract offer, and Gunners manager Wenger admits that the next couple of months will be crucial and will decide the player’s future.

    “I haven’t picked him, it’s true, and it’s quite a good question,” said the Frenchman. “I still hope to sign him and the next two months will be vital because, after that, the longer this situation lasts the more difficult it is.

    “Let’s hope we can find a solution in the next two months but the fact he doesn’t play regularly at the moment is right, but it’s not necessarily linked with his contract situation.”

    Wenger insisted Arsenal can afford to go beyond January, but the Mirror understands Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will bid – and that any offer is likely to be entertained by the Gunners, rather than the alternative of potentially losing him for free.

    City and Chelsea would rather wait, and a better personal package is likely to be on offer if Walcott is a free agent next summer.

    When pressed on whether Arsenal would sell in January, Wenger said: “It will depend on the needs of the team and the club. We can afford to go to the end (of the contract) if needed.

    “No player is happy when he doesn’t play.

    “At the moment, Koscielny doesn’t play. He’s just extended his contract and still doesn’t play because the defence is doing well.

    “That’s only temporary because by the end of the season they will all play.”

  192. Hi Kev. No motor. I am being good.

  193. The fans haven’t been particularly supportive of Theo. Probably because our expectations of him have been so high. I think we should at least try him through the middle before throwing him away. I would hate to see him excel at that position somewhere else.

  194. Morning all,

    Good to see you back Dg, sorry to have missed you – catch you soon hopefully…

  195. Ches or Fabianski must be back for tomorrow as Shea played for the under 21’s last night, surely he wouldn’t be on the bench for Citeh.?

  196. [...] The ‘Next Wilshere’ signs on! The Real One is back as is Frimpong & and just four left in t… – Highbury House [...]

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