Apparently, both ourselves and Roma have made offers to Barcelona teenager Tonny Sanabria. He’s a 17-year-old Paraguay international striker and is a Barcelona’s B side regular.
According to The Daily Mail, his representatives held meetings on Wednesday and we are tipped to beat the Italian side to his signature if we trigger the player’s £2.5million buy-out in January.
Another player we are looking at according to the same paper is Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. The 21-year-old may be available on a loan deal.
Neither of course are the big named striker we need but at least Morata can score goals, he’d notched up 12 in 11 for the Spain under 21 side this year.
Sanabria would be a player for the future, if of course this story is true.
Our interest in Basel defender Fabian Schar won’t leave the gossip pages either. The 21 year old right back can also play central so this rumour kind of makes, especially with Sagna’s future up in the air.
A couple of real moves to tell:
Nico Yennaris has joined Championship side Bournemouth on a temporary deal that will initially run until January 2nd. Hector Bellerin has also departed on loan, he’s gone to Watford until 2nd January.
Now for some light hearted stuff as yesterday was Jacks turn to face ‘silly question time’ – and here’s what he had to say:
Q – If you are not playing with Arsenal on FIFA which team do you choose?
A – Real Madrid. They have got a lot of pace so that comes in handy.
Q – What is the name of the style of your hair?
A – Sweepover.
Q – If you could choose an Arsenal legend to play alongside who would it be?
A – I have trained with Thierry Henry but if I could choose anyone it would be Dennis Bergkamp.
Q – Which Hollywood star would play you in a movie?
A – Tom Cruise
Q – And the leading lady?
A – Eva Mendes
Q – Favourite Arsenal chant?
A – I like the Olivier Giroud chant, but my favourite one involves me… ‘super Jack Wilshere’.
Q – Favourite stadium in Europe?
A – I have played in quite a few, but Shakhtar Donetsk. It was so nice but similar to the Emirates although it was in blue. They had an underground car park and their changing room was really nice.
Q – What three cities would you like to visit in the United States?
A – New York. I love the city it is amazing.. the restaurants and shops. the whole atmosphere. Maybe Washington as well as I have heard good things. And Las Vegas. I’ve have been there so maybe I would go back there as well.
Q – How important has Arsene Wenger been in your career?
A – He has been the main person. He gave me a chance and brought me into the first team. He put his arm around me. There were a lot of young players coming through but he picked me out. To play with the first team you learn so much. He sent me out on loan to help me get used to Premier League football and when I came back he gave me the chance. Some games I didn’t play well but he still stuck with me. When you make mistakes he stands by you. I have been around for a long time. I should be used to playing week-in, week-out. I am 21 but I have been playing for four or five years and that can only help me. I am looking forward to learning more.
Q – Will your son Archie play for Arsenal?
A – I hope so. He kicks the ball around, but he is only two so I am not putting any pressure on him. Maybe one day I could play with him. When he is 16 I will be 35 so you never know.
Q – Which player leaving left you most upset and which did you get most excited about arriving at Arsenal?
A – I was really upset about Cesc Fabregas leaving. When I played with him I learned so much, he was similar to me in the way he started at a young age. Ozil has just come into the team and he is settling in nicely. I remember his first game at Sunderland. He got an assist and was man of the match. He plays the Arsenal way. A lot of people said he looks so comfortable and he is. If you look at his stats he runs the most but he makes it look so easy so people don’t see how hard he works.
Q – Which player for any team would you like to play alongside?
A – Lionel Messi. Some people say Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world, but for me but is still Messi. He is similar to Ozil in the way he makes it look so easy with the way he glides past players.
Q – Do you enjoy social networking?
A – Yes. It is so easy to talk direct to the fans. It is easy to put my points across, you hear so many stories that are true and some are not. My favourite is Twitter. I am the busiest on that and I am getting a lot of followers so hopefully I can hit 1 million before Christmas.
Q – Favourite Arsenal goal to watch in a game that you were playing in?
A – When we played Barcelona at home in 2011. The second goal started in our box, and Andrey Arshavin finished it off and the atmosphere was so good. When we got the first goal back you knew we would win. When that goal went in the atmosphere was so good and I will remember that for the rest of my life.
Q – Will you be a club legend at Arsenal?
A – That will be nice. There is a long way to go. You look at the legends who have played over 200 games and won something at the club but I am yet to do that. I want to win something with the club and then maybe I can look back and say I was a legend and that would be a dream come true.
Q – Favourite game for Arsenal?
A – The Barcelona one, at the time they were the best in Europe and won the Champions League the year before. They came to the Emirates as strong favourites. They went 1-0 up and it looked as though it would be a long night. But the manager picked us up at half-time and we went out there and almost passed them off the pitch at their own game. I was sitting with my parents afterwards and sat back and thought, “We have just beaten the best team in the world” so it was special .
Q – Which defender would you like up front and which outfield player would go in goal?
A – I’d have Laurent Koscielny up front because he has got a lot of pace and can run in behind and he has got a good strike. Maybe if we were losing 1-0 in the last minute we’d send Per Mertesacker up because he is so tall and could win the headers.
Q – And In goal?
A – Podolski. To be a keeper you have to be crazy and Podolski fits that bill so I would say him.
Q – What would you like to do when you hang up your boots?
A – I would like to think coaching. Even yesterday I did a PE session with kids and I enjoyed that. Growing up football was the only thing I wanted to do. If a pro came back and coached me I would be so happy with that. I don’t want to coach older players, but young kids and hopefully develop them into professionals.
Q – If you had to eat any food to make you strong and healthy what would it be?
A – It would have to be spinach but my favourite food is spaghetti bolognaise.
Q – And the funniest players at Arsenal?
A – The Germans are always doing something and getting up to no good. Podolski is so funny and is always making someone laugh even if he is not in the team he is so happy.
That’s it for another day….