Here is Thursday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal:
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has revealed that Arsene Wenger was once interested in leaving the Gunners for the Bernabeu, the Daily Express report.
However, his preference to build a side saw him remain with the north London outfit.
“I imagine that anyone – be it a coach or a player – at some time in their career is interested in coming to a club like Real Madrid, especially when you have been at a club for fifteen years, or however long, in England,” he said.
Jack Wilshere is set to return to training next week, according to the Metro.
The 23-year-old has been missing since suffering a hairline fracture in the build up to the Community Shield clash against Chelsea, and while initial reports said he would be out for days, the injury ruled him out of the early stages of the season.
However, the prognosis is not so good for Wilshere’s teammate Danny Welbeck, after Wenger confirmed that the striker will be out until Christmas, the Daily Star report.
The England international underwent surgery in August on a knee injury.
The Arsenal boss has attempted to appease disgruntled supporters by providing an explanation for why the likes of Karim Benzema and Edinson Cavani were not signed in the summer, the Daily Express report.
“Buying and selling is one way strengthen the team but its not the only way,” he said.
Finally, the Gunners have announced that £1 from every ticket sold for this weekend’s clash with Stoke will go towards the Syrian refugee crisis, the Daily Mirror report.