Arsenal look set to be boosted by the news that long-term injury absentees Robin van Persie and Aaron Ramsey look set to return to training with the Gunners’ first team next week, according to The Telegraph.
RVP’s ankle injury has healed well and Holland wanted him to play for them on November 17, but manager Arsene Wenger has ruled this out – and is thought to be even more cautious about Ramsey, who returns after 8 months on the sidelines with a horrific double leg fracture, stating that the Welshman will need longer to return to full match fitness.
England international Kieran Gibbs, however, has suffered knee ligament damage and is likely to be absent until mid-November.
Howedes Gunners link increases.
Arsenal’s link with Schalke’s young centre-back Benedikt Howedes has intensified, as the Daily Mail report that the Gunners still want to bring the exciting 22-year-old to the Emirates. It is thought to be only a matter of time before Germany come calling for the youngster’s services, and Wenger wants to add the player to the Reds’ defence after signing fellow centre-backs Sebastien Squillaci and Laurent Koscielny in the summer.
With Schalke – last season’s Bundesliga runners-up – currently struggling at the wrong end of the league table, coupled with their current financial difficulties, it is considered plausible that Die Knappen may accept a decent offer from the Gunners.
Maradona wants Arsenal job.
Arsene Wenger may have reason to feel a little put out this morning, as it has emerged that a big name in world football wants his job!
Despite being English football’s public enemy No 1, Argentina legend Diego Maradona has told Sky Sports News: “Of course I would like to manage in the Premier League. It has very good teams, an exceptional level and great players. The only problem is all the teams I like in England have good coaches. If any important job comes along I will accept it. I was looking at Arsenal and Chelsea.”
Maradona was linked to the Aston Villa job before Gerard Houllier’s appointment, though the 49-year-old admits that no talks were held over a potential move to the Midlands.