Arsene Wenger has resonated a word of caution to the budding midfield partnership of Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere – learn to defend together, for the good of the team. The pair have only played together once this season – largely due to injuries and suspension – but their offensive skills have led to many Gunners fans drooling at the prospect of this becoming a long-term double act.
According to the Daily Mail, the French manager said: “Offensively, it works very well. We have to show it works defensively as well. If you want to be efficient you need to defend well in midfield. Wilshere at the moment suits a deeper role and Fabregas a little bit higher.”
Gunners join Benzema race.
Various reports coming from Italy are suggesting that Arsenal are among the clubs hoping to lure Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema away from the Bernabeu. The Gunners are likely to face competition from Manchester United – who had looked set to land the Frenchman shortly before the 22-year-old joined Madrid from Lyon last year.
With Arsenal having announced record profits recently and fans growing ever more eager to see a big name signing with the surplus cash, a bid of around £20m may be on the cards as early as January – though the summer would appear a more likely timescale for a bid to be launched. Footylatest.com claims Los Blancos are also eager to keep the player.
Arsenal made Reina bid.
Arsenal goalkeeping legend Bob Wilson has told BBC Radio 5 Live that despite constant criticism over failing to land a new goalkeeper in the summer, Arsene Wenger did indeed make a “big money offer for one of the Premier League’s most consistent goalkeepers.”
Wilson’s further comment that this keeper plays for a club “that under normal circumstances would be challenging Arsenal – one of the clubs with great history and tradition” seems to confirm recent reports that Wenger is an admirer of Liverpool stopper Pepe Reina. Wilson qualified his statement by saying “It was absolutely not [Mark] Schwarzer.”