Mirror Football is today speculating that Arsenal youngster Jack Wilshere is facing the toughest challenge of his career so far – regaining his place in the first team.
Wilshere, who according to England Web Fans looks set to get his first senior England start against France on November 17, signed a new bumper five-year contract at the Emirates recently.
However, Arsenal won their three games in Wilshere’s absence before losing in his return match, and with Cesc Fabregas, Denilson and Alex Song all in contention for selection it would appear the 18-year-old faces a battle to regain his first team place.
RvP set for return.
Crocked star Robin van Persie looks set to be a shock name on the Gunners’ team sheet for the visit of Newcastle this afternoon.
The Holland star – who has been included in the Dutch squad for their friendly with Belgium on November 17 – has only participated in one full training session since injuring his ankle against Blackburn two months ago.
However, Mirror Football is reporting that Wenger saw enough in that single training session to convince him the 27-year-old is ready to return. How this will affect Wenger’s situation with Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk remains to be seen.
Koscielny happy in London.
Laurent Koscielny has told Sky Sports of his happiness in north London, and of his desire to help the maturing Gunners progress further.
The £10m summer signing feels he is growing as a player in the red of Arsenal, and perhaps due to an injury to Thomas Vermaelen, Koscielny has made 10 starts thus far this season.
The Frenchman said: “It has been a busy and satisfactory start for me. I am happy with my first few months at Arsenal. I have come to a big club where I knew things would seem different from my previous team, Lorient. Going abroad there is always that adaptation period for anybody, but there are a lot of French people here and there have been no problems integrating.”