Cesc Fabregas has admitted that Arsenal need to learn how to rise to the big occasions if they are to stand any chance of ending their five year trophy drought and lift the Premier League title come May.
While the Gunners have battled their way to the top of the table, they have fallen short in the big games against the likes of Man United, to whom they fell 1-0 victims a week ago, and Fabregas fears that unless the north Londoners can find their killer instinct they may fall short again.
According to Sky Sports, the World Cup winner said: “The difference on the night (against United) was that we were scared of losing but they were not scared of winning. That was the big difference that played in our heads. Sometimes we seem scared of losing these big games. We don’t really go for it and we’re tempted to drop back and see what the opposition will do.
“We look to see if we are capable of beating them by what they are doing and how good they are on the day instead of us going forward causing them problems and dominating the game ourselves.”
Wilshere follows Fab.
Jack Wilshere has set his sights on wearing the Arsenal captain’s armband one day, following in the footsteps of his midfield partner Cesc Fabregas.
Wilshere has declared that Fabregas is one of his inspirations in the game, alongside David Beckham, who won the Lifetime Award at last night’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony.
Wilshere has become a fixture in the Gunners’ first team this season after spending a year impressing at Bolton, and recently signed a new £50,000-per-week contract at the Emirates.
According to Mirror Football, he said: “He’s great to me, always has been. He’s been there before – I think he looks at me and thinks: ‘yeah, I’ve done that’.
“From when I was 16 he was automatically someone to look up to, especially being the type of player I am and the position I play in. He’s a great leader and I want to be like that when I’m older. It’s always been part of my game, and that’s my aim really – to be Arsenal captain one day.”
Gunners in for “Next Walcott”.
Arsenal and Liverpool look set for a transfer chase in order to land highly-rated Southampton youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the man dubbed “the next Theo Walcott.”
It is likely that Saints would ask for around £10m for the youngster, however that is unlikely to put the suitors off. Chamberlain is rated amongst the Southampton coaching staff as better than Walcott at the same age, and as a result will demand the big bucks for a player currently plying his trade in League One.
However, a source at Southampton has categorically stated that the club are not presently interested in selling. According to Goal.com, another source said: “A lot of the big clubs are watching Alex but it will take serious money to get him.
“The coaching staff rate him higher than Walcott at the same age and the club have sorted out their financial issues so are not under any great pressure to sell him for a knockdown fee. It will take Walcott money to get him.”