Arsenal news – Gunners want Vrsaljko, Vermaelen injury latest, Wilshere plans for trophies

Wilshere plans for trophies.

A victory over Birmingham in the Carling Cup final would lead to Arsenal winning a lot more trophies in the next few seasons, says Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere.

The north-London side secured their place in the final by eliminating Championship side Ipswich Town with a 3-0 win on Tuesday.

The Gunners are still in contention for the domestic treble as well as the Champions League and the teenager says the team is desperate to win their first trophy in five years and he believes that winning one trophy will lead to many more: “There is a hunger among the players to win something.”

He continued: “This is a big club and we need trophies. Any trophy is a trophy and if we can win one in February, it will give us confidence for the rest of the season. We know that if we win one it will open up more for us.”

Gunners want Vrsaljko.

Arsenal have highlighted Dinamo Zagreb’s Sime Vrsaljko as a potential signing this month, talkSport has revealed.

The highly-rated 19-year-old defender has caught the attention of Manchester United in the past but Arsene Wenger could be set to make an offer for the Croat who is valued by his club at around £12million.

Wenger has shown an interest in Bolton Wanderers’ Gary Cahill and West Ham United’s Matthew Upson as he is on the hunt for defensive reinforcements this month to help boost his back-line. But it is believed Vrsaljko would be seen as a cheaper option than Cahill and a longer-term signing than Upson.

The Gunners have been struggling in defence with Thomas Vermaelen out until March and Sebastien Squillaci also injured, leaving Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou as the only fit centre-halves in the team.

Vermaelen injury latest.

Thomas Vermaelen could make a return to the Arsenal backline within a month, according to Tribalfootball.

The former Ajax defender has been out of action since September with a persistent injury which lead to him having surgery on his Achilles earlier this month.

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has revealed that the centre-back will be back in training within a week: “They spent ages finding out what the hell was wrong, but now they reckon he will be on a bike within a week.”

Arsene Wenger will be hoping Vermaelen’s return will come sooner rather than later as his defence has been suffering in his absence and it is likely that he will be back in the Arsenal starting line-up as soon as he is fit enough.

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