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Wenger tells Hodgson he is wrong about Jack Wilshere

Much was made about Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere being used as a defensive midfielder for England’s two European Championship Qualifiers last week, but Arsene Wenger is adamant that Hodgson is definitely using him in the wrong position.

“Jack has more experience and he mixed well his long balls and kept his individual capacity to make a difference, that is what being a midfielder is about,” Wenger said.

“He is not a ball-winner. I believe he is more a guy who you want to get close to the final third, to keep him deep you take a big part of his efficiency away.

Szczesny says Chambers transfer was MASSIVE for Arsenal

It is still impossible to say whether the new Arsenal and England international defender Calum Chambers is going to spend most of his playing career at right back or in the centre of defence, because the 19-year old has shown that he has the ability and the right attitude to both very well.

It seemed at first, for Arsenal at least, that Chambers was signed more for his skills in the centre of defence, with Wenger suggesting as much. But the injury to our France international Mathieu Debuchy has meant that the Gunners have needed him on the right.

More proof that Arsenal and Welbeck are the PERFECT match

The new Arsenal summer striker signing Danny Welbeck seems to have adapted pretty well to his new club, both with his performances and in the way he has settled in with the rest of his Arsenal team mates. It might well have helped the 23-year old that there were already a few familiar faces from the England national team and one of those players, our left back Kieran Gibbs, has given another example of how much Welbeck is loving life as a Gunner.

Wilshere has high hopes for an England packed with Arsenal players

Our very own Jack Wilshere helped England to win their fourth game in a row tonight against Estonia, and is hopeful that perhaps this new younger England squad (full of Arsenal players!) can go on and be successful on the big stage.

There have been a lot of retirements after England’s abject failure in Brazil and Jack believes this team can improve on recent form in big tournaments.

“Lampard and Gerrard were fantastic for England and I always looked up to them, so to play with them was a dream come true,” Wilshere told thefa.com.

Do Arsenal already have a new defensive midfielder?

Arsenal fans are very used to seeing Arsene Wenger put his players into unfamiliar roles on the pitch, so it seems strange that England are now doing the same thing with Jack Wilshere and are trying to turn him into a defensive midfielder this week.

One can only wonder if Arsene Wenger has discussed this career change with Roy Hodgson as we are all aware that the Gunners are in desperate need of a new player in that position, especially as both Matthieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta are both getting a bit long in the tooth.

Wenger compares Kieran Gibbs to Abou Diaby!

Poor old Kieran Gibbs has had many chances to become a regular starter in the Arsenal first team but every time that Gael Clichy got injured, the young left-back rarely managed a run of more than a few games before getting injured himself.

Since making his League debut for the Gunners at the tender age of 18 he has never managed to stay fit for a full season, and last years tally of 24 League starts is the best he has achieved in the intervening 6 years at the club, but he has always shown great promise when fit enough to play.

Arsenal’s Calum Chambers set for senior Wembley debut

The Arsenal defender Calum Chambers was watched by Roy Hodgson in a few games recently, including at right-back against Chelsea, and it seems that the England boss has decided to pull the 19 year-old out of the U21 squad for the important European Championship play-off against Croatia to give him his first taste of senior football at Wembley, after coming on as a sub in the last friendly in Norway.

Is Wilshere really back to his best for Arsenal?

Before he had even turned up for pre-season training with Arsenal this summer, Jack Wilshere was under pressure. From the media mainly, who seemed to want to lay a lot of the blame for another woeful display in a tournament from the England side at his feet, despite him hardly featuring for Roy Hodgson’s team in Brazil. Then we had the smoking pictures and everyone wanted a pop at our young midfielder.

Dein on why Arsenal WILL turn Welbeck into goal machine!!

Everybody is talking about the new Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck, after the England international bagged a brace away to Switzerland in his first start since the transfer deadline day move from Man United to the Gunners. And while United fans and their former players are unhappy about letting the talented young forward go, most people connected with Arsenal are buzzing.

That includes David Dein, the former Arsenal chairman who along with Arsene Wenger made the Gunners such a force to be reckoned with and brought in the likes of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp. Dein knows Wenger and his methods better than anyone and, as reported by Metro, he thinks that the Frenchman is the perfect man to forge Welbeck into a fantastic centre forward.

Can Wilshere really become Arsenal’s own Pirlo?

The Arsenal midfielder was used in an unusual role by the England manager Roy Hodgson this week, as the new Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck grabbed the headlines by scoring both goals against Switzerland to give the three lions an excellent away victory in their first Euro 2016 qualifying game.

Wilshere was used at the base of a diamond with Fabian Delph on the left, Jordan Henderson on the right and Raheem Sterling at the point. And although he initially struggled to find the space he needed to really affect the game as the England boss hoped, he did grow into the role and received a fair bit of praise. Even his recent critic Jamie Redknapp agreed that Jack could make that role his own.

Arsenal’s Jack mashes former Spud and says he IS coming back to form!!

It seems that all the sniping and criticism that has been aimed at the Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere in recent times has not just been like water off a duck’s back. Wilshere has tried to keep it to himself and let the frustration show, but the recent comments from Jamie Redknapp seem to have been the last straw.

As revealed in a Daily Star report, the 22-year old feels that the recent comments by the former captain of Tottenham and current TV pundit were a cheap shot and, considering all the injury problems that Redknapp had in his career, a bit hypocritical and lacking in any real insight or professional respect.

Welbeck sure he WILL step up and score more with Arsenal

The main reason for some Arsenal fans being somewhat less than thrilled when the club signed Danny Welbeck from Man United on transfer deadline day was his goal tally. The 23-year old has never been prolific at Old Trafford or during his loan spells at Preston and Sunderland, but he believes in himself and thinks that his numbers will soon start to get a lot better with Arsenal.

Welbeck was reported by the Daily Star saying, “I’ve never had the opportunity to get a constant run of games as a number nine.