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BIG relief for Arsenal as Walcott does NOT need more surgery

I felt really sorry for the Arsenal and England international star Theo Walcott when it was revealed last week that the groin problem the forward had picked up on the last international break while training with Roy Hodgson’s squad, may force the unlucky Gunner to undergo yet another operation.

Having had abdominal surgery and then the anterior cruciate ligament treatment that wrecked his campaign last time, this would have been a massive blow to the 25-year old speedster, but it would have been equally bad news for Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger, as the season before had seen Walcott really come into his own and finish the season as the top scorer in the Arsenal squad.

Stop Rooney and Arsenal WILL beat Man United says Wilshere!

The Arsenal and England international Jack Wilshere has seen at first hand over the last couple of weeks just how much of a threat the England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney can be to Arsenal when Louis van Gaal brings his squad, or the ones left standing anyway, to the Emirates on Saturday.

And that is why Wilshere has warned his Gunners team mates that stopping Rooney is the key to Arsenal recording a rare and vital victory over the Red Devils. In an ESPN report, Wilshere praises his international team mate and captain highly, but all the same things that are good news for England, are bad news for the Gunners if we fail to deal with them properly at the weekend.

Is Wenger being stubborn or cautious over Wilshere’s Arsenal role?

There is a strong belief among many Arsenal fans and people in the football media that Arsene Wenger can have a tendency to be stubborn. They will point at his refusal, transfer window after transfer window, to sign the players to strengthen the positions in the Arsenal squad that most people think we need.

And then there are his tactics, which rarely change, and his way of leaving the making of substitutions until it is so late in the game that the players coming on hardly have time to get used to the pace of the game, much less have an influence on it.

Arsenal players looking forward to fiery clash against Scotland

There were four Arsenal players that started in the England win over Slovenia, but Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck are both expecting a much more competitive match against Scotland tomrrow, despite it being billed as a “friendly” match!

Wilshere even thinks tomorrows 111th meeting between the two neighbouring countries will be similar to the North London derby, with both sides desperate to win as always. “Of course it has the same meaning,” the Arsenal midfielder said in the Independent. “We’ve got a manager who has been around for a few years and he knows what England-Scotland means. He’s given us a speech about England-Scotland and told us that back in the day it was the highlight of the season.

WOW! Arsenal star Walcott is faster than ever

THeo Walcott has always been one of the fastest footballers on the planet and since he started to mature at Arsenal and add goals and better decision making to his pace and all round game, he has been a really important player for the Gunners.

And he has become one of the players that our opponents fear more than any others. So Arsenal’s Premier League and Champions League rivals will be wary that the England international has recovered from his cruciate ligament injury and is back in the Arsenal squad.

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.