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Is it too early for Arsenal to offer Walcott a new contract?

Sign Dat Ting! 2013

Sign Dat Ting! 2013

After the never-ending “sign dat ting!” saga in 2012/13 season, which ended with Theo Walcott signing a new Arsenal contract extension for three and a half years, it is no surprise that Arsene Wenger would want to start renewal talks a little earlier this time around, but is it just a little too early?

Walcott finally signed that contract on the 18th January 2013 nearly two full years ago, and the England international was reported to have won an increase to £90,000-per-week to persuade him to stay. Since that day Walcott has started 22 League games (and 10 as substitute) and has spent much more time on the treatment table than he has on the training pitch. And this is not just a recent phenomenom. If you ignore Walcott’s first breakthrough season when he started just 5 games, Theo has averaged only 15 League starts a year for the last 8 campaigns and this report shows that Walcott has had 14 separate injuries in the last five years

Arsenal tour of Asia has proved valuable for lots of reasons

Was Arsenal’s preseason Asia tour a success? by KJ

Arsenal finished their final match of the Asia tour against Urawa Red Diamonds with a win and will now return to England to prepare for the Emirates cup next week. My question is though, was this pre-season tour a success? For me, it’s a resounding yes.

Hard pre-season is conditioning Arsenal players for success

It has been clear in both of the Arsenal pre-season friendlies so far this season, that the players were struggling to cope with the hot and humid conditions, and we have seen pictures of them using ice baths during training. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain explained just how difficult it has been, but they all know that the suffering now should pay off once the Premier League season kicks off in four weeks. It should also help them to avoid niggling injuries during the campaign.

He said, “It’s always hard coming back for pre-season, especially when you’re in hot countries with really high humidity.

Jack Wilshere very hopeful of returning to his former glory

Jack Wilshere completed his first full game in 14 months for Arsenal on Tuesday, and he has revealed that he is feeling fitter after every match and believes that, given time, he will return to the high level of peformance he achieved before his ankle injury first knocked him low.

“I don’t think there was a point where I thought I’m not coming back,” Wilshere said. “I always thought I could come back.

“It was a serious injury, of course it kept me out for so long, but it wasn’t the result of a bad tackle or anything where it was career-threatening. It was just something that happened over time.

Frimpong – I am not ready for the Arsenal first team yet

The Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong returned to training earlier than Jack Wilshere after his 7 month layoff with a broken leg, and has played in more reserve games that the young English international, but he is adamant that he is still not yet ready to be thrown into the Gunners first-team just yet.

He said: “I still don’t believe I am 100 per cent right – obviously I am playing but I don’t think I am ready for the first team yet,”

“I still need two more 90-minute games for the Arsenal reserves, then I will be fine.

Wenger – Arsenal needed Jack back to give us confidence

Arsene Wenger surprised everyone (including Jack himself!) by naming the returning young Wilshere in the Arsenal starting XI against QPR, and the Frenchman admitted that he hoped that just having Jack back on the pitch would give the side a much-needed confidence boost after two back-to-back defeats.

Wenger said: “I made the decision without telling him because when you have not played for such a long time it is not always easy to deal with that and there is a high level of expectation when he goes on the pitch. I also felt the confidence of the team was a bit jaded and sometimes players with experience and quality give a bit of a lift as well.”

Jack Wilshere is still a long long way from full fitness

The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere may have played a couple of hours for the Arsenal reserves, but it seems that Arsene Wenger is going to stick to his promise not to rush him back to full fitness so as to make sure he doesn’t suffer a setback from trying too hard.

The Gunners captain Thomas Vermaelen believes that Wilshere has been working hard and will come back even stronger but admits that it will take time for him to return to match fitness. Vermaelen said: “For me, he can be one of the best midfielders in the world. He has the potential for that.

Wenger knows who to blame over Diaby injury

The Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby returned to the fold in spectacular fashion this summer with some impressive performances at the beginning of the season. Unluckily this was also noticed by the France manager Didier Deschamps who immediately called up Diaby for the World Cup Qualifiers last month.

Arsene Wenger now blames Deschamps for playing him too early before he had completely rgained his match fitness. Wenger said: “I said many times that if France wanted Diaby for their game in Spain [a World Cup qualifier on October 16], they should not take him for Finland and Russia [last month’s qualifiers].

Germany legend says that Podolski needs to stop partying to be a success at Arsenal

The Germany legend Berti Vogts, who won the World Cup with his country in 1974 and also managed them to two European Championship Finals (winning one) has spoken out about the new Arsenal star Lukas Podolski.

He thinks that the ex-Cologne striker had it too easy in the Bundesliga and spent too much time out partying with his mates than concentrating on his fitness for the club.

“I am happy that Podolski has left Cologne,” Vogts said. “He had too many friends in the city. He got praised as a great runner if he ever got back to defend three times in a game. He got an easy ride and he believed his own publicity.

Mikael Silvestre coming back to Arsenal!

I have some good news for Gooners! by AH

Now, please take note that the title is sarcastic, but I thought that this recent piece of news would be good to share with the readers on justarsenal.com.

According to a few media outlets including the Daily Mail, Mikael Silvestre will soon return to Arsenal to train with the Gunners after he was released from Werder Bremen, following his two year stint at the club. The defender spent two years at Arsenal as well following his transfer from Manchester United, for a reported £ 500,000. The former French international made 26 league appearances for Arsenal, scoring 3 goals.

Abou Diaby – I am optimistic this season……as usual!

There are a lot of Arsenal fans that will have given up on Abou Diaby ever returning to his brilliant form from his younger days, but we could take heart from the fact that a certain Robin Van Persie was also injured for seven years in a row before he finally turned into a top-class goalscorer.

Admittedly Diaby has probably missed a lot more playing time than RVP and just 13 starts in the last two seasons isn’t going to give us much optimism for this year, but having come through the opening game unscathed (not to mention the pre-season) perhaps we could give the French international the benefit of the doubt.

Arsenal’s new superstar needs a little time to prepare for new season

Podolski ready to reveal himself: by SV

Everyone is still pinching themselves after the signing of Santi Cazorla, with many calling him our best signing of the last decade. Personally, however, I am more excited about the prospect of Lukas Podolski. Ever since the 2006 World Cup in Germany, I’ve wanted the striker here at Arsenal. But I didn’t want him in the way that I wanted M’Vila or Cahill; I wanted him in the same way that I wanted Karim Benzema and Lionel Messi at Arsenal. In other words, I saw him as a dream move, a dream which I never expected to materialise.