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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.

Wilshere’s England role gives Arsenal another GREAT option

The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has always been thought of more for his ability to burst past players and create goals, with the attacking side of his game always drawing more praise and attention than the defensive side. But a good central midfielder has to be able to do both things well.

And Wilshere has now played three or four games for England in his new role as the deepest lying midfielder, with Roy Hodgson using a midfield diamond as well as the old favourite of 4-4-2. Arsene Wenger does not think it his best position and I tend to agree with the Arsenal boss, but Wilshere is certainly growing into the role.

Arsenal star on why Gibbs should shine for England

It seems as though a decent run in the Arsenal team, mainly because he has managed to stay reasonable injury free for the last year or so, has really paid off for Kieran Gibbs, and for the Gunners as well of course as he is now clearly our first choice left back.

But despite making his international debut for the senior England side under Fabio Capello back in 2010, Gibbs has just four caps to his name four years later. But the 25-year old will be hoping to add to that after being called up again by Roy Hodgson for the Euro qualifier against Slovenia and the high profile friendly with Scotland.

England call-up means Arsenal MUST start Walcott at Swansea

It has been a couple of weeks now that the Arsenal match day squad has had Theo Walcott in it, but so far the pacy front man has only been given just over 10 minutes on the pitch, at the end of the comfortable win over Burnley. I know that Arsene Wenger is being ultra cautious about one of his key players but he does need time on the pitch as well as training to get back to his best.

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.

England boss tells Arsenal NOT to fret over Welbeck injury

After a somewhat hit and miss start to the season for Arsenal, this current international break was looking like a welcome on foe Arsene Wenger and his players, especially as we are expecting some key players like Walcott and Arteta back in action when the Premier League resumes.

But losing our German midfielder Mesut Ozil and French centre back Laurent Koscielny before the round of games had even started changed all that. Arsenal were then reminded just how much injuries have cost us in recent years and how vulnerable our playing squad is to any more problems.

Why Arsenal’s Gibbs CAN secure England place

The Arsenal left back Kieran Gibbs has been rewarded for his club form for Arsenal today with a call-up to the England senior side by the manager Roy Hodgson. It is the latest step for Gibbs as he tries to finally make the progress in the game that his talent as a youngster suggested, but has been cruelly interrupted by a string of injuries.

The fact that the Arsenal defender, who turned 25 last week, has just three caps to his name despite getting his first call up by Fabio Capello tells you just how unlucky Gibbs has been. But I think he now has a great chance to start making that England left back spot his own, especially as the Man United youngster Luke Shaw has dropped down to the under 21s.

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 injury concern as England rush Ox back for Uruguay

The Arsenal boss may not be too happy about this, but it looks like Roy Hodgson is planning to take a risk on the fitness of Gunners midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Following England’s undeserved defeat to Italy in the opening group stage game, Hodgson knows that he needs to win, or at the every least to avoid defeat to Uruguay on Thursday night.

England to miss a trick by not starting Arsenal star?

We do not know for sure whether the Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will start for England against Italy on Saturday night, but most football pundits think it is highly unlikely. The way that the England boss, Roy Hodgson, has used his squad in the warm up games strongly suggests that it is Liverpool man Jordan Henderson who will get the nod.

And the way Hodgson set up England to face Italy in the quarter-finals of the last international tournament, Euro 2012, suggests that he will try to nullify their attacking threat rather than trying to make the most of England’s own. That is where he is missing a trick, in my opinion.

Will England pain lead to Arsenal gain?

Although Arsenal Football Club will be well represented at the FIFA football extravaganza that is the World Cup finals, the Gunners are a bit thin on the ground when it comes to England. Theo Walcott was already ruled out through injury, of course, but it looks like we might not see too much of Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain either.