Jack’s back to give Ars a ti­tle tonic

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By MIKE MCGRATH

ARSENE WENGER has been given a mas­sive fit­ness boost in time for the new sea­son.

The Arse­nal boss will send Jack Wil­shere (above) into the cam­paign with a full pre-sea­son un­der his belt for the first time in TWO YEARS.

And the Gun­ners’ other mid­field con­cerns are get­ting bet­ter for the French­man too.

Mikel Arteta was strug­gling with a calf prob­lem at the end of last sea­son and hob­bled over the fin­ish­ing line as Arse­nal qual­i­fied for the Cham­pi­ons League.

But the Spa­niard does not re­quire surgery and will be fit to start in his de­fen­sive mid­field role.

And Abou Di­aby is now off crutches and there is real hope he can play a part in the sec­ond half of the sea­son if the Gun­ners are in­volved in a Pre­mier League ti­tle bid.

Wenger (right) will wel­come the news of Wil­shere’s fit­ness the most.

It was two years ago that he in­jured his an­kle while on Eng­land duty and ag­gra­vated the prob­lem in pre-sea­son.

It trig­gered 15 months of fit­ness hell for the 21-year-old Eng­land star.

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in­juries ham­pered his progress, but now he is rar­ing to go.

Asked how his an­kle is, Wil­shere in­sisted: “100 per cent. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to a solid pre-sea­son. “I haven’t had one in two years – and once you miss it, you’re al­ways play­ing catch-up.

“It’s a chance to show the man­ager that you de­serve to be in the team and I think there’s go­ing to be com­pe­ti­tion for a few spots.

“But that’s good. If you want to chal­lenge for tro­phies, you need a big squad. You can’t ex­pect 11 play­ers to do it ev­ery week.” FORE! Rel­e­gated Wi­gan owner Dave Whe­lan has gone out and bought him­self a pick-

me-up present – a GOLF COURSE! But his de­lighted Lat­ics play­ers

shouldn’t ex­pect to be get­ting into the swing more of­ten.

is all part The sum­mer’s most sur­pris­ing sign­ing of the Lat­ics’ plan to build a bright fu­ture. Ea­gle-eyed Whe­lan reck­ons the club – at

new Charnock Richard – will be per­fect for Wi­gan’s first team and acad­emy train­ing ground.

north The 89-acre site next to the M6, a fair way

Owen of Wi­gan, is where Whe­lan and new boss Coyle hope the fresh tal­ent will emerge. Chair­man Whe­lan will now ap­ply for

plan­ning per­mis­sion for the pro­ject.

WHAT ARE YOU TALK­ING ABOUT? Kin­n­ear has baf­fled us all again with

his lat­est ridicu­lous claims

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