Jack’s back to give Ars a title tonic
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.
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.
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