Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Catalyst Wilshere ready -Eisfeld deserves chance -Sagna and Frimpong competitive -Gnabry's inclusion

Morning Gooners.

There is some good news today from the under-21s game with Everton. Not only did we win 2-1 after going behind (no, it's not just the first team who give away a first goal), but Jack Wilshere again completed 90 minutes of football alongside Emmanuel Frimpong and Bacary Sagna.

All three must be very close to a return to first team action. Wilshere has had a whiff of it already with a place on the bench against Norwich at the weekend. But he must be in the manager's thoughts for Saturday's game with QPR.

Wilshere was the catalyst for Terry Burton's under 21s. He played the key pass for full back Jernade Meade, who had to beat a man before finding Thomas Eisfeld with a cross. The young German slammed the ball home from close range to score the first of his two goals.

The second game from a Wilshere assist. The England international's clever play allowed Eisfeld to find space behind the Everton defence and cooly finish with a drilled shot past the Everton keeper.

It seems to me that both Wilshere and Eisfeld will be knocking on Arsene Wenger's door for a chance to play for the first team sooner rather than later. I think both will start next Tuesday against Reading in the league cup but I'm sure that Jack will want a bit more of the action before then.

I don't see any reason for the manager to rush him back into the first team. It's not as though we're desperately in need of him. Yes, the defeat to Norwich was a disappointment but I'm not sure that Wilshere's involvement would have made a huge difference. It was in front of goal where we were weak.

It's certainly getting to the stage where Sagna, Frimpong and Wilshere are all competitive for a chance to play first team football. It will be interesting to see how and when Arsene Wenger decides to ease them all back into first team action.

One player who has been given his chance is Serge Gnabry. The 17-year-old was picked out by the manager as a player who would be playing for the first team sooner rather than later at the start of the season. And I'm sure he's buzzing after his first team debut.

 I would certainly like to see him handed a start against Reading in the league cup to show what he can do over 90 minutes. From his cameo on Saturday, he's certainly got a bright future ahead of him.

The manager will host his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow night's game with Schalke later. Hopefully he'll have some positive news about Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

That's it for now. More tomorrow.


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