Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Wilshere offered bumper pay deal and captaincy? -Back five implemented at Everton

Morning Gooners.

I'll start with the most exciting news emerging from the club in the last 24-hours and that is the development that Jack Wilshere is to be offered a new long term contract.

The deal according to both the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror is to be long term with staged increases over the length of the deal. To me it sounds like the seven year deal Cesc Fabregas signed with the club.

The new contract wouldn't make Jack the highest paid player at the club - currently believed to be Lukas Podolski on £90k a week - but it would make him one of our best rewarded ones and over time he would become the most well paid player.

Alongside the new deal is talk that Wilshere will be handed the armband as well. But with Thomas Vermaelen only last summer being appointed captain, that for me is unlikely to happen in the short term.

There is no doubt in my mind that Wilshere will be Arsenal captain one day. I think at the moment it's a bit too early for him and he might need to mature a bit more before he's handed such responsibility. The club are right to try to get this deal sorted as early as possible, as it's clear to everyone that Jack loves the club. He's passionate when he speaks about Arsenal, and honest. We need to ensure he feels wanted so that he isn't tempted to play his football elsewhere.

The Daily Mirror also report that Jack is in line for a recall at Goodison Park tomorrow night, along with captain Thomas Vermaelen. I wonder if this is where we might see a back five tested for the first time - with all three central defenders picked - in order to deal with the threat created by Marouane Fellaini, if the Belgian internatinal is fit.

Wojeciech Szczesny has described the game as a six-pointer. Everton have had a very good start to the season but if we can increase the intensity of our game tomorrow night and create more chances in front of goal, there is no doubt in my mind we can get a result.

As I said yesterday, as long as we keep this unbeaten run going, we'll be moving in the right direction. It's the building of confidence we need in the squad.

Elsewhere, Olivier Giroud has said it would be a "great joy" to play alongside Theirry Henry should the club's record goal scorer return to north London in January for a third time.

And there are a couple of transfer rumours doing the rounds. There is further talk of Wilfried Zaha joining in January but The Sun say Manchester City are sniffing around the 20-year-old.

Meanwhile the Daily Star report Arsenal scouts are keeping a close eye on Reading central defender Sean Morrison.

That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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