Thursday, 12 September 2013

Wenger excited to hand Ozil his debut -Give Wilshere a break!

Morning Gooners.

We're now days away from the first team debut of Mesut Ozil and it looks more and more likely that he'll start the game at the Stadium of Light. An injury to Tomas Rosicky looks set to keep the Czech international out of Saturday's starting line up and could hand our record signing his debut.

Of course Arsene Wenger has options. He could decide to play Jack Wilshere further up the pitch behind Olivier Giroud, with Theo Walcott on the right and Santi Cazorla on the left. Behind them in midfield would be Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini.

But I bet inside Arsene Wenger is feeling like a little child at Christmas and is excited as the rest of us are to see his latest signing take to the field in an Arsenal shirt.

The Germany international went to the training ground for the first time yesterday to report in for the first time. He met the ever present Lukas Podolski (who seems to be available for any photo opportunity ever) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain among others.

Today he'll take part in full training with the rest of the first team squad.

Elsewhere there has been a lot said and written - including this Daily Telegraph piece - about Jack Wilshere's performance for England on Tuesday night. I watched the game. I didn't think it was Jack's best performance but I certainly didn't think it was his worst.

It seems that many of his critics have forgotten he's just 21 years-old and his development at this age will mean he's not the world beater every game people have made him out to be. He'll be inconsistent and I think he should be allowed to develop like any other young player.

I would argue that he's not hit top form this season and you'd be a stupid man to write off Jack Wilshere at this early stage of the season.

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