Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Gibbs' phone call -Flamini defends Wilshere -Dutch international linked -Striker sent on-loan?

Morning Gooners.

The news from overnight is that Kieran Gibbs has been called into the England squad for their crucial World Cup qualifiers following the injury to Ashley Cole. Gibbs has been in excellent form this season and his fitness hasn't been an issue. He's played in every Premier League game for us this season and has cemented his place as Arsene Wenger's first choice left back.

His progress at international level has been stalled by those in front of him. Ashley Cole - for all his faults - has been England's most consistent player for years and in Leighton Baines, England have a very able deputy who creates a lot of chances. But now Gibbs has his chance I expect him to impress Roy Hodgson in training and state a case for his inclusion in future England squads.

I'd be very surprised if Gibbs was picked ahead of Baines for England's next two matches. But the Arsenal man certainly has more experience than the Everton defender at the highest level of European football, having performed in the Champions League for a number of season.

With Gibbs' call up, it means he won't get two weeks rest to recover for Arsenal's next set of fixtures. But hopefully the experience of being around the England squad will be a positive one on the 24-year-old.

Elsewhere Mathieu Flamini has been speaking about Jack Wilshere.

He said:
"Jack is a technical player, so every time he has one or two players against him, he gets kicked from behind or they try and jump on him. 
"It is not that easy when you are talented and trying to make the difference and of course it's sometimes difficult to keep your calm. 
"But he did that at West Brom, very well. It meant that when he had the chance to score, he took it and it was an important goal for us."

We all know that Wilshere is the victim of rotational fouling by the opposition in many games but I thought on Sunday he let himself down in the first half with the amount of time he spent on the floor, moaning to the referee about fouls which didn't look like fouls to me.

In the second half it was noticeable that he cut that attitude out and got on with the game. I love his spirit and his enthusiasm. And his ability is without question. You can see that perfectly with the way he took his chance for the goal. A first time shot - which took a deflection - and into the back of the net. Fat Frank would have been proud.

I think Jack's place in the team is far from assured when everyone is fit. But like he said himself the other week, competition for places is not a bad thing and will only make him stronger as a player.

Elsewhere the Daily Mail link us with a move for Feyenoord defender Bruno Martins Indi. The 21-year-old Dutch international is a versatile centre-back who was expected to join Everton in the summer in a proposed £8million deal. One to keep an eye on.

And finally the Daily Mirror report Park Chu-Young is being lined up by Wigan for a season long loan. Not surprising given it's a World Cup year and his chances at playing at Arsenal are slim at best.

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