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Walcott_Theo1Young Englishman Theo Walcott thinks it’s about time Arsenal start playing dirty to win some trophies.

Arsenal, renowned for their beautiful football, have not been able to win a single trophy since the FA Cup in 2005 and many critics have pointed to their style of football as one of the reasons for it. Now Walcott also shares the same opinion as them and feels they will have to play dirty now and grind out wins from difficult situations to help win some trophies:

“It’s a big season for me and the rest of the team.

“The fans have been very patient for the last few years when there have not been many trophies.

“We’re not quite there yet. We need to be more cutting in the last third and a bit more dirty.

“Instead of just playing brilliant football, sometimes we need to grind out a result. We will do that. 

“We need to reflect and learn from our mistakes from last year.”

wilshere goalWalcott is the player who surprisingly made it to England’s World Cup squad in 2006 at a very young age and he had not even played a single game for Arsenal at that time. Now fellow Englishman, Arsenal’s 17 year old Jack Wilshere could soon be following in his footsteps and make it to the squad for the 2010 World Cup. However it all depends on whether he gets to play enough matches for Arsenal and impresses in them according to England manager Fabio Capello:

“In nine months’ time we will decide whether Wilshere will go to South Africa.

“A lot depends on whether Arsene Wenger plays him at Arsenal. He surprised me at the Emirates Cup. I saw him twice last season and he has improved a lot.

“He has a big personality, he scores goals, he plays without fear and he has big confidence.

“His team-mates always pass the ball to him. That is not normal for a player so young.”

It is England, and now that Wilshere has impressed so much already, the fans have extremely high hopes from him. Lets hope he lives up to those expectations. So far he has shown that he is not a player who can succumb to pressure so that is a vital quality of his which can help him survive in the world of football despite the huge expectations.

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Some Arsenal players tried a new game at the Arsenal’s Member’s Day. 3 on 3 football tennis! Fabregas, Merida and Song teamed up against Walcott, Denilson and Wilshere.

jack3Arsenal youngster Jack Wilshere has greatly impressed in the last year or so earning the plaudits of various former players and pundits.

The youngster who joined the Arsenal academy at 8 is proving to be an exceptionally talented player and became the youngest player to play for Arsenal in the Champions League last season. He was arguably the player of the season for the reserves and always stands out with his performances. He is a step ahead of his team-mates. Former Gunner Martin Keown is yet another man impressed by the teen sensation:

“Wilshire is the one that stands out. Even in that Youth Cup Final every time he got the ball he played a killer pass. He’s got an incredible radar for passing and even when he shifted into a more central position there was only one winner.”

The pre-season was impressive with Vela being the top performer

The pre-season was impressive with Vela being the top performer

Wilshere also impressed

Wilshere also impressed

So did Ramsey

So did Ramsey

And it ended with a trophy...the Amsterdam Tournament

And it ended with a trophy...the Amsterdam Tournament

The season kicked off with our new signing getting his first goal for Arsenal inside the first five minutes

The season kicked off with our new signing getting his first goal for Arsenal inside the first five minutes

But we lost... with the season only into the second week

But we lost... with the season only into the second week

So Wenger had some thinking to do...

So Wenger had some thinking to do...

And we bounced back in style... thumping FC Twente 4-0 to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League (6-0 on aggregate)

And we bounced back in style... thumping FC Twente 4-0 to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League (6-0 on aggregate)

After the Fulham defeat, Arsenal produced a string of superb performances including a 4-0 thrashing of Blackburn with Adebayor getting a hattrick

After the Fulham defeat, Arsenal produced a string of superb performances including a 4-0 thrashing of Blackburn with Adebayor getting a hattrick

The first team were doing a good job in the Premier League, while the fringe side produced even an better performance in the Carling Cup. 6-0 win against Sheffield United with Vela grabbing a hattrick

The first team were doing a good job in the Premier League, while the fringe side produced an even better performance in the Carling Cup. 6-0 win against Sheffield United with Vela grabbing a hattrick

But the joy was short lived... Geovanni stunned the Emirates with a thunderous strike to hand Arsenal only their second defeat ever at the Emirates Stadium

But the joy was short lived... Geovanni stunned the Emirates with a thunderous strike to hand Arsenal only their second defeat ever at the Emirates Stadium

But Arsene Wenger still shook hands with Hull manager Phil Brown; something that has been erased from Brown's memory ever since

But Arsene Wenger still shook hands with Hull manager Phil Brown; something that has been erased from Brown's memory ever since

Arsenal's Premier League ambitions had suffered a set-back but not the Champions League. An Adebayor inspired Arsenal cruised to a 4-0 win against FC Porto

Arsenal's Premier League ambitions had suffered a set-back but not the Champions League. An Adebayor inspired Arsenal cruised to a 4-0 win against FC Porto

And Arsenal were nearly handed a third Premier League defeat only for Fabregas to rescue a point with a last minute header

And Arsenal were nearly handed a third Premier League defeat only for Fabregas to rescue a point with a last minute header

Next week Arsenal created history with the 5-2 thrashing at Fenerbahce. Ramsey scored his first goal for his new club

Next week Arsenal created history with the 5-2 thrashing at Fenerbahce. Ramsey scored his first goal for his new club

Arsenal tried to keep their challenge for the Premier League alive getting a 2-0 win at Upton Park

Arsenal tried to keep their challenge for the Premier League alive getting a 2-0 win at Upton Park

But in one of the matches of the season, Spurs held Arsenal to a 4-4 draw at the Emirates

But in one of the matches of the season, Spurs held Arsenal to a 4-4 draw at the Emirates

After that draw, it seemed Arsenal will have to wait for yet another year to win the Premier League

After that draw, it seemed Arsenal will have to wait for yet another year to win the Premier League

If Arsenal still had a chance of winning the Premier League, it was effectively ended by Stoke

If Arsenal still had a chance of winning the Premier League, it was effectively ended by Stoke

But Arsenal bounced back from the recent dissapointments

But Arsenal bounced back from the recent dissapointments

...as Nasri won it for Arsenal against Manchester United with a brace

...as Nasri won it for Arsenal against Manchester United with a brace

The Young Guns though continued their impressive run in the Carling Cup dumping Wigan's first team out of the competition. Vela was a hero once again

The Young Guns though continued their impressive run in the Carling Cup dumping Wigan's first team out of the competition. Vela was a hero once again

But soon the season started getting worse…

Wilshere - Exceptional talent

Wilshere - Exceptional talent

The Arsenal under-18s ripped Liverpool apart in the FA Youth Cup final’s 1st leag at the Emirates. It has brought Steve Bould and his side in the limelight with all Arsenal fans coming up with heaps of praises for the youngsters.

It’s a fact Jack Wilshere is the best among those lads and he certainly showed it with his performance. Truly world class (Though one has to admit Henri Lansbury is not far behind either.) The young Englishman is certainly a bright prospect for Arsenal and England; and he feels his team mates are good enough as well and ready to step up in the first team:

“I think any of us can break into the first team because we are all that good.

“We’ve all got talent and we know we can push into the first team. We love playing together, especially with 33,000 fans in watching us.”

Though the statement is a bit of an exaggeration but it shows how much confidence he has in his and his team-mates abilities. No doubt there are 4 or 5 players in there who can be termed future Arsenal stars, and Wilshere tops that list.

U17 EM Team EnglandArsenal starlet Jack Wilshere was caught up with fellow young Englishmen John Bostock, Gary Gardner and Jonjo Shelvey relaxing.

The youngsters are the brightest talents of England and certainly stars of the future.

Following is a conversation of the four:

On a wall nearby, a flat-screen TV is showing live coverage of Germany against Turkey in the same group as England and Holland. All four teams are staying in the same hotel. Turkey take the lead.

‘Turkey are strong,’ nods Wilshere. Germany level almost instantly with an incredible volley. ‘Wow,’ yells Bostock. ‘Watch this, watch this. Great ball, look at the that. What a finish.’ The game consumes them for a couple of minutes.

WILSHERE: ‘There’s not much mingling between the four teams in the hotel. There’s a lad from Arsenal who plays for Holland and I talk to him. I pass spare time on the laptop or watching DVDs. You can get a bit bored. There’s computers in the rooms.’

BOSTOCK: ‘They’ve got Pro Evolution Soccer, which I’m best at.’

Easy life? Well, it has been said. And it is very much a topic for debate since Frank Lampard claimed that young players these days get too much too soon and lose their appetite for hard work and improvement. WILSHERE: ‘I don’t think that’s right. Maybe at Chelsea it’s like that.’

BOSTOCK: ‘I don’t think they clean boots at Chelsea. My agent used to be a scholar at West Ham and he said they used to paint the changing rooms. So it’s changed a lot. But you’ve got to do those jobs. That inspires you to get to the first team, so you don’t have to do them. It’s good. It’s humbling.

‘We clean boots at Tottenham. Each youth-team player gets assigned to a first-team player, who they think you should look up to and model yourself on. I’ve got Luka Modric. He doesn’t talk. He’s quiet. I don’t think he knows I clean his boots.’

SHELVEY: ‘Do you clean boots at Arsenal, Jack?’

WILSHERE: (shaking his head) ‘I clean my own boots. We have jobs, like sweeping out the boot rooms and that after training.’

GARDNER: ‘We have to do the bibs and the balls.’

BOSTOCK: ‘It’s a long day. I get in at eight o’clock and I get home at half five. Unlike Jonjo.’

SHELVEY (who has been in Charlton’s first team and enjoying the senior side’s training schedule): ‘I get in at 10, have a bit of breakfast, go to training and finish about half one. But then I have to wait because one of the scholars gives me a lift home.’

BOSTOCK: ‘It’s his chauffeur.’

SHELVEY: ‘No, he’s one of my mates and he lives right next to me. I sort him out with a bit of money. On Mondays, I’ll sometimes stay out and do the afternoon session with the scholars or go in the gym and work on my power (he flexes his biceps and grins) but there hasn’t really been much improvement there yet.’

GARDNER: ‘We have to be in at quarter to nine and finish about half three, but on Tuesday afternoon there’s college and we finish about half four.’

SHELVEY: ‘When I was younger, if I had a bad game, I used to think I wanted to be a golfer. We’re lucky about what we do. You always think what you might be doing if you weren’t a footballer. I’d probably be working in McDonald’s.’

WILSHERE: ‘I’d be a plumber like my dad.’

BOSTOCK: ‘I’d probably have gone into athletics, I’m an athlete, me, mate. Or tennis.’ WILSHERE: ‘Your motivation comes from the first-team players. You look at them and think that’s where you want to be. Once you start getting a taste of the first team, you want more.’

BOSTOCK: ‘I find it hard to get comfortable because as soon as you achieve one thing, you’re looking for the next one. You play for the U17s and then you want to play for the U19s, then the U21s. Players I’ve played with like Jack Rodwell and Nathan Delfouneso have moved on to the U19s. Look at Wayne Rooney and you see what’s achievable. I suppose the height is like Cristiano Ronaldo, he gets voted the best player in the world. How does he feel after that?’

WILSHERE: ‘Not this year he isn’t. He’s not the best this year.’

BOSTOCK: ‘Last year. It doesn’t matter what year it was. He was officially the best player in the world.’

WILSHERE: ‘Not this year.’

So who is?

WILSHERE: ‘Messi.’

GARDNER: ‘Gerrard for me. He’s got everything. Best midfielder in the world I reckon. Definitely.’SHELVEY: ‘Yeah, Gerrard.’

WILSHERE: ‘What about Messi?’

GARDNER: ‘Nah, Gerrard, all-round player. He’s a leader as well.’

SHELVEY (pointing at Bostock): ‘It’s aliens. Ask him when it comes to heroes. Ask him about aliens.’

Bostock was once quoted in a magazine interview saying his heroes were Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldinho and that he and his friends called them ‘aliens’ because they were from another planet. He is still trying to live it down.

BOSTOCK: ‘I was about 15. It looks terrible now, the fact that I said that. I love football, so I’ve always looked up to Ronaldinho, I just love the way he plays football.’

Gardner has a role model within the family. Older brother Craig is at Aston Villa and an England U21 international.

GARDNER: ‘I look up to Craig a lot. Growing up, I’ve seen everything he does and I know what you need to be a Premier League player. That’s helped me a lot. He always came to watch me and knowing your brother is there watching you makes you play better. I still live at home. Craig’s never far away. He comes round almost every day. I’ve got five brothers all together.’

SHELVEY: ‘How big’s your house?’

GARDNER: ‘I’m the youngest. The oldest is 30, I think. Two of us play football. One’s a gardener (general amusement), one’s a florist, a builder, a plasterer. They all played football. One plays for Solihull Moors in the Blue Square North. I don’t know where the talent comes from. I think it’s my mum. She played for Villa girls.’

WILSHERE: ‘When I went to train with the first team, they just said, “watch Fabregas”.’

BOSTOCK: ‘Modric is unbelievable. He sees things other people can’t see. He thinks about two seconds ahead of everyone else. You can’t get near him in training.’SHELVEY: ‘If I want advice, I ask Matty Holland. He’s scored in the World Cup finals and he’s a perfect role model. I can’t drive yet and when we go to away games at night, he’ll take me home after. He’s quality. I’ve got my test in June. We don’t all drive A3s do we?’ This is aimed at Wilshere.

GARDNER: ‘I’ve never driven a car.’

BOSTOCK: ‘I’ve done 10 hours of lessons but I’m already a good driver. I’m doing reversing round a corner now.’

WILSHERE: ‘It took me about nine hours to pass my test. I was a natural.’

Driving tests? Heroes? It’s a reminder that these are just normal teenagers. Well, almost. So, what do they talk about?

SHELVEY: ‘Chicks.’

WILSHERE: ‘Us three talk about girls. I don’t know what he talks about’ (he nods at Bostock).

SHELVEY: ‘He talks about Ronaldinho. He talks about people from Jupiter or Saturn.’

WILSHERE: ‘After the game, we talk about the game, probably for a day.’

SHELVEY: ‘You talk about what you laugh about.’

BOSTOCK: ‘We talk about everything because we spend so much time with each other.’

GARDNER: ‘We tell each other our deepest, darkest secrets.’The England squad meet for dinner and then plan to watch a big match on television. They are expected to be in their rooms for 10.30pm.

BOSTOCK: ‘It makes you more disciplined. You see your mates getting drunk. It’s better that you’re focusing on your dream.’

GARDNER: ‘Your mates say, “come out, we’re going clubbing”. And you have to say no. It’s hard but if you want to get to the top, it’s what you’ve got to do.’

BOSTOCK: ‘This is a great life to lead. But the difference between winning and losing can be very small. So drinking and all that is not going to help.’

SHELVEY: ‘If you go out the night before a game and cost your team a goal, you let everyone down. It’s work, it’s your career. It’s a bonus that there’s good money in it. You’ve got to secure your future after football.’

BOSTOCK: ‘There’s your family as well. They’ve sacrificed so many things for your career that it’s nice to reward them with some money.’

GARDNER: ‘They spend hours driving you everywhere. And all the money they must spend on petrol.’

Germany go on to beat Turkey 3-1 and progress to the last four alongside Holland. England go out – and miss out on a World Cup place – after losing to Germany and Turkey and drawing against the Dutch. The players are obviously disappointed.

BOSTOCK: ‘Coming here, I really thought we had the most talented group. We didn’t fear anyone.’

Wilshere sounds the most mature among the four! I especially loved his comments about Chelsea!

This conversation first appeared in Daily Mail

Wilshere trusts Wenger

Wilshere trusts Wenger

Wilshere has immense talent is a huge prospect for the future but Wenger hasn’t been trying him out in the Premier League which leaves the youngster frustrated, though he is confident Wenger knows exactly what he is doing. The young Englishman said:

“Theo is what I want to be like.

“When he first came here people were talking a lot about him. He kept his head down though and now he is established in the first team. He is a good example for me.

“It’s frustrating not to be playing, because when you see the games you really want to be out there with them, but I trust the boss – he knows exactly what he’s doing.

“He tells me I’m getting closer and closer.

“It’s been my most successful season, but probably my most frustrating as well. It’s frustrating that I haven’t played as much as I usually do, but there have been lots of highlights too.

“People outside used to talk about English players not getting a chance at Arsenal, but when you look at the other young players in the team and think if they are there, why can’t I be?

“My confidence has gone up and I’ve increased my mental strengths particularly since being in the first team.

“Next season I want to have a good pre-season again, then hopefully get some more games, and come off the bench more. Basically to just be more involved in the first team.”

Maybe he will get more chances next season but most probably that would just be limited to the FA Cup and Carling Cup mostly. We might not be able to see the best of Wilshere till at least two years later. But no doubt he has a bright future ahead of him. He is a big asset for Arsenal.

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