Wednesday 22 November 2017

Wilshere finds room for improvement

Jack Wilshere maintains there is plenty more to come from him this season as the England starlet learns his trade from the likes of Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.

The 18-year-old was left on the bench for last night's goalless Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley after being called out of the Under-21s European Championship play-off second leg against Romania by Three Lions boss Fabio Capello.

Wilshere - who won his first full international cap at the start of the season - has impressed for the Gunners on his return from a productive loan spell at Bolton last season, chalking up some 10 appearances already including five starts in the Barclays Premier League.

The teenager believes this could prove a breakthrough campaign, provided he continues to learn from those around him at London Colney.

"Every day you learn when you watch someone like Cesc Fabregas, though it's not just him. There are players like Samir Nasri and Denilson and you can learn anything from them," Wilshere told

"They are top class players and the best thing to do is train with them every day."

Another youngster hoping to make his mark with Arsenal Wenger in 2010-11 is 19-year-old Henri Lansbury.

The midfielder played for the Under-21s in the goalless draw against Romania at Municipal Stadium in Botosani yesterday lunchtime which secured the Young Lions' safe passage through to next summer's finals in Denmark having won 2-1 in the first leg at Carrow Road on Friday night.

Lansbury netted his first senior goal in the Carling Cup win at arch-rivals Tottenham last month and was also involved in the Champions League squad for the Gunners' trip to Partizan Belgrade.

The teenager declared: "I am just going to keep pushing on into the first-team squad.

"I have just got to keep working hard at my game and hopefully I will get my chance.

"I have been in and out [of training with the first team] and I am just going to keep working hard everyday.

"I was on the bench against Partizan Belgrade and that was my first Champions League game - it was a great experience and I want to be in it again."

Wenger will be keeping his fingers crossed the Arsenal players return in good health, having already seen full-back Bacary Sagna ruled out for up to three weeks after picking up a thigh problem while away with France.

Arsenal have lost their last two Premier League games, with the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea leaving them some seven points off the pace and in danger of slipping out of the top four.

Skipper Fabregas was not involved for Spain against Scotland at Hampden Park last night, and expects to return from his hamstring problem to face Birmingham at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

There is an outside chance England Theo Walcott - sidelined since the last international break with an ankle injury - could also feature, but may be given some more rehabilitation time ahead of the trip to Manchester City on October 24.

Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow) is another expected back this weekend, as could defenders Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles)and full-back Kieran Gibbs (calf) while strikers Nicklas Bendtner (groin) and Robin van Persie (ankle) are both on the comeback trail, with young Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey also hoping to return from a broken leg by the end of next month.

Wenger, meanwhile, maintains Arsenal are on the right track, despite not landing a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup.

Speaking to French newspaper Le Republicain Lorrain, the Gunners boss insisted: "Arsenal get better each season without losing €200m a year - this is not true of all my colleagues in England and the rest of Europe."

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