Arsenal latest: Wilshere won't smoke again and Rosicky 'health reasons' cause absence

All the latest news and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.

Jack Wilshere has vowed to never smoke again. The England and Arsenal midfielder was snapped by an intrepid photographer having a cheeky cigarette outside a nightclub after Arsenal’s comfortable win against Napoli in the Champions League.

It caused a furore among the press, and now Wilshere has got serious about the incident, admitting he made an error and won’t be doing it again:

"Players make mistakes. I am not a smoker. I spoke with the boss and he asked me what happened, I explained to him and we sorted it out. He put me in the team and hopefully I repaid him. I am not a smoker so I think that will be my last."

Arsenal are entering the race for talented young Swedish defender Aleksandr Milosevic. The powerful central defender is currently with AIK in the Swedish Allsvenskan.

Liverpool and Fulham are also monitoring the young talents progress - so keep an eye on any developments toward January.

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Mikel Arteta continues to be cautious about the season ahead, despite Arsenal’s excellent start to the campaign. Arsenal are currently top of the league, but the Spaniard insists that until 10 games have been played the league table does not tell you much about the rest of the season:

"After 10 games most of the teams have played against most of the teams. You know where you are and you know your level. You have played against teams at the top and teams at the bottom as well. But at the moment the league looks good.’’

Wojciech Szczesny has been showing a pragmatic view toward losing their winning streak, by suggesting that they now have a chance to start a new one. The winning streak came to an end against West Brom on Sunday, but the Pole is not worried:

"It's time for us to start a new run. Hopefully we can win the next game and the few more after that, and create the momentum again. We're still top of the league so the momentum is still with us. We won't lose our confidence.’’

Tomas Rosicky has pulled out of the Czech Republic squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers - citing ‘health reasons’.

The 33-year-old only recently returned to action from a calf problem, and the country’s national team director Vladimir Smicer has confirmed his absence.

It comes amid rumours in his homeland that international retirement is just around the corner.


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