News and gossip from The Emirates including Arsene Wenger, Jack Wilshere, Andre Ayew and Kieran Gibbs.
Arsene Wenger has been speaking about the game with West Brom yesterday evening, where a Jack Wilshere goal earned them a tough point on the road at The Hawthorns.
Wilshere’s goal was the culmination of a difficult week, but also, a very difficult first half performance. Wilshere struggled in the opening period but Wenger defended his player:
‘’At least that is done now but he had a difficult first half where he was fouled a lot but he has shown that he has character and kept going until the end. It's good that he was rewarded.’’
West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu however believes that The Baggies deserved more than a point, after yet another brilliant performance, following on from their win against Manchester United last weekend:
"We knew we were playing a great team, but we did very well. I think we had a great chance to score, Nicolas missed a great chance. We are really happy with point today.’’
Arsenal have received high praise from a new destination, in the form of Ghanaian forward Andre Ayew.
Ayew, who is part of the Marseille team who face Arsenal in the seasons Champions’ League Group Stage , was speaking about the Ligue 1 powerhouses Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco - and how they are taking over French football with their financial clout.
"I do not make me worry for young people. They play to the Ligue 1 level. That's when he will face criticism that will help. The club[Marseille] is logical to the end. Do not change everything in one year if the results are not those expected. The best example is with Arsenal, Ramsey (22), Wilshere (21), Walcott (24} Koscielny (28). Wenger knew where he was going, he had to be patient. And his stewardship has rewarded him Özil."
Meanwhile Kieran Gibbs is waiting on standby for a potential call-up to the England squad for this week’s World Cup qualifiers.
Ashley Cole is to undergo a scan today on a rib injury that forced him off in some discomfort for Chelsea yesterday.
The 105-cap left-back could miss the ties against Montenegro and Poland, with Gibbs a likely choice to come in as backup to Everton full-back Leighton Baines.
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