His loan stint at Bolton was highly beneficial in giving him the much needed confidence which comes by playing first team games on a more regular basis. His performances in pre-season were roundly praised by Arsene Wenger .
He said, "At 18 years of age you can have patience with a player, but I believe Wilshere is stronger than last year. The few months he played at Bolton has definitely given him something. He will be used by us [next season] for sure."
Apparently, Kieran Gibbs and Theo Walcott are also in line for call-ups to the squad. Walcott I can understand, but I think Gibbs is probably in with a sneak due to the absence of an established back up to Ashley Cole as well as the woeful performance of majority of the England team at the World Cup in South Africa.
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart who is also expected to be called up is reportedly a new transfer target for Arsenal as the prospect of signing Mark Schwarzer looks ever bleaker. He was one player who was able to escape any form of criticism after the World Cup simply because he did not feature in any of England’s four games at the tournament.
The 23-year-old, who has spoken of his concern about not being guaranteed a first team position at Manchester City due to the presence of Shay Given, will be keen remain in Fabio Capello’s plans and not go the way of Ben Foster a year ago.
Arsene Wenger is reportedly on the verge of making a considerable offer for the young Englishman. How that will pan out is uncertain and as usual we’ll probably have to wait till the very end of the window for anything concrete.
Today is the 2010 Members Day and my only wish is for Cesc Fabregas to repay the love and trust of the manager, players, and fans by declaring his unflinching commitment to the club.
That, to me, is the only way we can stop all these Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona stories. Anything short of that will be a disaster for the player, the club and the fans. Even if he doesn’t,
I am adamant we won’t budge in our stance—even if it is just to spite Barcelona!
Till tomorrow…Victoria Concordia Crescit.