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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cazorla is Underrated- Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Santi Cazorla is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League and that he deserves more recognition from his fellow professionals.

Cazorla who joined the Gunners from Malaga in the summer has become an integral part of Arsenal’s attacking machine and has netted 12 times in his 47 appearances this term; form which Wenger believes should have been good enough to prompt selection for the PFA team of the season. “I think he is a bit of an underrated player in the Premier League,” Wenger told football betting news reporters. 

“When you think he was not in the [PFA] team of the season picked by the players, it's quite harsh. Personally I would have put him in there.

 Cazorla has been outstanding this season and regardless of whether or not he made the PFA team of the year he would certainly walk in to most Premier League starting line-ups. He is certainly popular among Arsenal fans who bet on premier league games.

 As Wenger is keen to point out, it is not just his goals that are of value to Arsenal but also his work rate around the field and his vision which has seen him credited with 16 assists this term, including all four against Wigan on Tuesday night. “When you look at his quality, that is, of course, outstanding, but also his attitude and work rate for the team,” the Frenchman said. “He's one of the players who has been absolutely outstanding this season.”

Arsenal travel to Newcastle United on Sunday for their final game of the season knowing that their Champions League fate is in their own hands. The Magpies have little to play for after securing Premier League survival but Alan Pardew’s men certainly won’t make it easy for the Gunners. If Santi Cazorla continues to perform as well as he has been, however, then Newcastle will struggle to cope with him and Arsenal should come home from the North East with a comfortable three points.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Good news on Wilshere at last!

Arsenal have finally revealed some good news regarding Jack Wilshere’s ankle injury this week that is likely to please Gooners up and down the country.

No, he hasn’t miraculously recovered and will still have minor surgery on the problem this summer but, because of this, the midfielder will be unavailable for England friendly duty when the national side meet up for two irrelevant matches!

Granted, many Arsenal fans over at Betting.betfair would love to see Wilshere in an England shirt commanding the midfield as he so often does, but for the good of the player it is best he sits out of these meaningless friendlies.

The 21-year-old has carried this fresh ankle knock for a while now and what he needs more than any player on this Arsenal team is a long rest this summer. It is less than a year since he returned from a career-threatening injury brought upon by too much football outside his club obligations and what he doesn’t need is another scare this summer.

Had Wilshere been selected for Roy Hodgson’s squad for friendlies with Republic of Ireland and Brazil, we would have all watched the games in nervous apprehension our midfield star was about to break down on the field.

No, keeping Wilshere away from England duty – even if it is to have surgery – is a real boost for both the player and Arsenal heading into the new campaign.

Boss Arsene Wenger admitted before the Wigan match on Tuesday Wilshere has been playing with painkillers for the past few weeks to aid their battle for Champions League qualification  and Arsenal cannot afford to have him in this state of fitness come August.

The Gunners are facing a difficult summer ahead where Wenger’s transfer moves will be closely scrutinised and one thing he doesn’t need is the problem of finding a replacement midfielder early on in the season and therefore we should be delighted Wilshere isn’t in the England set-up.