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Jack Wilshere set to miss England games against Republic of Ireland and Brazil

Wilshere blow for England as Arsenal star faces end-of-season op

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

07:29 GMT, 21 April 2013

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UPDATED:

08:45 GMT, 21 April 2013

Roy Hodgson is set to be dealt an injury blow with the news that Jack Wilshere could miss both of England's internationals this summer.

The Arsenal star, who came of the bench for the remaining 19 minutes of his side's 1-0 win at Fulham yesterday, is poised to undergo surgery at the end of the season.

Doubt: Jack Wilshere is expected to be unavailable for England's games against Republic of Ireland and Brazil

Doubt: Jack Wilshere is expected to be unavailable for England's games against Republic of Ireland and Brazil

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Wilshere is set to become a dad for the second time later this year. The Arsenal midfielder's partner, Lauren Neal, is expecting in October.

Wilshere has only recently returned to first-team action after a six-week injury lay-off.

And according to the Sunday Mirror, the 21-year-old may now require surgery to replace a pin inserted into his ankle during an operation in 2011.

That would leave Roy Hodgson without Wilshere for the friendlies against Republic of Ireland on May 29 and June 2.

Foul: Steve Sidwell was dismissed for this dangerous tackle on Mikel Arteta

Foul: Steve Sidwell was dismissed for this dangerous tackle on Mikel Arteta

Foul: Steve Sidwell was dismissed for this dangerous tackle on Mikel Arteta

Arsene Wenger meanwhile has blasted Steve Sidwell for the reckless tackle which earned him a red card in Arsenal's vital win over Fulham.

Sidwell will miss Fulham's last four games of the season after he saw red for the second time in two appearances.

The former Arsenal midfielder, who was given a straight red for a dangerous tackle on QPR defender Armand Traore three weeks ago, caught Mikel Arteta on his standing foot with a two-footed lunge just 12 minutes in to this afternoon's London derby at Craven Cottage.

Wenger also ended the game with 10 men after Olivier Giroud caught Stanislav Manolev with a last-minute lunge.

The Gunners boss had no qualms with Giroud's sending off, and that of Sidwell, which he thinks could have caused serious injury to Arteta had it happened a millisecond earlier.

'I think the referee could only give a red card (to Sidwell),' the Arsenal manager said.

'We will see (if Arteta is OK). He played the second-half. I don't know how much damage is done. It is a kick, a bad kick.

'I don't know if he has twisted his ankle or not. In these kind of things it is a question of a fraction of a second.

'If you are fully on your foot at the moment you get it you break your leg. If you ease a bit off maybe that is why he got away with it.'

Arsenal 0 Everton 0 – match report: Champions League picture muddied by draw

Arsenal 0 Everton 0: Rough and tumble night ends all square as top four fight rumbles on

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20:38 GMT, 16 April 2013

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UPDATED:

20:39 GMT, 16 April 2013

Arsenal and Everton slugged it out for a share of the spoils which does little to boost either sides' top four hopes.

The two came into the match in third and sixth place respectively, and remain there after a draw which will be remembered more its blood and thunder style than it will the football on show.

Such was the ferocity of the opening exchanges that tempers flared as the players left the pitch at half-time after Everton's Kevin Mirallas squirted Jack Wilshere with his drink.

Back on the pitch, Olivier Giroud wasted the two best chances enjoyed by either side, sliding one effort wide from an excellent Aaron Ramsey cross, then falling in a heap when well found by Theo Walcott.

More to follow…

No way through: Despite the best efforts of all concerned, neither side were able to find a goal

No way through: Despite the best efforts of all concerned, neither side were able to find a goal

MATCH FACTS

ARSENAL: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs (Monreal 90), Arteta, Ramsey, Wilshere (Oxlade-Chamberlain 68), Cazorla, Walcott (Podolski 69), Giroud Subs not used: Mannone, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Gervinho

Booked: Arteta, Monreal

Everton: Howard, Baines, Gibson, Jagielka, Mirallas (Oviedo 90), Distin, Barkley (Jelavic 76), Pienaar, Coleman, Fellaini, Anichebe (Naismith 90) Subs not used: Mucha, Heitinga, Hitzlsperger, Neville

Booked: Gibson, Pienaar, Barkley

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Attendance: 60,071

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Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Rough and tumble: There were meaty challenges flying in all over the field as the sides battled for supremacy

Chances: Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud had Arsenal's best moments in the first half

Chances: Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud had Arsenal's best moments in the first half

Chances: Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud had Arsenal's best moments in the first half

Spat: There was a running battle between Jack Wilshere and Kevin Mirallas that continued into the break

Spat: There was a running battle between Jack Wilshere and Kevin Mirallas that continued into the break

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Spat: There was a running battle between Jack Wilshere and Kevin Mirallas that continued into the break

Spat: There was a running battle between Jack Wilshere and Kevin Mirallas that continued into the break

Arsene Wenger hails Gervinho after Arsenal beat Reading

Wenger hails Gervinho as Arsenal stay in the hunt for Champions League place

By
Jim Van Wijk, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

20:44 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:44 GMT, 30 March 2013

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed the confident display of Gervinho after the Ivory Coast forward set the Gunners on the way to a 4-1 win over relegation-battlers Reading which kept them in the hunt for Champions League qualification.

Gervinho has often cut a controversial figure among supporters following a string of frustrating displays following an 11million move from Lille in July 2011.

However, the 25-year-old was on the money this afternoon, opening the scoring on 11 minutes and having a hand in everything positive as Arsenal eventually broke the Royals stubborn resistance again at the start of the second half when Santi Cazorla sweeping home. Olivier Giroud added a third following a quick break by Gervinho.

Key role: Gervinho was praised by Arsene Wenger following his performance against Reading

Key role: Gervinho was praised by Arsene Wenger following his performance against Reading

Hal Robson-Kanu headed in a consolation for Nigel Adkins' men, but there was to be no recovery to mark their new manager's first match in charge as Mikel Arteta's penalty made sure Arsenal closed up on Chelsea in the race for fourth-spot and also remained within striking distance of Tottenham, on whom they hold a match in hand.

'Gervinho's performance was very strong. He was always dangerous, always looked like he could score, gave assists and scored himself,' Wenger said.

'I believe that sometimes Gervinho has lost confidence because he played in a very negative atmosphere during a period. Strikers need confidence, and [with] his game, even more.

Winning feeling: Gervinho celebrates with team mate Bacary Sagna after the 4-1 victory

Winning feeling: Gervinho celebrates with team mate Bacary Sagna after the 4-1 victory

'He was always taking the ball and going forward, and provoking. When you lose confidence, that is a very dangerous game then.

'When he has found the confidence back, he's a very dangerous player.

'At the African Nations Cup, for me he was the best striker there. He is the type of player who is difficult to find, because they always go at people.'

Wenger was pleased with the final result for his side, who have now won six of their last eight league games and also won 2-0 away over Bayern Munich in the Champions League, although still bowing out of Europe.

'I enjoyed our technical side, our creative side, our spirit and how disciplined and focused we were,' said Wenger.

Mind the gap: Arsene Wenger fighting for Champions League qualification

Mind the gap: Arsene Wenger fighting for Champions League qualification

'The regret you have is that there were more goals in this game than the number of goals we scored.

'Overall, it's a good basis to finish the season well. Let's just keep that spirit, that attitude and play the football we want to play.'

Wenger called for his side to keep their performances high over the run-in, with little margin for error if they are to gatecrash the top four once again.

'What we do is we look at the table and we are still behind Chelsea and Tottenham. We are not in a calculation mode,' he said.

'We can just win our next game and continue to do what we do at the moment.

'We are on a run so let's take care of the quality of our game and that run. After, we'll see where we stand.

On target: Gervinho was on the scoresheet

On target: Gervinho was on the scoresheet

'It (Champions League qualification) will be less predictable than it was predicted. We have a word to say in that and we want to give our best to do it.'

For Reading, meanwhile, the outlook is not so positive as the defeat sent them bottom of the table on goal difference, some seven points adrift of safety.

However, with a home clash against former club Southampton, Adkins is not about to throw in the towel just yet.

He said: 'We have had a bit of a fragmented week with the change, and players away on international duty, trying to get to grips with where we want to go and what to do is going to be challenging.

'We wanted to get something here, but didn't. Arsenal kept the ball very well.

'We will analyse it now, debrief back with the players, take the lessons from it and work very hard on the training ground for the next one.

'You can't change everything straight away, but we will all work hard together to give us a chance in the next game.'

Adkins added: 'The spirit is there in the group, and all we can do is take it one match at a time – there here and now is putting this one to bed, working hard over the course of the week for the next one.'

Michael Owen facing FA rap for throwing punch at Mikel Arteta

Saint Michael's halo slips with Owen facing FA rap for throwing punch at Arteta

By
Ian Ridley

PUBLISHED:

22:09 GMT, 2 February 2013

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UPDATED:

09:36 GMT, 3 February 2013

Michael Owen could face a retrospective disciplinary charge from the FA after attempting to throw a punch at Arsenal's Mikel Arteta in Stoke City's 1-0 defeat at the Emirates.

The former England striker, who had been brought on as a late substitute, reacted fiercely to a strong tackle from the Spaniard and aimed a right-hander – missed by referee Chris Foy – that connected only weakly with Arteta's shoulder.

Flashpoint: Michael Owen loses his cool as he clashes with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere after a heavy tackle by Gunners' Mikel Arteta

Flashpoint: Michael Owen loses his cool
as he clashes with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere after a heavy tackle by Gunners' Mikel Arteta

Flashpoint: Michael Owen loses his cool as he clashes with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere after a heavy tackle by Gunners' Mikel Arteta

Flashpoint: Michael Owen loses his cool
as he clashes with Arsenal's Jack Wilshere after a heavy tackle by Gunners' Mikel Arteta

Owen then squared up to Jack Wilshere, who had rushed to the scene and the two players became embroiled in a pushing match.

The incident came amid a bad-tempered end to a match, in which Stoke contested Lukas Podolski's winner, between two clubs with a history of confrontation dating back to an incident when Aaron Ramsey broke a leg in a challenge from Ryan Shawcross three years ago.

Shawcross was again in trouble, receiving a yellow card that some will argue should have been red, as he slid into a challenge against Laurent Koscielny with studs up.

'I thought the Arteta challenge was a poor one but Michael shouldn't do that,' said Stoke manager Tony Pulis.

'That should be left to the referee.' Asked whether he expected Owen to be charged retrospectively, Pulis added: 'Let's see what they say. But I think it should have been a free-kick for us.

'If Michael has done what he has done and they look at it, they will deal with it.'

Pain game: This was the rash challenge that sparked the flashpoint

Stoking the flames: This was the rash challenge that sparked the flashpoint

Michael Owen and Arteta

Pulis was also aggrieved when Glenn Whelan was booked for a tackle that Stoke felt was not a free-kick and that Shawcross had needed four stitches in a leg wound after the challenge with Koscielny.

Jon Walters also required six stitches in a head wound after a clash of heads with Arsenal's 8million debutant Nacho Monreal. 'Glenn's was never a booking and when that went against us like that, it irritates you,' said Pulis. Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, felt that Shawcross should have been sent off.

'It looked it to me [to be a sending off] but I will have to look at it again,' said the Arsenal manager. 'I am maybe not completely objective with Ryan Shawcross, that is why I am cautious with my statement.'

Wenger had, however, not seen the Owen punch and so could not comment.

Arsenal 7 Newcastle 3 – match report: Theo Walcott hat-trick

Arsenal 7 Newcastle 3: Walcott hat-trick settles astonishing game as Gunners star shows his worth up front again

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UPDATED:

19:46 GMT, 29 December 2012

Theo Walcott gave Arsene Wenger yet another reminder of his goal-scoring talents as he bagged a stunning hat-trick to sink Newcastle in a 10-goal thriller at the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger had talked up Walcott as the next Thierry Henry yesterday, and the England forward – still to pen a new deal with the club – did little to disprove that idea today, scoring three excellent goals and setting up two more to give Arsenal the win that ensures they will end 2012 in fifth place, two points behind Chelsea and three adrift of Tottenham with a match in hand.

Arsenal's record scorer Henry was in the stands watching his beloved former club and he was on his feet after 20 minutes thanks to Walcott's opener – a fine curled finish following an Henry-esque break from the halfway line.

Middle man: Theo Walcott scored a brilliant hat-trick as Arsenal thumped seven past a hapless Newcastle

Middle man: Theo Walcott scored a brilliant hat-trick as Arsenal thumped seven past a hapless Newcastle

MATCH FACTS

ARSENAL: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla (Coquelin 86), Oxlade Chamberlain (Giroud 74), Podolski (Ramsey 82), Walcott. Subs not used: Mannone, Rosicky, Ramsey, Djourou, Coquelin, Gervinho.

Goals: Walcott 20, 73, 90+1 Oxlade-Chamberlain 50, Podolski 64, Giroud 84, 87.

NEWCASTLE: Krul, Simpson (Ferguson 83), Coloccini, Perch, Santon, Obertan, Bigirimana (Shola Ameobi 82), Tiote, Marveaux (Tavernier 89), Ba, Cisse. Subs not used: Harper, Sammy Ameobi, Abeid, Streete.

Goals: Ba 44, 69 Marveaux 59.

Booked: Santon

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

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Newcastle pulled level through Demba Ba, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored, only for Ba to grab his second to make it 2-2.

Arsenal looked set for a
disappointing draw after Sylvain Marveaux equalised Lukasz Podolski's
header, but Walcott turned on the class to put the Gunners 4-3 up.

The former Southampton man set up
Olivier Giroud twice and added his much-deserved third strike in injury
time with a deft chip over Tim Krul.

Walcott has scored four goals and won
one decisive penalty in the three games he has started up front and he
now has 14 for the season.

There were no early indications that
this would turn out to be a thriller in the opening quarter as both
teams started sluggishly.

Other than a couple of bits of skill from Santi Cazorla, Arsenal started poorly.

Walcott, eager to show he can cut it
as a striker, used his pace to break behind the Newcastle defence, but
Krul rushed off his line to clear.

Newcastle, branded a 'wee club in the
north-east' by Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday, had the best chance of the
opening quarter of an hour through Ba who somehow headed over Marveaux's
corner from eight yards.

The quiet atmosphere inside the
Emirates Stadium lifted after 19 minutes when Podolski slotted Walcott
in behind the Magpies defence and the England man raced through before
caressing the ball past Krul in to the far corner.

Remind you of someone Theo Walcott's first goal was vintage Thierry Henry, shaped into the far corner

Remind you of someone Theo Walcott's first goal was vintage Thierry Henry, shaped into the far corner

Remind you of someone Theo Walcott's first goal was vintage Thierry Henry, shaped into the far corner

Remind you of someone Theo Walcott's first goal was vintage Thierry Henry, shaped into the far corner

The goal was reminiscent of many strikes from Henry and thus brought the Frenchman to his feet in the stands.

Walcott was in the thick of the
action again just before half-time, wriggling free from his marker, but
Krul came off his line to stop the 23-year-old's shot.

Cheick Tiote, who scored the
equaliser in February's 4-4 thriller, almost brought the visitors level
six minutes before the break with a swirling 25-yard drive that Wojciech
Szczesny awkwardly punched away.

Walcott immediately flew up the other
end, but he laid a square pass behind the un-marked Cazorla, rather
than in front of him and Gael Bigirimana cut the danger out.

Arsenal were made to pay for the error just over two minutes from the break.

Bacary Sagna fouled Gabriel Obertan
25 yards out and Ba's resulting set-piece flew off Jack Wilshere's head
in to the Arsenal goal past the stranded Szczesny.

Level: Demba Ba's deflected free-kick meant the sides went in on terms at the break

Level: Demba Ba's deflected free-kick meant the sides went in on terms at the break

Level: Demba Ba's deflected free-kick meant the sides went in on terms at the break

Arsenal came out much stronger after
the break. Kieran Gibbs drew a save from Krul at his near post shortly
before Oxlade-Chamberlain beat the Dutchman to make it 2-1.

Podolski intercepted a weak throw-in,
heading the ball to Cazorla, who found Oxlade-Chamberlain and he made
no mistake with a fine low drive from 20 yards.

Walcott somehow muscled Tiote off the ball and charged at goal, but he dragged his shot horribly wide.

England expects: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain restored the lead with a fierce finish on 50 minutes

England expects: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain restored the lead with a fierce finish on 50 minutes

England expects: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain restored the lead with a fierce finish on 50 minutes

Once again Arsenal were made to pay
as Newcastle equalised. Obertan turned Sagna inside out before his cross
was deflected off Koscielny and in to the path of the un-marked
Marveaux who tapped in to an empty net from barely two yards.

Arsenal were back ahead within five
minutes, however. Wilshere charged at the Newcastle defence and chipped a
wonderful ball to the back post. Coloccini could only head his
clearance against the bar and the ball fell to Podolski who nodded home
the easiest finish of his career to make it 3-2.

The 60,000 fans inside the Emirates Stadium barely had time to draw breath before Newcastle equalised again.

Capitalising: Sylvain Marveaux slotted home his first goal in the Premier League to make it 2-2

Capitalising: Sylvain Marveaux slotted home his first goal in the Premier League to make it 2-2

Brave: Lukas Podolski swung the game back in the favour of the hosts with a smart header from close range

Brave: Lukas Podolski swung the game back in the favour of the hosts with a smart header from close range

Three's a crowd: Ba made the most of slack marking once more to get his side on terms for the third time

Three's a crowd: Ba made the most of slack marking once more to get his side on terms for the third time

Marveaux bought time with his
trickery before swinging a ball to the back post where Ba bustled Gibbs
out of the way to turn the ball past Szczesny.

The home crowd blasted their team's
sloppy defending, but Walcott dug them out of trouble five minutes later
with Arsenal's fourth.

Gibbs slotted the ball across the box
for Podolski, he missed ball, but Walcott was stood just behind him and
he fired in to the roof of Krul's goal.

Composed: Walcott's second was another clever finish under pressure from the men in black and white

Composed: Walcott's second was another clever finish under pressure from the men in black and white

Composed: Walcott's second was another clever finish under pressure from the men in black and white

Giroud then killed off the game with five minutes left, latching on to Walcott's cross to head between Krul's legs.

The Frenchman then rubbed salt in to
Newcastle's wounds by slotting past Krul to make it 6-3 after Walcott
charged at the Toon defence.

Walcott then got the hat-trick he
deserved in injury time, picking himself off the turf after being
flattened by Tiote before chipping the ball over Krul with a brilliant
finish.

Arsenal could have had an eighth in injury time, but Giroud's header hit the bar.

Walcott, wearing a beaming smile, walked off with the match-ball amid chants of 'sign him up' from the home crowd.

Welcome to the party: Olivier Giroud took just a few minutes to get in on the act

Welcome to the party: Olivier Giroud took just a few minutes to get in on the act

Welcome to the party: Olivier Giroud took just a few minutes to get in on the act
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Jack Wilshere wants Theo Walcott to sign new Arsenal contract

Don't Jack it in here, Theo! Wilshere pleads for Walcott to sign new Arsenal deal

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22:00 GMT, 23 December 2012

Jack Wilshere has urged close friend Theo Walcott to give Arsenal six of the best by signing his new deal.

Arsenal persuaded five of British football’s brightest talents, including midfielder Wilshere, to extend their contracts last week, but an impasse remains with Walcott.

‘Everybody at the club wants Theo to re-sign. But that is something he has to sort out, it is up to him and the club if they can reach an agreement and I hope they do,’ said Wilshere, after Mikel Arteta’s penalty had given them a 1-0 win at Wigan.

Friends: Jack Wilshere (left) is keen for Theo Walcott to sign a new deal

Friends: Jack Wilshere (left) is keen for Theo Walcott to sign a new deal

‘Theo’s been great for us. We just signed five British boys so hopefully he can be the sixth and cap it off.

‘I’m always winding him up, saying, “C’mon Theo, sign”. It’s up to him and the club. Theo knows what he means to us and what he means to the fans.’

Wilshere hopes that the 24-year-old will be influenced by the lead shown by himself, Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

He added: ‘I think he looked at that. We’re all great friends, the British boys, we all go out together, have meals together and sit together when we’re on the road, so hopefully he can follow us and sign.’

Wilshere’s return from a 16-month injury lay-off appears to have had recuperative effects on Arsenal.

Brit of all right: (left to right) Aaron Ramsey, Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Wilshere train at London Colney this week

Brit of all right: (left to right) Aaron Ramsey, Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Wilshere train at London Colney this week

Another win on the road…

ARSENAL have won 16 points away from home this season, but are 12th in the home form table.

Away P W D L Pts
1 Man Utd 10 7 1 2 22
2 Arsenal 10 4 4 2 16
3 Man City 8 4 4 0 16

Home
11 Liverpool 10 4 3 3 15
12 Arsenal 8 4 2 2 14

They have won five of the eight Premier League matches he has appeared in, including the last three, their best run since March.

On Saturday at Wigan, to the delight of Arsene Wenger, he combined technical acumen with bravery.

Never better illustrated than during the first period when he timed a sliding challenge on Shaun Maloney to perfection, only to be cautioned by referee Jon Moss.

‘I think it was a foul on Wilshere by Maloney. It looked a perfect tackle. I think he was a bit provoked by the crowd reaction,’ said Wenger.

‘I like Wilshere. After 25 minutes you look at him and he is dirty from top to bottom.’

This is a very different Arsenal midfield to the one the 20-year-old was used to before his catalogue of injuries. Having previously operated alongside Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song, Wilshere’s relationship with Spanish duo Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla is developing apace.

Midfield maestro: Wilshere is on a fine run of form

Midfield maestro: Wilshere is on a fine run of form

‘Suddenly, there are a lot of good things to talk about. But let’s not go overboard,’ urged Wenger, after his side moved into the Champions League places.

‘As much as we had not to be depressed after what happened previously, we have to keep our feet on the ground and focus on the next game.

‘I always said the group is very good mentally and that will come out in the end and hopefully we can show that now.

‘Our game is based on movement and technical quality and fluency and that demands confidence so it is very important we have confidence to play.

‘The domination was not convincing but we got the three points and it is important that you win these kinds of games, too. We have rebuilt the team and how far we go will be decided from now on.’

One person who will not be part of the revolution is long-term target Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who has extended his contract with Schalke for another two years until June 2015.

Wigan v Arsenal live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Wigan v Arsenal – as it happens from the DW Stadium

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Wigan host Arsenal at the DW Stadium to start the weekend's action. The Gunners will aim for a third straight league victory when they travel north to an injury hit Latics side that have taken just one point from their last four games.

Wigan 0 Arsenal 1

Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam, Figueroa, Boyce, Beausejour, Maloney, McArthur, McCarthy, Jones, Di Santo, Kone.

Subs: Pollitt, Caldwell, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Fyvie, Golobart.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott.

Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Coquelin, Ramsey, Arshavin, Gervinho.

Booked: Wilshere

Goal: Arteta 60 (pen)

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

73mins: Another chance for the home side as David Jones hits a rasping first-time left-foot shot inches wide of the goal. Szczesny was stranded.

70mins: Figueroa tries his luck from range but his effort takes a deflection and Szczesny makes the save.

Kone then has a chance as he cuts in from the left but again the Polish keeper is up to the task. Better from Wigan.

68mins: It turns out Di Santo was asked to remove an earring, hence his brief stay on the touchline. It certainly appeared as if it was news to him.

66mins: Di Santo is still on the touchline despite the fact there seems to be nothing wrong with him. He looks bemused before finally being allowed on. It was as if he decided to send him to the sin bin rather than book him!

64mins: Arsenal win a free kick after Di Santo's late challenge on Kieran Gibbs. Bafflement ensues as the WIgan player is told to leave the field for an unknown reason. He stands on the touchline while the fourth official tries to explain the situation.

In front: Mikel Arteta scores from the penalty spot for Arsenal (above) before celebrating

In front: Mikel Arteta scores from the penalty spot for Arsenal (above) before celebrating

Arsenal's Mikel Arteta

60mins: GOAL!

Theo Walcott is bundled over by Jean Beausejour inside the area and the referee points to the spot. Arteta steps up and sends AL Habsi the wrong way.

58 mins: PENALTY TO ARSENAL!

53mins: Arsenal have certainly been much better so far in this half. Wigan can barely get the ball out of their own half.

51mins: Arsenal win a free kick in a promising position 25 yards from goal but Podolski crashes the ball into the wall with his left foot.

49mins: Chance! It's Oxlade-Chamberlain again who receives the ball on the right from Cazorla and this time he picks out Walcott who is in space but Al Habsi makes a fine one-handed save. Walcott may well feel that he should have done better though.

48mins: Maloney also does well at the other end but opts to hit the byline rather then cross and Per Mertesacker is on hand to force the Scot to run the ball out of play.

47mins: Oxlade-Chamberlain makes a determined start to the half with a delightful dummy to reach the byline but he couldn't quite pick out a team-mate in the box.

46mins: Here we go again…

1.35pm: Wigan had the edge in the first half but there was little to get excited about to be honest. Arsenal need to improve to get the win that would take them up to third.

HALF TIME: WIGAN 0 ARSENAL 0

46mins: Two minutes added on

45mins: Maloney gets his revenge on Wilshere, chopping him down in the Arsenal half. No booking for him though.

43mins: Oxlade-Chamberlain races up the right wing but Maynor Figueroa does very well to stop the England international at the byline.

Flying in: Santi Cazorla challenges Ronnie Stam as Arsenal take on Wigan

Flying in: Santi Cazorla challenges Ronnie Stam as Arsenal take on Wigan

40mins: Wilshere is the first player to go in the book for a challenge on Maloney. The fans want a red and the Wigan players surround the referee but to be honest, in my eyes, it was a good challenge. Wilshere won the ball and didn't lead with both feet. It was a robust but fair challenge for me.

39mins: Arsenal win a corner and Walcott's ball is headed back across goal by Arteta but none of the visiting players can get it under control and Wigan clear.

37mins: The home fans are not happy after Kone is flagged offside on the left touchline. Maloney does well to find the Ivorian who looks to be inches offside but few would have complained had the advantage been given to the forward.

33mins: Cazorla looks the only danger for Arsenal at the moment and he produces more trickery to find Walcott on the edge of the box but he is closed down before he can get the shot away.

31mins: Ronnie Stam gets into a good position on the right wing but his final ball lets home down. That's quickly becoming the story of Wigan's half.

28mins: And indeed, Wigan remain on top at the DW Stadium while Arsenal look devoid of ideas. Martinez's side could do with adding a cutting edge however and indeed, getting their noses in front before Wenger delivers his team talk at the interval.

25mins: It's an obvious and rather pointless saying but Wigan really do need to make the most of such opportunities against Arsenal. The Gunners don't look to be in great shape and could well be there for the taking.

23mins: Chance! Aruna Kone bursts clear on the left and drags his shot across goal when he looked set to put Wigan in front.

19mins: Wilshere is limping after a late challenge, hopefully the midfielder will run it off soon.

Tussle: Arsenal's Theo Walcott (right) turns away from Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy

Tussle: Arsenal's Theo Walcott (right) turns away from Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy

17mins: Visiting fans are in good voice, something that can't always be said about the Emirates. Maloney has received treatment for a cut on his head after an accidental collision with Sagna.

15mins: Arsenal haven't looked particularly fluent so far, Cazorla's skill aside, and Jack Wilshere fails to win a free kick on the edge of his box.

13mins: The game has settled down again after that flurry of activity. Shaun Maloney is looking bright as he looks to help create openings for the home side.

11mins: Al Habsi is called into action again, this time after Lukas Podolksi charges through before letting fly from the edge of the area but the Oman international is on hand to save.

9mins: Brilliant from Cazorla. He flicks the ball through McCarthy's legs to Mikel Arteta who feeds Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but his shot from just inside the box is beaten behind by Ali Al Habsi.

8mins: Arsenal have been sloppy so far and Wigan look to be in no mood to let them off the hook.

7mins: Di Santo does well to latch onto a lofted ball, again on the right wing, but his cross is poor and floats over the waiting players in the box.

5mins: James McArthur feeds Franco Di Santo on the right but his cross is easily cut out by Thomas Vermaelen.

Eyes on the ball: Wigan's Jean Beausejour keeps close watch on Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Eyes on the ball: Wigan's Jean Beausejour keeps close watch on Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

3mins: Wigan aren't afraid to get at Arsenal from the start and remember, they went 2-0 up early on at the Emirates last season before holding on for a 2-1 win.

2mins: Bacary Sagna wins the first corner of the game which is flighted in by Walcott only to be comfortably clear.

1min: We're off and Arsenal are straight on the attack through Walcott but he loses possession in the Wigan half.

12.40pm: Just minutes away from kick off in Wigan.

12.35pm: Arsenal could do with some reinforcements too and we revealed today that Wenger has his eye on Barcelona's David Villa. Read the full story here.

It's one of those signings that would be brilliant if it comes off but I can't help feel that Villa will opt to remain in Spain. It would however represent something of a shift in policy from Wenger, paying a decent fee, at least for the loan, for an experienced player.

12.30pm: Martinez also wants to bring Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez in on loan. The highly-rated Mexican has been unable to force his way into the first team at Old Trafford.

Meeting of minds: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez greets Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (left)

Meeting of minds: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez greets Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (left)

12.20pm: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has already been busy in the transfer market. Honduras international midfielder Roger Espinoza has joined him at the DW Stadium.

'He is a player we have been following closely since June 2010, when he made his debut in the World Cup versus Chile,' said Martinez.

'In that game, he showed tremendous potential and slowly, he has been developing into an exciting footballer over the last three seasons in the MLS and has enjoyed terrific experiences at international level – specifically his role with Honduras in the Olympic games.

'The games versus Spain and Brazil in that tournament showed the winning and strong mentality that he possesses, which will be an important asset to our squad.'

12.15pm: Arsenal will fancy scoring a few this afternoon then and Santi Cazorla will be looking to add to his hat-trick from Monday night. The Spaniard has been a revelation a the Emirates since joining from Malaga for just 12million in the summer.

Cazorla has seven strikes to his name so far, just two behind his biggest total for a season.

12.10pm: Wigan are not exactly in great form themselves, winning one of the their last seven in the Premier League and have kept just two clean sheets this season.

12.05pm: So, Theo Walcott leads the line for Arsenal again today but still hasn't put pen to paper on a new deal. Five of his English team-mates did just that this week but Walcott remains hesitant it seems.

12pm: Here, as promised, is the Wigan line-up:

Al-Habsi, Stam, Figueroa, Boyce, Beausejour, Jones, McArthur, McCarthy, Maloney, Di Santo, Kone.

Wigan are in the midst of an injury crisis and of eight likely absentees only James McCarthy makes the starting line-up after recovering from an ankle problem, although captain Gary Caldwell (hamstring) is on the bench.

11.50am: I will have the Wigan team news for you shortly but in the meantime, how do you see this one going

Every game is must win for the Gunners at the moment, and this is no different.

Email me your thoughts at [email protected] or tweet me @martin_domin

11.45am: Arsenal are unchanged from the side who beat Reading 5-2 on Monday night.

Full team: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Arteta, Wilshere; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski

11.40am: Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of the opening chapter of this weekend's Premier League action. The DW Stadium plays host to Wigan against Arsenal at 12.45pm.

Saturday opener: Wigan host Arsenal at the DW Stadium to start the weekend's action

Saturday opener: Wigan host Arsenal at the DW Stadium to start the weekend's action

Steven Reid mocks Santi Cazorla after penalty miss against Bradford City

Karma! West Brom's Reid mocks diver Cazorla after Arsenal star misses penalty in shock cup loss

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13:25 GMT, 12 December 2012

Paying the penalty: Cazorla missed his spot-kick

Paying the penalty: Cazorla missed his spot-kick

West Brom defender Steven Reid has reignited the flames of the Santi Cazorla diving debate with a cheeky tweet alluding to Arsenal’s penalty shootout defeat to Bradford in the League Cup quarter-final clash at Valley Parade on Tuesday night.

On his personal Twitter account, Reid wrote: ‘Hmmmm #KARMA’.

West Brom were beaten 2-0 at the
Emirates Stadium on Saturday but the Baggies felt aggrieved after Santi
Cazorla went to ground easily under a challenge from Reid to earn the
Gunners a penalty, which was duly converted by Mikel Arteta to give the
Arsenal the lead.

But Reid appears to have taken some
pleasure in seeing Cazorla’s penalty saved by Bradford goalkeeper Matt
Duke in the penalty shootout, and may feel that Cazorla’s cheating has
come back to haunt him.

The miss would prove pivotal for Arsenal, with further failures from Marouane Chamakh and Thomas Vermaelen consigning the Premier League side to a shock defeat at the hands of League Two outfit Bradford.

Dive: Reid (left) slams Cazorla during Saturday's game at the Emirates

Dive: Reid (left) slams Cazorla during Saturday's game at the Emirates

Cazorla came in for strong criticism following his simulation against West Brom, and manager Arsene Wenger admitted that he would sit down with his Spanish star to eradicate the issue.

Wenger said: ‘I’m sorry if it was not a penalty,’ he said. ‘Santi told me he had been tackled and had lost his balance. He might have made a lot of it. I will look at it. Don’t worry,’ he said.

Albion boss Steve Clarke was less forgiving, stating that there was ‘Zero contact. Not even close’.

Bradford v Arsenal: Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott out injured for Capital One Cup quarter-final

Bradford out to make Arsenal pay the penalty with Giroud ruled out of cup

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00:59 GMT, 11 December 2012

Of all the things Bradford City might fear about tonight’s Capital One Cup quarter-final against Arsenal, the prospect of a penalty shootout is not one of them.

You see, the League Two promotion hopefuls have won their last eight attempts at football’s so-called lottery, including the elimination from this competition of Wigan at the DW Stadium in October.

So make no mistake, if Phil Parkinson’s team send the tie into extra time, there will be a change in the level of expectation against an Arsenal team trophyless for the past seven years.

Capital concerns: Olivier Giroud (right) is out of Arsenal's clash at Bradford

Capital concerns: Olivier Giroud (right) is out of Arsenal's clash at Bradford

Arsenal team (from):

Mannone, Szczesny,
Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Ramsey, Arteta, Cazorla, Podolski,
Martinez, Coquelin, Djourou, Arshavin, Chamakh, Frimpong, Gnabry, Angha,
Meade, Miquel, Yennaris, Eisfeld, Bellerin.

Naturally, Bradford practised their
skills from 12 yards yesterday but goalkeeper Matt Duke, whose role in
the win at Wigan preceded a frenzied 100-yard dash to celebrate in front
of the club’s 5,000 travelling fans, declined.

Both he and fellow keeper Jon
McLaughlin, who featured in the other two post-match dramas this season
against Hartlepool and Northampton, have been there enough times
already.

‘Our record is there to be recognised,
and it stands up,’ Parkinson said. ‘When you have a lot of success in
those kind of scenarios, you have to be confident. We are but there is a
lot of football to be played before it gets to that stage.

‘There is no big secret to it. But we
don’t like these shortened run-ups, or trying to be clever. There is no
better feeling than sticking the ball in the net.

‘Players over the years have wanted to
do something better than that — score in an arrogant fashion — and have
not always been successful. So we have always told the players, “These
are our rules. Pick your spot and stick to it”.’

Down and out: In-form forward Theo Walcott will also be missing at Bradford

Down and out: In-form forward Theo Walcott will also be missing at Bradford

While Duke has tasted success against
Arsenal before — four years ago he was on the bench when Hull won a
Premier League match at the Emirates — this will be a significant step
up in class for Bradford.

Boss Parkinson thinks his
players will be not over-awed. ‘No, that won’t happen,’ he said. ‘I
understand we’re up against a very good side who scored seven against
Reading and six against Coventry in earlier rounds. But we’re a
confident bunch of players.’

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Parkinson: Bradford's boss getting to grips with the Capital One Cup

‘So we have had a lot of disruption
but the spirit is great, and we have tried to plan things out so that
nobody is playing too many minutes. For example, the three players who
had played more than anyone else this season, we didn’t even take with
us to Port Vale last week.

‘The demands on the players physically are just the same whatever level you are playing at.

‘We document every minute our players
play, and have heart-rate monitors in place to regulate the intensity of
training every day. Your eye tells you so much but it’s good to have
the information to back that up.’

Not that the saturated programme has
unduly affected Bradford: they have lost only twice in 16 games in all
competitions, sit fourth in League Two and remained in all three cup
competitions until expulsion from the FA Cup for fielding an ineligible
player in the draw with Brentford last week.

Parkinson said: ‘If we go out we’ll
take it on the chin and move on; if we play the replay we’ll give it a
good go. To be fair, this is the reward for our hard work. After getting
so far, we waited for the plum draw to come out and got it with what is
a great tie for us financially.’

To join the debate ahead of Round 5 of the Capital One Cup, visit Facebook.com/CapitalOneUk

Arsenal players told by Steve Bould they let the club down against Swansea

EXCLUSIVE: You let the club down! Bould blasted Arsenal flops in changing room tirade after Swansea defeat

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22:45 GMT, 2 December 2012

Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould accused the current crop of stars of letting themselves and the club down in a dressing room tirade on Saturday.

The Arsenal stalwart was left seething by his side’s poor display as they slumped to an embarrassing 2-0 home defeat against Swansea.

The loss leaves Arsenal in 10th place, 15 points behind leaders Manchester United with a third of the season gone.

Flop fury: Steve Bould hit out at Arsenal's under-performing stars after they slipped back to 10th in the Premier League with home defeat by Swansea

Flop fury: Steve Bould hit out at Arsenal's under-performing stars after they slipped back to 10th in the Premier League with home defeat by Swansea

Flop fury: Steve Bould hit out at Arsenal's under-performing stars after they slipped back to 10th in the Premier League with home defeat by Swansea

And according to sources, Bould ripped into the club’s under-performing players during a post mortem, claiming the performance was a let-down.

The 50-year-old is also said to have blasted players for not taking responsibility against Michael Laudrup’s side. It is also understood Arsenal players were given the chance to air views in front of their team-mates.

Certain players are believed to have complained that the club’s busy fixture list has left them leg weary in recent weeks.

Bould was promoted to Arsene Wenger’s assistant in the summer after 11 years working in the Arsenal youth set-up. He won seven major honours, including three league titles, at Highbury and made 372 appearances. With the pressure building on Wenger, his right-hand man decided it was time for some home truths.

The players who complained of tiredness are likely to get a rest in Europe this week.

Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Lukas Podolski will not fly to Greece on Monday afternoon for the Champions League tie against Olympiacos and Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta could also be rested.

Former Arsenal academy player Leon Britton was one of the chief architects of Swansea’s win. The 30-year-old midfielder had seven years at the north London club during their glory years so he can measure how far they have fallen.

Unrecognisable: Leon Britton was at Arsenal during happier times

Unrecognisable: Leon Britton was at Arsenal during happier times

CHEER UP, ARSENE

This is Arsenal’s worst start to a Premier League season in 18 years. They have not had fewer than 21 points after 15 games since 1994 when they had 19 at this stage. That season they finished 12th.

However, in 1998 under Arsene Wenger they had only four more points after 15 games but still finished second.

‘Things have changed a bit from when I was at Highbury and they were winning stuff,’ said Britton after his club leapfrogged Arsenal to go seventh.

With 21 points, Arsenal are as close to QPR at the foot of the table as they are to leaders United.

Britton, who was sold to West Ham aged 16 in 1998 for a then-record 400,000, added: ‘It was a great performance, Arsenal had a lot of possession but on chances we probably edged it.

‘It’s nice to come back. It’s a great football club, everyone knows the class Arsenal have got. I was here from nine to 16 so it’s a great day for me as well.

‘In the first half against West Brom, we played the best I’ve ever played in a Swansea team. There was a danger coming to Arsenal thinking that we’d get above ourselves. But we make sure that doesn’t happen.

Signing of the summer: Miguel Michu, the 2m man, grabbed his 10th goal

Signing of the summer: Miguel Michu, the 2m man, grabbed his 10th goal

‘I don’t know if we came here knowing we’d get a result but the game plan was to sit back a little bit and when they got into our half try to hit them on the break. It worked perfectly.

‘At home, Arsenal have not picked up the results they would like. But it’s still a tough place to come and when they get their football going they’re still one of the best teams in the country.’

Michu’s brace against Arsenal took him to 10 Premier League goals in 15 games. Not bad for a 2million purchase from Rayo Vallecano, which Michael Laudrup could rightly claim is the bargain of the season.