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Arsene Wenger expects Jack Wilshere to become an England centurion

Bale is the flavour of the month… But Wilshere will be an England centurion, claims Wenger

By
Jim Van Wijk, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

22:50 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

09:40 GMT, 3 March 2013

No pressure: Jack Wilshere is expected to win 100 caps, according to Wenger

No pressure: Jack Wilshere is expected to win 100 caps, according to Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is in no doubt midfielder Jack Wilshere can outlast the hype and go on to earn a century of caps for England.

Wilshere, 21, returned from more than a year out injured in October, but is already being heralded as an integral part of the future hopes of both club and country.

Arsenal head to Tottenham on Sunday, where they will come up against in-form Welshman Gareth Bale, who has drawn comparisons with Europe's best after his match-winning performances this season.

Wenger believes his own talented midfielder has everything ahead of him.

'Bale is the flavour of the moment. When you look at Wilshere, who will deny that this guy will get 100 caps for England Nobody, if he has no injury,' said Wenger.

'My worry is not to compare Wilshere with anyone else. My only worry when you are a footballer player of that talent is to become as good as you can become.

'That is the only thing that is of interest to me. I leave the comparisons to other people. My job is to get the best out of him.'

Talking a good game: Wenger (left) and Wilshere (right)

Talking a good game: Wenger (left) and Wilshere (right)

Wenger feels it is sometimes overlooked just how much Wilshere has achieved since arriving at the club aged nine.

'You tend to forget how old he is when you see him play. You never come out of a game and think 'this guy is 21 years old'. He's at a stage where the others have not started,' said Wenger.

'You think of Jack (as) an established player in the Premier League and at international level, that is still something special.'

Wenger feels Wilshere will develop into Arsenal's natural leader. He continued: 'Jack breathes football. He doesn't talk too much, but he understands everything.

On the run: Wilshere (right) takes on Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger

On the run: Wilshere (right) takes on Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger

'What he has exceeded is the speed of his physical fitness in the game. Honestly, I never expected that.'

Wilshere has yet to score in the Premier League this season, but Wenger feels that the goals will soon come.

'I believe it's part of his development to play a bit more advanced,” the Arsenal boss said.

'In some games, he is more comfortable deeper. I believe he has a little dribble that can get him through in the final third and the finishing will come.

'He's a bit in a situation like (Cesc) Fabregas was for a while. He said to me “but I cannot score goals', however you could see that it would come.

'Jack doesn't talk about it, but who doesn't want to score goals He is more a team player than a goalscorer.

'He will never be a goalscorer, but he can be capable to score.'

Arsenal head across north London defending a five-match unbeaten run, with three victories on the bounce, as they look to move back to just one point behind their rivals.

Wenger accepts there are no longer any margins for error if his team at to secure another top-four finish.

'It is still open, but I am realistic and we cannot drop points,' he said.

'One or two of the other teams will always win over the weekend. If we drop points we can fall quickly behind.

'So there are two things we cannot do – drop points and also speculate over the weaknesses of our opponents because that can be deadly as well.'

Wigan agree 5m fee with Spartak Moscow for Republic of Ireland winger McGeady

Wigan agree 5m fee with Spartak Moscow for Republic of Ireland winger McGeady

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

07:34 GMT, 31 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:18 GMT, 31 January 2013

Back to Britain: McGeady is set to return

Back to Britain: McGeady is set to return

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is hoping to push through a late 5million move for Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady.

Sportsmail revealed last week that the Latics were looking to bring in McGeady on loan from Spartak Moscow, but now the Daily Mirror are reporting that the two clubs have agreed a fee for a permanent deal.

McGeady will have to take a pay cut from the 70,000-a-week wage he earns in the Russian capital, but the former Celtic man is thought to be keen on a move back to Britain.

The 26-year-old has 18 months left on his contract at Spartak and the
club are ready to cash in on the man they paid for 9.5m for back in August 2010.

High hopes: McGeady cost Spartak 9.5m back in August 2010

High hopes: McGeady cost Spartak 9.5m back in August 2010

McGeady, who has 57 caps for his country, is wanted by Martinez to help Wigan's survival bid and it is thought the Spaniard has beaten Sunderland to his signature.

Loic Remy signs for QPR from Marseille for 8million

I'm the man to keep QPR in the Premier League, says Remy after sealing his 8m move from Marseille

after he was ruled out of the tournament with a thigh injury.

Fellow QPR player and teammate at Marseille Joey Barton tweeted a message to the outgoing forward: 'Best of luck to you both. Loic is a great guy and a fantastic player'.

QPR currently stand bottom of the Premier League, two points behind Reading in 19th and five behind Wigan and safety.

They have a crunch period of games coming up, including away to West Ham, away to Man City and home to Norwich in the next few weeks.

New signing Remy alongside Chief Executive Philip Beard

Bedding in: New signing Remy alongside Chief Executive Philip Beard

New QPR signing Loic Remy exclusively photographed at Loftus Road


New QPR signing Loic Remy exclusively photographed at Loftus Road

Remy has 17 caps for France so far

International: Remy has 17 caps for France so far

Joe Cole latest: West Ham to beat QPR to Liverpool flop

He's coming home! Kop flop Cole set to chose West Ham over old boss Harry at QPR

By
Matt Fortune

PUBLISHED:

14:36 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:06 GMT, 2 January 2013

West Ham are confident they can beat QPR to the permanent signing of Joe Cole from Liverpool, and want him back at Upton Park in time for the weekend FA Cup tie with Manchester United.

The midfielder has endured a torrid two and a half years since leaving Chelsea, and was farmed out on a season-long loan deal to Lille last season.

Cole's the goal: West Ham look set to beat QPR to the signing of Joe Cole

Cole's the goal: West Ham look set to beat QPR to the signing of Joe Cole

He returned with the hope of forcing himself into Brendan Rodgers' plans, but has once again fallen short of expectation.

Sources at Liverpool are hopeful a deal can be agreed for the severance from the 18 months left on Cole's 90,000-per-week deal. If West Ham want Cole to play this weekend, he must be registered by midday on Friday.

Last week, Harry Redknapp admitted his interest in luring the former England international to Loftus Road

Favourite: Cole broke through at West Ham as a teenager and is still popular

Favourite: Cole broke through at West Ham as a teenager and is still popular

Favourite: Cole broke through at West Ham as a teenager and is still popular

'I’ve got a lot of time for Joe as a
player and as a person,' said Redknapp, of the player who have him his
competitive debut in 1998. 'I’d like to bring Joe here if I can but the
deal would have to be right for the club.

'We couldn’t do a deal as it [Cole’s
wages] is at Liverpool. I’ll have to speak to Brendan Rodgers. We’ll
have a chat when the time’s right.'

But now the Hammers, Cole's first
club, have jumped ahead of their London rivals in the race for a player
with 56 international caps to his name.

The No 26 shirt, worn by Cole during his time in east London is currently vacant in Sam Allardyce's squad.

But what will Harry say: Cole get his chance under old boss Redknapp

But what will Harry say: Cole get his chance under old boss Redknapp

Sir Alex scouts 15m-rated Benfica defender Garay

Sir Alex scouts 15m-rated Benfica defender Garay

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UPDATED:

11:15 GMT, 21 December 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has sent scouts to watch 15million-rated Argentinian defender Ezequiel Garay play for Portuguese club Benfica.

Formerly of Real Madrid, Garay has to be sold by Benfica next summer since they are struggling to pay his wages.

Garay has 11 caps for his country and has also been tracked by Juventus.

Heads up: Sir Alex has sent scouts to watch Garay in recent matches

Heads up: Sir Alex has sent scouts to watch Garay in recent matches

Sir Alex has had to field a patched-up defence this season following Nemanja Vidic's lengthy absence and Rio Ferdinand has also been prone to injury in recent years.

He struggled to land a permanent place under Jose Mourinho, but has been impressive after moving to Portugal.

Real are also entitled to half of whatever fee he is sold for.

Case for the defence: Garay has been in action in the Champions League with Benfica

Case for the defence: Garay (left) has been in action in the Champions League with Benfica

Liverpool turn to Nicolas Isimat Mirin after price for Stefan de Vrij went too high

Liverpool join race for France U21 Isimat Mirin after being priced out of move for De Vrij

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 17 December 2012

Liverpool are among clubs monitoring French centre-back Nicolas Isimat Mirin.

The 21-year-old graduate of the Clairefontaine academy has established himself as a regular in the Valenciennes side but is out of contract in 18 months.

In demand: Liverpool are the latest to show interest in Nicolas Isimat-Mirin (right)

In demand: Liverpool are the latest to show interest in Nicolas Isimat-Mirin (right)

Liverpool have been keen on Feyenoord's Stefan de Vrij, 20, but he could prove too expensive.

Manager Brendan Rodgers may need to sell to finance further deals after earmarking most of his budget on strikers Daniel Sturridge and Tom Ince.

Mirin has earned three caps for Les Bleus Under 21 team.

Brad Jones to sign new deal at Liverpool

Liverpool keeper Jones set to sign new deal after impressing Rodgers

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UPDATED:

22:53 GMT, 5 December 2012

Brendan Rodgers is set to reward Brad Jones’s improvement by offering him a new deal.

The Liverpool keeper, 30, who moved to Anfield in August 2010, is entering the final six months of his contract.

Jones' has been battling with Pepe Reina for the No 1 spot but the Spaniard is set to leave the club.

Here to stay: Brad Jones is set to be offered a new deal at Liverpool

Here to stay: Brad Jones is set to be offered a new deal at Liverpool

Rodgers is considering January moves for Birmingham's England goalkeeper Jack Butland or young German prospect Ron-Robert Zieler.

Rodgers has been unsure about Reina, 30, since he arrived in the summer and wants a long-term replacement.

The Liverpool boss almost moved to
sign England international Butland in the summer but held off. Now he is
ready to step up his interest in the 19-year-old when the transfer
window opens.

Heading out Pepe Reina could leave Liverpool in the January window

Heading out Pepe Reina could leave Liverpool in the January window

Zieler, meanwhile, is one of the best keepers in Germany and is contracted to Hannover with a 12.2m buy-out clause.

Having
started his career at Manchester United, the 23-year-old joined
Hannover in 2010 and has played more than 70 games. He also has two full
Germany caps.

Dan Carter misses Wales v New Zealand with leg injury

Carter forced out of All Blacks team for Wales showdown after suffering leg injury

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UPDATED:

17:34 GMT, 23 November 2012


Superstar: All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter

Superstar: All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter

Dan Carter has been ruled out of the New Zealand team for tomorrow’s Test match against Wales in Cardiff.

The fly-half Carter will be replaced by Aaron Cruden, with Beauden Barrett joining the replacements’ bench.

Carter, who has won 93 caps, suffered a leg injury during All Blacks training at the University of Glamorgan yesterday.

In nine appearances against Wales he has scored 162 points and never been on the losing side.

There has so far been no official confirmation from the All Blacks camp surrounding his withdrawal.

Carter, though, has Tweeted a picture of All Blacks training inside the Millennium Stadium this afternoon. In the same post, he said: 'Gutted not to be playing with these boys in this stadium tomorrow'.

Brian Deane lands manager"s job at Sarpsborg in Norway

Former Leeds and Sheffield United striker Deane lands manager's job in Norway

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UPDATED:

22:42 GMT, 21 November 2012

Former England striker Brian Deane has been appointed as the head coach of Norwegian side Sarpsborg.

The 44-year-old, who had been working at Leeds University, will take the reigns of the club who were this season promoted to Norway’s top flight.

Claim to fame: Brian Deane scored the first ever goal in the Premier League

Claim to fame: Brian Deane scored the first ever goal in the Premier League

'I am looking forward to putting my stamp on this job,' Deane told the club’s official website.

Deane won three caps for England and is famous for scoring the first goal in the history of the Premier League.

Deacon Manu will captain Fiji against England

Fiji name Manu as captain for England clash at Twickenham

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UPDATED:

18:47 GMT, 6 November 2012

Scarlets prop Deacon Manu has been confirmed as captain of Fiji for Saturday's QBE international against England at Twickenham.

The 33-year-old, who has 12 caps to his name, led Fiji on their 2010 tour of Europe and in last year's Rugby World Cup.

Skipper: Manu (left) will lead Fiji out against England on Saturday

Skipper: Manu (left) will lead Fiji out against England on Saturday

'Manu has led the team before and has shown good leadership skills,' said Fiji coach Inkike Male.

'With his experience and the respect the boys have in him, I am confident that he has the qualities in him to not only lead the front row, but the whole team.'