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Arsenal"s Theo Walcott says he was abused by fans

Abuse from Arsenal fans wasn't fair but now I know how to deal with it, says Walcott

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

10:03 GMT, 20 April 2013

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UPDATED:

10:04 GMT, 20 April 2013

Winger Theo Walcott has revealed that he has received plenty of abuse during his time at Arsenal, but that he has learnt to avoid it all as he continues to mature.

The 24-year-old's future was in doubt at the beginning of the season, but he signed a new 100,000-a-week deal in January to end speculation he might leave the Emirates.

His form has varied over the past few season between being at the fore of the Gunners' attack and going missing in games.

Why bother Theo Walcott says that he avoids message boards and Twitter criticism

Why bother Theo Walcott says that he avoids message boards and Twitter criticism

Bruised: Walcott got a battering on the pitch against Everton as he felt the force of their midfield

Bruised: Walcott got a battering on the pitch against Everton as he felt the force of their midfield

Walcott says he didn't feel like the criticism he got was justified: 'Last year against Tottenham in the first half, I got a lot of abuse from the fans, which wasn't fair,' he said to The Times.

'I'm sure they would be nice to my face. People always are nice when they meet you. They would come up to me and say, ''We hope you stay, but respect your decision.''

His desire to play a more central role in Arsenal's front three is no secret, and Arsene Wenger has used him to spearhead the attack on several occasions, most notably when they beat Newcastle 7-3 and Walcott scored a hat-trick.

Taking the full force: Walcott has had his fair share of knocks against Spurs

Taking the full force: Walcott has had his fair share of knocks against Spurs

He has learnt to take the good with the bad, however, and says he now knows to keep his distance from some fans' opinions.

'It's only on message boards or Twitter and stuff – or when it's in a crowd – that it turns nasty, and that's why I avoid all that stuff.'

Along with Jack Wilshere, Walcott has been injured for the past month, and is raring to get back into the thick of the action.

He started their 0-0 draw with Everton and will hope to feature again as Arsenal travel across london to play Fulham.

Incensed: Arsene Wenger was angry with what he felt was over-physical play from Everton

Incensed: Arsene Wenger was angry with what he felt was over-physical play from Everton

But it's not always been so easy for Walcott to muster the confidence that he deserves to be on the pitch.

After being thrown into the spotlight in 2006 when Sven-Goran Eriksson picked him for England's World Cup squad, he found it hard to live up to early expectations.

'At times, with myself maybe, I haven't believed how good I am. People around me, my agent, my dad, say that to me sometimes. I think that might be the case.'

Just as with Gareth Bale, another former Southampton youngster, it took Walcott several years to justify his big money move.

But now a regular in the side, and with Wenger saying he will spend in the summer, both his and the club's future may be going in the right direction.

Recovering: Along with Jack Wilshere, Walcott is just getting back to full fitness after several weeks out

Recovering: Along with Jack Wilshere, Walcott is just getting back to full fitness after several weeks out

Arsenal suffer a blow as their target David Villa is offered a new Barcelona contract

Arsenal blow as target Villa will be offered new Barcelona deal

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

13:42 GMT, 17 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:06 GMT, 18 March 2013

Arsenal could miss out on signing David Villa after Barcelona have offered him a new contract.

The striker is due to be a free agent in 14 months time, with several English clubs sniffing around to see if they can get him for a reduced price.

However, Barcelona feel he still has a very important role at the club and staying in Spain may be his best chance of competing for a place in the national side.

Natural: David Villa scored in Barcelona's 4-0 win against AC Milan

Natural: David Villa scored in Barcelona's 4-0 win against AC Milan

Arsenal's striking problems have been well documented of late, with Arsene Wenger allowing Theo Walcott some time up front before switching back to Olivier Giroud for the most recent games.

Forward Marouane Chamakh is currently on-loan at West Ham after failing to convince his manager that he has much of a future at the club.

As for Villa, Spain's record goalscorer has been out of favour at the Nou Campafter returning at the start of the season from eight months out with a broken leg.

Rival: Alexis Sanchez is Villa's biggest competition in the team

Rival: Alexis Sanchez is Villa's biggest competition in the team

The 31-year-old joined Barcelona from Valencia in 2010 for a fee of 35million, and is reportedly on a deal worth 7m a year.

If first-team football is what Villa wants, then he may wait until the summer and consider his future before signing any new contract.

Record: Villa is Spain's top goalscorer with 53 goals in 86 games

Record: Villa is Spain's top goalscorer with 53 goals in 86 games

McFadden returns to Motherwell until the end of the season

McFadden returns to Motherwell until the end of the season

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

16:00 GMT, 17 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:26 GMT, 18 February 2013

Motherwell have confirmed the signing of Scottish winger James McFadden until the end of the season after his short term contract was not renewed by Sunderland.

The 29-year-old had scored 32 goals while he was a teenager at the club before his 1.25million move to Everton.

The announcement caused so much interest among Motherwell fans that their official club website crashed in the immediate aftermath of the news.

Genius: James McFadden scored 26 goals in 63 games for Motherwell

Genius: James McFadden scored 26 goals in 63 games for Motherwell

He had attracted interest from two other
SPL clubs, which meant Motherwell moved fast to tie down, and he may be
available to play as early as Tuesday against Dundee United.

Talks had
continued from last week as McFadden was keen to rejoin the side he
last played for in August 2003, in a 2-2 draw with Partick Thistle.

According to The Sun, last week manager Stuart McCall didn't want to talk about the McFadden situation directly, saying: 'He's a talented player but there's nothing more to report than that.

'We provide facilities for a few of our former players. Marc Fitzpatrick is in training with us and I think Paul Slane is coming in next week as well.

McFadden wanted to get a deal sorted out as soon as possible to move back to his former hunting ground and was at their 3-0 win against Inverness on Saturday.

Home sweet home: McFadden was at Fir Park on Saturday to watch Motherwell

Home sweet home: McFadden was at Fir Park on Saturday to watch Motherwell

The club are hoping that McFadden will not only boost morale in the team, but also attract more numbers to Fir Park.

The winger, who was originally known for the number of dribbles he made in games for the North-Lanarkshrie club, moved to Sunderland last October but only made three substitue appearances, totaling just 34 minutes.

Capped: An in-form McFadden would be fighting for a Scotland place again

Capped: An in-form McFadden would be fighting for a Scotland place again

Rio Ferdinand tells Manchester United to give him a new contract like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes

Ferdinand calls for new United deal and says he can keep going just like Giggs and Scholes

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

11:11 GMT, 2 February 2013

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UPDATED:

11:44 GMT, 2 February 2013

Rio Ferdinand has expressed his desire to extend his contract at Manchester United past the end of the season but is not worried that discussions are yet to take place.

Back and knee injuries have plagued the centre-back over the past few seasons, but Ferdinand has managed to reassert himself in the United first-team and wants to carry on going for several more years.

'Manchester United is a great club, the No1, and you would never want to play anywhere else if you can still play for them.'

Rio Ferdinand is sure he can continue for many more years

Longevity: Rio Ferdinand is sure he can continue for many more years

'People were writing me off when I was
out injured and saying my career was coming to an end but I know my body
and was confident I could get through,' he told the Sun.

'United will always be in my blood now.'

A consistent injury-free run
in the Premier League has given Ferdinand the chance to prove to all
his doubters that even at 34, he is worth a new contract.

He missed the 2010 World Cup due to injury, and with the arrival of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones over the past few seasons he was being pushed further down the pecking order.

Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have struggled to play together

United: Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have struggled to play together

But Ferdinand has managed to regain both
fitness and form, and has forced himself back into Alex Ferguson's
plans. With his contract finishing in the summer, the England
centre-back is sure that he deserves a new deal.

'I want to be able to contribute properly and be a player they actually need. You can tell if you're not really needed at a club any more. You just know.'

Ferdinand knew that he had more to
offer, and when Nemanja Vidic and Chris Smalling got long-term injuries,
he was given his chance again.

'I don't expect to be treated any different to the other older players like Giggsy or Scholesy, who normally sign on again at the end of the season.'

Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have prolonged their careers

Still there: Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have prolonged their careers

If United beat Fulham on Saturday they can stretch their lead to 10 points over rivals Manchester City, who have to get three points against an in-form Liverpool to keep up with the pace.

Ferdinand's presence will also be vital as United come across Real Madrid in the second round of the Champions League, and as they continue their challenge in the latter stages of the FA Cup.

Sandro injury news: Tottenham fear midfielder out for season

Spurs fear Sandro is out for the season after knee surgery

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

17:06 GMT, 16 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:43 GMT, 16 January 2013

Tottenham have confirmed that Sandro has had knee surgery and are worried the midfielder could be out for the season.

The 23-year-old Brazilian only lasted 25 minutes in the 0-0 draw at QPR on Saturday, before landing awkwardly and having to be taken off.

A club statement said: 'Sandro has undergone knee surgery following the injury that forced his substitution against QPR at the weekend.

Sandro reacts badly to the fall which has left him as a doubt for the remainder of the season

In serious pain: Sandro reacts badly to the fall which has left him as a doubt for the remainder of the season

'The midfielder's recovery schedule will be assessed over the next few days.'

Sandro had featured in all 22 of Tottenham's league games so far this season and has been instrumental in them staying in the Champions League positions.

Spurs fans will only be comforted by the fact that Scott Parker appears to be injury free and fit to take his place.

It was thought that Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone may be let out on loan, possibly to join up with former manager Harry Redknapp, but this is now unlikely to happen.

Tottenham have plenty of players to take over from Sandro in his position

Ouch! Tottenham have plenty of players to take over from Sandro in his position

Sandro took to twitter after the incident to tell his followers: 'Hi guys, I'm in some pain at the moment! On my way to the hospital for a scan now so fingers crossed it's good news…thanks for all support.'

He tweeted again today to say: 'Sorry guys, but this one really got me, the beast is hurt.

'My surgery Went well, now its moving forwards with treatment And rest!'

Teammate Gareth Bale also mentioned the midfielder, saying: 'Get well soon @sandroraniere… the beast will be back! '

Emmanuel Adebayor gives Sandro a hand leaving the pitch

Helped off: Emmanuel Adebayor gives Sandro a hand leaving the pitch

Jack Wilshere must play in April or he can"t go to Euro 2012 – Arsene Wenger

Wilshere must play this month or he won't go the Euros: Wenger fires warning to England

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UPDATED:

10:46 GMT, 6 April 2012

Arsene Wenger has warned that Jack Wilshere must return to action with Arsenal by the end of this month or concede his Euro 2012 dream is over.

The 20-year-old has not featured at all for Arsenal this term because of an ankle injury which required surgery.

England agony: Wilshere is likely to miss this summer's European Championships

England agony: Wilshere is likely to miss this summer's European Championships

And speaking ahead of his side's crunch clash with Manchester City, Wenger said: 'To go to a big competition without having played at all is impossible.

'We try to keep the hope alive for him and without taking too many risks.

'That means we adapt day to day, to manage him, to improve his physical state and get him fit as quickly as we can without taking too big a risk, which means when he has pain we stop him.'

The Arsenal boss added: 'In the next four or five weeks we will know more and the next three weeks will be decisive.

Out and about: Wilshere was snapped with Oxlade-Chamberlain at a recent Drake gig

Out and about: Wilshere was snapped with Oxlade-Chamberlain at a recent Drake gig

'You would think a player who wants to play in June will have to be competitive at the end of April.

'The next three weeks will decide [if he can go to the Euros].'