Ahead of Saturday’s game against Southampton, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has heaped heavy praise on Jack Wilshere and also chosen to remain coy on Eddie Howe replacing him at the helm.
Arsenal have not made the best possible start to the season as they have failed to win two of their first three games in the new season. A disappointing loss at home to Liverpool was followed by a drab stalemate against Leicester City.
Things picked up in the Gunners’ next game against Watford as their key players returned and put in a fine showing to win the first three points for their side in the new season.
Wenger made a few late flurries in the market as he signed two players at the business end of the window. La Liga duo Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez moved the Emirates, and the manager hopes to reap the most out of them this season.
Speaking about the new additions, Wenger said (via the Mirror):
“We were earlier than expected [on the two deals] with a quick turnaround on Saturday morning.
“Mustafi is a young centre-back and already has experience.
“Lucas Perez is an interesting striker who can score goals but can also provide assists. He has some interesting qualities.”
Midfielder Jack Wilshere was loaned out to Bournemouth on deadline day. While many thought that Wenger was done with the Englishman at the club, he stated that Wilshere could be at Arsenal for the rest of his career and believes that he is a world class player.
“Jack Wilshere is a world-class player… He’s most dangerous when he plays further forward.”
“He’s gone to play games. He wanted games and I can understand his desire, it’s a logical decision. I hope personally that he stays his whole career here.” he added.
There has also been a lot of media speculation linking Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe to replace Wenger at the Emirates. When asked about that, the Frenchman said:
“I don’t know who will take my job one day. These are questions that are impossible to answer. I wish the best to the guy that comes after me.”