Saturday, June 23, 2018

No. 10 Wilshere fully committed to Gunners; Traore reveals EPL dream

Arsenal midfield maestro Jack Wilshere has affirmed that he is fully committed to the North London club, insisting that he has not given any thought to exiting the Emirates Stadium, Sky Sports understands.

The Gunners have seen a mass exodus of top-class leave the club in recent months, with the likes of Alex Song, Cesc Fabregas, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie moving on in favour of pastures new.

Some have suggest that Wilshere could follow in his former team-mates footsteps, but the 20-year-old England international believes that Arsenal is the ‘perfect’ place for him.

“I’ve been at this club for 10 years and to come through the academy at Hale End and break into the first team is a great story. It’s a dream,” Wilshere told the Daily Mail.

“To have my family 20 minutes from the training ground and an hour from the stadium is perfect for me.

“Cesc wanted to go home. Home for me is Arsenal. My family and friends are 20 minutes away. It’s perfect.”

Since returning from injury, Wilshere — who was sent off in Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier this month — has made three starts for the Gunners in all competitions this season.

The England international’s return could potentially give Gunners boss a selection headache; a ‘headache’ that he would surely welcome with arms wide open.

Traore reveals EPL dream

Anzhi Makhachkala striker Lacina Traore has maintained that he is happy at the Dynamo Stadium, but conceded that he dreams of playing in the English Premier League, Sky Sports reports.

The “Gentle Giant”, who stands at 2.03 metres (6′ 8″) tall, has been in fantastic goal-scoring form for the Russian Premier League moneybags this season.

He recently scored the match-winning goal against Liverpool in the UEFA Europa League, elevating Anzhi to the top place in Group A.

In regards to his performance against the Reds, Traore said: “I am happy with my goal but I could have buried the two chances I had. But we won the game, so the misses were not costly.

“Liverpool are a good team, even with their star players left at home, but we are now top and I think we can go far in this competition.”

Following his recent purple patch of form, the Ivorian has been linked with a move to England, and rightfully so in all honesty.

Traore, 22, has bagged 11 goals in 19 appearances (17 starts) — all of which have come in the Europa League and Russian Premier League — for Anzhi this term.

“England is a great place to play, I am no different to any other player,” added Traore. “It is a dream but I am happy here, although you never know.”


Shawn Etemadi



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