In today’s news roundup, Gabriel Paulista is tipped to help Arsene Wenger enforce his philosophy of playing attractive football with a defensive mindset like the treble winning Barcelona side under Pep Guardiola. This will prove that Gabriel was not just a ‘panic buy’, but a missing piece that will finally solve the puzzle.
Elsewhere, Jack Wilshere is set to make his return to the first team after a three month hiatus due to an ankle injury sustained against Manchester United back in November. Wilshere trained with the first team for a second consecutive week and it all now lies on what Arsene Wenger thinks about his mental readiness.
New signing to allow Wenger enforce Arsenal philosophy.
When Gabriel Paulista was signed by Arsenal during the winter transfer window, many considered him as a panic buy due to lack of numbers at the back. However, a deeper analysis reveals that Gabriel could just be the missing piece in enforcing Arsene Wenger’s philosophy of fluent, attacking football with a touch of defensive class. The gaffer has often bemoaned the fact that they at times don’t win the ball back quickly and true to that it has cost us especially against fast counter attacking sides.
Pep Guardiola – who perhaps coached one of the most ruthless sides in European football (2008-2011) – once said that one of the reasons why they always showed intent to win the ball back as far away from their goal as possible is because they simply can’t defend.
With this consideration in mind, the 24-year old Brazilian will help enforce this philosophy due to his recovery pace and ability to shield off attacks.
Wilshere’s return against Crystal Palace a possibility.
Jack Wilshere will be hoping to mark his return on Saturday in Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace after being sidelined for nearly three months due to injury. Wilshere has been out of Premier League action since November after damaging his ankle ligament following a nasty tackle by Manchester United defender Paddy McNair. Despite returning to full training roughly a week ago, the England international is yet to feature for the Gunners and the London Evening Standard reports that he trained once again this week and is feeling ready for first team action.
Whether Arsene Wenger will feature the 23-year old against the Eagles is yet to be seen, but the one thing that’s for sure is that Wenger will not rush Wilshere back to first team action unless he is fully fit.
First team given motivational talk by French actor.
The Arsenal first team was on Tuesday given a motivational speech by French actor and free runner Sebastien Foucan ahead of ties in the Premier League and Champions League against Crystal Palace and Monaco respectively. Foucan advocates for people to “be an inspiration for others and look for positive environments”, exactly what the team needs.
Hopefully our players are motivated now more than ever.
Arsenal stars take part in Twitter Q&A
A selection of Arsenal’s first team players took over Twitter on Thursday during a Q&A session where they tackled questions from their supporters from all over the world. Chuba Akpom, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs and Francis Coquelin answered questions including who the best and worst singers in the dressing room are, who is the worst dressed player and who the best forwards we’ve faced are.
A very interactive player-fan session indeed.
Beckham watches son play for Arsenal Youth team against Liverpool.
Footballer-cum-model and motivational speaker David Beckham was on Thursday at Liverpool’s training ground to watch his son, Brooklyn Beckham, feature for Arsenal’s Youth side against Liverpool. The former England international is no stranger to Arsenal as he occasionally trained with the Gunners towards the end of his career to keep up his fitness.
Beckham was pictured alongside Liverpool’s Youth academy coach Ryan McLaughlin and the photo was reposted on Twitter by Liverpool Echo journalist Alex Rea.