Backpage Roundup: Giroud and Rosicky Fit for Newcastle Game, Cazorla Impressed With Wilshere, Denilson Sweating Over Future, Villa Not Emirates-Bound and More

Giroud and Rosicky Fit for Newcastle Game

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky are close to reaching full fitness and should be a part of Arsenal’s squad for the weekend’s home game against Newcastle United.

Both the players missed the club’s 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic last weekend but are now set to return, having recovered from their respective illnesses.

Wenger is also expecting Abou Diaby and Andre Santos to resume full training next week, which would leave only Lukasz Fabianski on the injury list.

The Arsenal boss admitted that it is a bit surprising to see his squad in such a good health, as the Gunners are used to having a number of names on their injury list at this time of the year.

He said: “It is unusual, especially at this period of the season. It is down to the continuing good work we are doing behind the scenes at the club. We hope that it continues because it is important to go into January with a full squad and we will be losing Gervinho to the Africa Cup of Nations.”


Cazorla Impressed With Wilshere’s Potential

Santi Cazorla feels that his fellow Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has “amazing potential” and will soon be playing at his optimum level, having fully recovered from a series of foot-related injuries earlier in the summer.

Despite the fact that the two playmakers haven’t played too much football together, Cazorla rates Wilshere very highly and believes that the 20-year-old has done magnificently for Arsenal since his return.

In an interview with Arsenal Player, Cazorla said: “He [Wilshere] has amazing potential. I did not know him well when I arrived because he was not at the training sessions due to his injury, and everyone was already talking about him, saying that when he returned, the team would improve, and that has been the case.

“Every day he is gaining more confidence, he is forgetting about the injury, and he is a key player that can influence the result in a game, and thus, we are all very happy to see him 100 per cent again. He was out for a long time and it was an injury that takes time to heal.

“It is always hard to come back from injury, especially if it is very long. You always have that fear up until you start getting your confidence back, and you start getting back to your old self, and he has done that quickly.”


Wilshere Believes His Injury Troubles Benefitted Him

Jack Wilshere believes that his foot-related injuries that kept him out of the game for 17 months could actually turn out to be beneficial for him.

The young Gunner broke down in the summer of 2011 and ended up missing the entire last season along with European Championship and Olympics. But looking back at it, he feels that the time he spent on the sidelines might have done him something good.

In an interview with the Official Arsenal Magazine, a visibly philosophical Wilshere recalled: “I was at Emirates for every single home match. It was hard at times, because I really wanted to be out there. Not just for my own selfish reasons but I wanted to help the team too because we had some difficult periods last season. There were a few moments [it was hard to miss out on]. When Thierry (Henry) came back in January, for example. He’s a legend and I really wanted to play in the same team as him. I also would have loved to play in that north London derby in February.

“When I look back now, though, I could probably have done with a break, having played so much the previous season. Obviously I didn’t want the break to be so long, in fact I didn’t want to have a break at all, but if I look back on this in 10 years’ time, it might have done me some good in the long run.”

“My body is stronger than it was before. I’ve done a lot of work with Declan Lynch and the other physios here over the past year. I’ve improved my core, improved my leg muscle strength – everything. Cesc [Fabregas] used to say to me ‘take it easy, don’t play too many games’. Obviously I didn’t want to have a year off, but when I’m 24 or 25 I won’t have played as many games as someone like Cesc, and that will help me.”


Denilson Hoping for Quick Resolving Of Future  

Sao Paulo midfielder Denilson has said that he doesn’t know whether or not he would return back to his parent club Arsenal, once his loan deal with the Brazilian outfit expire.

Denilson, 24, does not feature in coach Arsene Wenger’s long-term plans and has been farmed out in Sao Paulo since 2011. His loan deal is scheduled to end next summer, and he admits he has no idea what the future holds for him.

Globo Esporte have quoted Denilson has saying: “I will see out my contract (with Sao Paulo) which ends on June 30, 2013. But I don’t know what will happen after that. I hope my situation is solved quickly so I have nothing to worry about and so I can remain calm for the rest of the season.”


Villa Not Emirates-Bound

Rumoured Arsenal target David Villa will not be allowed to leave Barcelona in the January transfer window, the Spanish club’s director of football Andoni Zubizarreta has declared.

It was thought that Villa, who is not a guaranteed started at Barcelona anymore, would try and manufacture a move out of Camp Nou next month, with the Gunners being his preferred team in England.

However, Zubizarreta has rejected the idea and made it clear that the Blaugrana have no intention of letting a quality player like Villa go.

In an interview with Canal Plus, the Barca director said: “In January we will keep Villa and it is important to remember that Barcelona is a club that habitually does not accept offers for star players in Janaury. David is a player that brings goals and intensity to the team.

“Now he has recovered from a serious injury I believe that he is offering a good level on the field. It is normal that big players desire to play and this is perfect for the competition in the squad.”

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