Backpage Roundup: Vieira, RVP’s Media Ban, Wilshere’s New Injury and More

More Surgery for Wilshere

Arsenal starlet Jack Wilshere is all set to go under the knife once again in order to rectify a knee setback that he suffered during his rehabilitation from his long-term ankle injury. (Goal.com)

The 20-year-old midfielder played no part in Arsenal’s 2011/12 football season due to his ankle problem and he will go undergo more surgery in Sweden next week to solve the knee issue, which has been described as a ‘longstanding’ one by the club officials.

Wilshere’s knee injury is related to his left knee’s patella tendon and while it needs medical attention, it is not expected to scupper his plans of achieving full fitness before the start of next season.

The club issued a statement, which read: ”England international Jack Wilshere is continuing to recover very well from the injury to his right ankle which ruled him out of action for the 2011-12 season. However, his ongoing rehabilitation has seen a long-standing slight issue with his patella tendon in his left knee flare up.

”As a result, Jack will travel to Sweden for a minor procedure on his left knee in the next few days. This procedure is not expected to significantly affect Jack’s comeback ahead of next season. On returning to England, Jack will resume his rehabilitation with the Arsenal medical team over the summer.”

 

Ian Wright to Become MK Dons’ First-Team Coach

Arsenal legend Ian Wright will once again take over the first-team coaching responsibilities of League One outfit MK Dons after enjoying a successful stint with them last season. (Goal.com)

The former Arsenal striker coached MK Dons’ forward players last season and impressed the club officials with his work. Therefore, he has been re-signed on a part-time deal, which would allow him to keep doing his media jobs too.

 

Fabianski Wants to Leave Arsenal

Arsenal’s backup goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has said that he wants to leave the Gunners in the summer due to lack of first-team opportunities. (ESPN)

The 27-year-old custodian lost his position in the starting line-up to his fellow Pole Wojciech Szczesny and as a result, he was able to play just six times for Arsenal in the 2011/12 season.

The former Legia Warsaw goalie is unhappy with the bench role and wants to depart Emirates Stadium in the upcoming summer transfer window.

In an interview with Gazeta Wyborcza, Fabianski said: “I hope that my adventure with Arsenal has come to an end. I intend to leave and play in a strong league. I wanted to leave in the winter, too, but Arsene Wenger did not give a green light.”

 

Arsenal Ban RVP from Talking To Press

Arsenal are so worried about Robin van Persie’s contractual situation that they have forbidden him from talking to the press while on international duty with the Netherlands squad. (The Guardian)

The 28-year-old Dutchman has linked up with his national team to prepare for the upcoming European Championships but has been told not to speak to any reporters at all.

The Dutch Football Association’s rep said: “We made a deal with Arsenal and he [van Persie] won’t talk to the press.”

 

Vieira Casts Doubts on Arsenal’s Ability to Re-Sign RVP

Former Arsenal captain and current Man City football development executive Patrick Vieira has said that the Gunners should have opened contract talks with Robin van Persie a lot earlier and believes that now it is too late. (The Daily Mirror)

Vieira is of the opinion that Arsenal would struggle to keep their talisman safe from rival clubs as there is only one more season left on his existing deal. The Frenchman, whose current employers are in the pole position to sign van Persie, said: “I think losing Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas last year was a big shock for Arsenal – and if they lose Robin this year, it will be a trauma.”

He further said: “When Samir and Cesc left, you could say, ‘OK, but we still have Van Persie and Jack Wilshere at the club. But if Robin leaves, that means next year it may be Theo Walcott, next year it’s Wilshere, and it’s going to be difficult for Arsenal to keep their top players.

“I’m quite surprised they have waited until he has only a year left on his contract to talk to him. It’s difficult to find players of Robin’s quality anywhere in the world with only a year left – especially strikers who can score 34 goals in a season. It’s difficult to understand.

“Robin wants to win trophies – and Arsenal have to prove he can do it with them. We know that Robin loves Arsenal. That is not the question – the real question is how Arsene Wenger will convince Robin they can win trophies.”

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