Wilshere set for loan switch to Hammers

Jack Wilshere obviously needs big games under his belt to develop to the standard he’ll need to reach to play for the Arsenal and that was evident on Sunday when he turned in a drab display in the win over West Ham.
And this morning’s Mirror reckons Wilshere, 18, would like to go to boyhood heroes West Ham, while Burnley and Portsmouth are also keen to snap him up in January.
Arsene Wenger is keen for the England Under-21 starlet to go out and play regular football and he believes he needs games to boost his development and if he cannot get that in the top-flight then AW would consider dropping him down a division.
But self-confident Wilshere has made it clear he wants to stay in the Premier League and that is the reason why Celtic’s interest has cooled, says the tabloid. Several Championship clubs have enquired about Wilshere but he is not keen.
Wilshere has seen his progress at Arsenal blocked by the wealth of midfield talent in front of him, while teenager Aaron Ramsey has also overtaken him in the pecking order.
Meanwhile, the Mail reports the story that Tomas Rosicky has signed a new contract at the Emirates Stadium. The paper says the Gunners have not disclosed the length of the deal but it continues the club’s success in securing the future services of their key players.
The Czech international, who joined the club from Borussia Dortmund in 2006, is the 15th player to sign a new contract for manager Arsene Wenger since May 2009.
The deal also rewards the 29-year-old, who has scored 14 goals in 76 appearances, for his performances this season after two injury-blighted campaigns.
Rosicky said: ‘The last two seasons haven’t been easy for me because of injuries but I feel it speaks volumes about the club’s belief in me for this to be signed, and I truly believe I have a lot left to offer the club, my team-mates and all the supporters.
‘It’s felt like home since I arrived here four years ago and I believe we’re on the verge of achieving something special together. I’m looking forward to the coming months and hope that together, we are all celebrating at the end of the season.’
Rosicky follows the likes of Robin van Persie, Abou Diaby, Eduardo, Alex Song, Denilson, Theo Walcott, and Aaron Ramsey and in signing new contracts in the past year.
AW said: ‘I have spoken many times of Tomas’ class and contribution, not only on the pitch but off it as well, and I very much feel that this new contract reflects that.
Tomas’ vision and touch is remarkable and I know that we will all benefit from his input in the coming seasons. Tomas is a special talent and we’re delighted that he has committed his future to Arsenal.’
Meanwhile Abou Diaby says he is ready to step into Alex Song’s midfield enforcer role in a story in this morning’s Sun.
Cameroon international Song played his last game at West Ham before jetting off to Angola for the African Nations Cup and Diaby came off the bench in the 2-1 win at Upton Park as he continued his fine recent form, which has brought six goals this season and seen him sign a contract extension.
But AW has plenty of options to decide just who will step in for Song. Denilson is one such option and the Brazilian could recover from a back injury in time for Wednesday’s clash with Bolton, where victory would see Arsenal climb into second place — within a point of Chelsea.
Wales international Aaron Ramsey also impressed again yesterday, netting his second goal in as many appearances.
But Frenchman Diaby, 22, is ready to rise to the challenge, says the paper.He said: “I’ll talk with the manager and if he wants me to play in that position, I am happy to do it. We will see what happens. Alex is a very important player in our team. As he is going, we have to replace him and make sure we do the same job without him.”

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