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The Wilshere Situation Amid Coyle Crisis

Sandy Stewart has been speaking over the weekend about Jack Wilshere, the Arsenal midfielder who made up 18 on New Years Day.

Wilshere has been a target for the Clarets for some weeks and with the January transfer window now open, it had been hoped to bring the young gun to Turf Moor on a loan to the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger appeared to be willing to release the player providing he was given the opportunity to play on a regular basis in the Premier League.

The whole situation though has now got complicated for three reasons:

1. Injuries to Fabregas and Denilson at Arsenal put the deal on hold for a couple of weeks with Wenger believing he may have to call on Wilshere in their absence.

2. West Ham have now entered the battle to sign him on loan and it is felt Wilshere could prefer to stay in the London area rather than uproot himself away from his family by moving up North.

It was interesting that Wilshere was in the starting eleven for Arsenal's FA Cup third round game against West Ham at the Boleyn Ground yesterday, a match the Gunners eventually won 2-1. He was though substiuted in the second half.

3. Arsene Wenger was thought keen to release Wilshere to Burnley because he liked the style of play adopted by the Clarets under Owen Coyle. With Coyle's future at the club now under a big, black cloud the question on everybody's lips is will Wenger still be happy for him to come to Turf Moor if Coyle leaves?

The Clarets still seem keen to bring him to Burnley whether Coyle leaves or not.

Assistant manager, Sandy Stewart speaking over the weekend in Coyle's absence said:

'Jack Wilshere is a player we have earmarked as one who would do very well for Burnley.We like his style of football and believe that he would blend into our system.There has been dialogue between ourselves and Arsenal but, as I understand it, there are a couple of other interested parties so we will just have to wait and see.'

Sealing this deal should Coyle leave to become manager at Bolton would go someway to cheering Clarets fans up in what so far is fast becoming a terrible New Year.




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 4 2010

Time: 12:17PM

Your Comments

What do you reckon our chances are now? Pretty low I feel with the West Ham interest now and the whole Coyle saga in the background
turfmanphil
Where would we play him? and in place of who in our starting line up? Would he be in place of Wade?
Claretdale
He will probably replace one of the the midfielders that will be sold to Bolton should Coyle come a knocking! Depends I guess how regularly we need to play him to keep Wenger happy. He cant surely expect us to play him in every match and would allow us to have him on bench with a strong chance he would always get a run out?
turfmanphil
Yesterday he did not look so hot, but I think Wilshere is better than Wade at controlling the ball in midfield. That said, on the WHU Ars game yesterday a commentator claimed that Wilshere said his top choice for a loan destination was WHU. Then again, would he get so many games there? Perhaps more interesting... do I detect a hint in Sandy Stewart's comments that he'd like a fairer share of the glory that he has done so much to bring about for Coyle?
Couch Potato
Sadly it looks like we are going to miss out on Wilshere now? I may be wrong but I can't see it happening as for the OC situation I am not even going to go there!!
8clarets8
As an Arsenal fan, my preference would have been to loan Wilshere to Burnley Under Coyle's management. But without Coyle and god-knows-who coming in to Burnley with god-knows-what kind of football, I would pull back until we see what Coyle does. Hope Coyle does the right thing and stays put but it doesn't sound too good at the minute. I'm honestly shocked at this proposed move and the timing of it. Hope Burnley stay up and Bolton go down, beginning with a major arse-whipping on Wednesday night!
julieloveshenry4ever
Cant argue with any of that Julie!
turfmanphil
The SKY Sports News info bar just said that Arsenal won't make a decision on any Wilshere loan move till the end of the month.
Couch Potato
 

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