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Coyle Scuppers Chances of Wilshere Loan?

There is an interesting article in today's Observer concerning Owen Coyle's attempts to steal one of our targets and bring Arsenal young gun, Jack Wilshere to the Reebok.

The 18 year old attacking midfielder has been a loan target for a number of Premier League clubs including Burnley and West Ham but of course as soon as Coyle jumped ship to Bolton, the Trotters were also then linked.

However it looks like relationships have been soured between Owen Coyle and Arsene Wenger after Bolton suffered two back to back defeats at the hands of the Gunners. They lost 2-0 to Arsenal at home last weekend and then in midweek suffered a 4-2 loss despite being 2-0 up at one stage.

There was ill feeling though after the Emirates game with Coyle making an astonishing attack later retracted concerning a challenge by William Gallas on Mark Davies. With the score at 2-1 to Arsenal and with Davies prostrate on the ground, play continued with no whistle for a foul with Fabregas then getting an equaliser.

Coyle said in the post-match interview:

'It was closer to an assault than a tackle.There was no doubt it was a free-kick. It was a terrible foul and normally would have resulted in a red card.

'The referee is an honest man who will realise he has made a horrendous mistake.

'Arsenal carried on and scored and it puts fair play out of the window. It leaves a bad taste in the mouth.'

A few days later though when he had reflected on his comments he felt it necessary to tone down his remarks and was now quoted as saying:

'Having looked at it I don't think William Gallas purposely went to hurt Mark Davies.I think it was badly timed, simple as that but we have to move on.'

This though clearly does not appear to have appeased Wenger with Bolton's loan move attempt for Wilshere appearing to have gone quiet.

Arsene Wenger with a hint of mischief is quoted in the Observer saying about the potential Wilshere move:

'Bolton was interested until Wednesday night. I haven't heard from them since'

The Observer goes on to say that Arsenal will definitely loan out Wilshere for the rest of the season and quotes Wenger further saying:

'I want him to go the right club.But for me what is important is that he plays'

It would be hard to now imagine that Wenger considers Bolton to be the right club which could mean we are still in with a chance of bringing the hot prospect to Turf Moor after all!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 24 2010

Time: 2:48PM

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I do like the Observer!! roflmao
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24/01/2010 14:52:00

This kid is overrated. Don't go for him fellas.
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24/01/2010 15:22:00

Coyle is letting his incessant 'nice guy' routine slip lately. Perhaps he's realised that it's no use continuing with the facade after his treacherous move to Bolton. The media have turned against him too - obviously realised that they were duped as we were. Why would Wenger let Wilshere go to Bolton anyway - he doesn't need practice at hoofing the ball up to the penalty area from the half way line does he?
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24/01/2010 15:22:00

I agree ozjean! Welcome to Vital Burnley by the way
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24/01/2010 15:30:00

Arsene? Make it so !!!
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24/01/2010 15:39:00

Overrated my arse. I hoped he'd move to Burnley when Coyle was still in charge, and I still do. But since it looks like you'll be challenging for survival throughout the rest of the campaign, can you offer him the regular playing time he needs?
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24/01/2010 15:50:00

Put it this way I think we have a better chance of playing him than both West Ham and Bolton who have larger squads and all three of us are battling to avoid the drop!
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24/01/2010 16:06:00

Don't think there is much doubt about him getting a starting place for us at the moment.
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24/01/2010 16:26:00

I guess it depends on Wenger's definition of playing regularly. I can imagine with McCann back he might be on bench a few times but virtually guaranteed of coming on at some point. Would that count or is Wenger expecting a starting eleven position everytime?
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24/01/2010 16:34:00

JT_daniel, is'nt the word overrated more applicable to Gael Transfer Ban Kakuta and Di Santo and Mancienne and Matic? Its only a matter of time before these kids exit your club from a lack of playing opportunities.
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24/01/2010 17:00:00

Damn straight he's scuppered it, scuppered it the minute he moved to those clogging, anti football orcs. Prove Coyles move the worst mistake he'll ever make please!
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24/01/2010 18:08:00

We are all keeping or fingers crossed that is the case niko. Hopefully no one will want to go to a club managed by a Judas.
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24/01/2010 18:43:00

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24/01/2010 19:37:00

Give laws a chance he is a better Manager and tactitian than Owen coyle. Jack wilshere is no better than what we have at the moment so i dont think he can realy expect a certain start in every game
Albmaleaf claret
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24/01/2010 19:44:00

I though Coyle was at Bolton! I'm getting awfully confused!
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24/01/2010 19:45:00

Sorry for the confusion Merlin, ist if wilshere was to consider burnley
Albmaleaf claret
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24/01/2010 21:57:00

I wasn't too fussed about Wilshire before but now I think we should definitely take him if we have the opportunity. He's the type who can open up a game and would take the central berth alongside Alexander and McCann/McDonald. Having three players playing for two positions is exactly the competition we need.
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24/01/2010 22:02:00

Thanks Phil, I've been a silent watcher for a while but decided to join in - can't keep my gob shut for long! C'mon you Clarets!
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25/01/2010 00:50:00

I see young Jack as someone to add the spark in forward central midfield that Wade had been trying to provide (and doing well, considering that's not his spot, but not well enough). Robbie has similarly struggled there. McCann and Big Kev are good players, but don't have Young Jack's skills in the D. I reckon he'd play plenty on the Turf. Bigger questions are whether he is fit, and whether Ars have enough other fit players.
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25/01/2010 08:11:00

You are right there about our manager,Albmaleaf (Welcome to VB also by the way), we have to give Laws a chance, he has a lot to prove but he looks a level headed sort of guy and less gung-ho/excitable compared to Coyle who always seemed to have nervous energy to burn off. He might just bring that right balance but let's see
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25/01/2010 08:16:00


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