£100m Wilshere, Merson-Ozil claim, Fabinho happy in Liverpool and Arsenal Tuesday
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West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has told Arsenal that Jack Wilshere is now worth around £100 million.
Wilshere finally left Arsenal during the summer transfer window after 18-years with the club, as he simply couldn’t agree a new contract at the Emirates that he, and the club, were happy with.
He was linked with a move to the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and AC Milan, but ultimately decided to stay in London and reinvent his career, which has been plagued by injuries.
And although he had a slow start to life at the Hammers, he has put in some very impressive performances for West Ham over the last few weeks and is starting to look like the man that was once tipped to become the best midfielder in Europe.
And Pellegrini has now admitted that signing Wilshere was a risk but has now saved the club over £100 million.
“He was a high risk,” Pellegrini said on the Sky Sports website.
“We knew before he was not a player who would be available for every game, every week, but was a player of a quality that is not easy to bring to West Ham at a price we could afford.
“Maybe players of the quality of Wilshere at this moment can cost £100m, £90m, £70m. Good creative midfielders are very expensive.
“He wanted to play at West Ham, we took the risk and it has not been a good month for him but we have the second part of the season and I hope he will play most part of the games.” (READ MORE)
Fabinho insists he has no plans to leave Liverpool after being linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Brazil international has had a slow start at Anfield after he was signed in a £43.7 million deal from Monaco in the summer, as Jurgen Klopp looked to build a side capable of winning the premier League.
Fabinho has only started five games in all competitions this season, as he continues to struggle in England, and that has led to speculation that French giants PSG are looking to sign him in the January transfer window.
The French Champions have long been linked with a move for the midfielder and tried to nail down his signature during the summer transfer window before he officially signed for Liverpool.
But Fabinho insists he has ‘no reason to leave’ Liverpool and will look to get more games under his belt at Anfield.
‘He [Jurgen Klopp] did not give a lot of explanations, but in training I talked so I would not be discouraged and concentrate on work, without lowering my head, [I knew] the opportunities could come in,’ Fabinho told UOL.
‘In the last few matches I’ve played more and I believe that playing a good role.
‘Since football is very intense here, I have to be very well prepared when the opportunity arises.
‘I was told there was something in the press, but I never said I would like to leave Liverpool.
‘I was aware that I needed to have the patience to wait for my moment. ‘I’m happy at Liverpool, there’s no reason for me to leave.’ (READ MORE)
Paul Merson has claimed Mesut Ozil could be finished at Arsenal, after the Gunners stunning performance against Tottenham at the weekend.
Despite many believing that Spurs were the better team heading into the London Derby, Unai Emery’s men showed their Premier League title credentials after making it no losses in the last nineteen matches.
A hard-fought, high pressure and high-tempo Derby finished 4-2 to Arsenal and showed many in the Premier League just how Emery intends to play over the next few seasons, and the Gunners strong performance could be the end for Ozil.
Ozil has been heavily criticised for his lack of defensive work for the Gunners, with many in the media claiming that he should be dropped by Emery, and Merson has claimed if Arsenal want to continue how they did against Tottenham, Ozil doesn’t fit the plans.
Merson said on the Sky Sports website: “I’m a big fan of Ozil but if Arsenal are going to play like they did against Spurs, work like that as a team and close down, you can’t have one not buying into it.
“It doesn’t matter how good you are because everybody has got to be singing off the same hymn sheet, and I don’t see that with him.” (READ MORE)