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Arsenal's 'worrying sign' identified as Jack Wilshere talks sensational return


Former Gunners forward Paul Merson is worried by the team’s performances against the Premier League’s better sides, while Jack Wilshere has not ruled out the possibility of rejoining the club.

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Arsenal will want to move on from last weekend as quickly as possible.

Going into the clash with Liverpool at Anfield, there was a lot of chatter about this version of the Gunners being able to fare better at a venue where previous teams have been hammered.

But the 4-0 scoreline and the tepid performance was all too familiar for supporters, who once again trudged back down south disappointed.

Manager Mikel Arteta will be keen to stress the Anfield loss is a blip for his team, as they’ve made encouraging progress after a poor start to the season.

A home game with Newcastle United, the Premier League’s bottom club, feels like an ideal chance to get back on track.

Here are your Arsenal headlines ahead of their return to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

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Merson reveals Arsenal concern

Former Arsenal player Paul Merson is concerned the current team are “flat-track bullies.”

While the Gunners have dispatched of a lot of teams from the middle and lower reaches of the Premier League this season, in matches against Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool they’ve been emphatically beaten.

The team has made some strides this season, but Merson is concerned about the way Arteta’s squad folds against real quality.

“They proved that they’re flat-track bullies last weekend,” he said. “They’ve played a game apiece against the top three and they’ve been completely and utterly blown away this season.

“It is a worrying sign, but they have been winning games that they are expected to win.”

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Wilshere not ruling out Arsenal return

Having been training with the Arsenal first-team squad throughout the 2021-22 season, Jack Wilshere has said he’s yet to give up earning a contract with the club.

The former England international is a free agent after leaving Bournemouth at the end of last season and hinted recently he may hang up his boots despite being only 29 years old.






Wilshere is a free agent but has been training with Arsenal.

However, Wilshere believes he could yet sign up for a second stint in north London.

“I went there, very kindly invited by them to come and train, get my fitness back, which I’ve done,” said the former West Ham man when asked about potentially joining again.

“I am [training with the first team]. They’ve got a lot of midfielders, they’ve got Ainsley Maitland-Niles… I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t know.”

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Team news for Newcastle

Arsenal will still be without Granit Xhaka and Sead Kolasinac for the Newcastle contest, with the latter still recovering from a heavy challenge he was on the wrong end of on international duty.

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Folarin Balogun was not in the squad for the Liverpool game due to a knock he picked up on England Under-21 duty, but he could yet feature at the Emirates Stadium.

As for Newcastle, they will be hoping Fabian Schar has knocked off some rust. The Swiss international made his return from injury against Brentford last week, although he was far from his best in the 3-3 draw.

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