Archive for December 27th, 2017

Arsene Wenger: Jack Wilshere will want to stay at Arsenal if the finances are right

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Wilshere's Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season

Arsene Wenger says convincing Jack Wilshere to extend his Arsenal contract is a matter of getting the finances right for both parties.

Wilshere’s deal expires at the end of the season but, in contrast to team-mates Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, he has made clear his desire to remain at the club.

However despite both Wenger and Wilshere being keen to extend the midfielder’s 16-year spell at the Gunners there has been no progress on talks that the Arsenal manager had been promising would take place throughout the past year.

Wenger admitted he still has not spoken to the 25-year-old but insists that, if the price is right, Wilshere will stay.

“I will sit down with him, yes,” Wenger said. “I believe that, if we can meet a point of agreement financially, he will want to stay.”

Speaking to Standard Sport last month Wilshere insisted he wanted to stay, though the likes of West Ham stand ready to steal him away should he fail to reach an agreement with Arsenal.

“I’ve been here 10 years, I love this club and feel like I have a special relationship with the fans,” Wilshere told Standard Sport. “Of course I want to stay.”

Neymar: I had Ronaldo’s 2002 World Cup hairstyle

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017
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The 25-year-old attacker was interviewed by former Barcelona team-mate Gerard Pique and admitted that he copied the Brazil hero’s odd hair cut.

Brazil legend Ronaldo’s incredible exploits at the 2002 World Cup may have inspired a generation of youngsters to try to copy his silky football skills, but Neymar tried to emulate his hero in a different way.

The former Real Madrid and Inter star guided the Selecao to a fifth world title in the tournament in South Korea and Japan with eight goals, further enhancing his stature as one of the best players to play the game.

And while he was famous for his majestic dribbling and finishing abilities, the striker’s bizarre hairstyle at the tournament als

Having shaved off all but the front of his hair, it was a look that was not expected to catch on, but for a youngster like Neymar, it was a must-have.

The current Brazil hero revealed to his former Barcelona team-mate Gerard Pique that he was so in awe of the two-time Ballon d’Or winner that he had to get his hair cut the same way.

Reflecting on his early World Cup memories while being interviewed by the Spain defender for The Players’ Tribune ,  he said: “Although I was two years old, I think my first memory was on the TV. Watching on TV and Romario scoring the goals, the one Romario scored against Holland. Bebeto crosses and he takes it first time and it’s a Golazo.

“That’s the first and the second is from 2002. I watched the whole tournament. And remember everything. I remember Ronaldo. The haircut of Ronaldo was good. I had it.”

The excited Pique then replied: “Oh man, I would love to see that. Do you have a photo?”

But the 25-year-old disappoints, adding: “No, I don’t have one but I’ll search for it. My mum has one for sure.

“All of us [had that hair cut], we were all looking like Ronaldo.”