Published: Wed, April 05, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Howe keen to sign benched Wilshere on permanent deal

Howe keen to sign benched Wilshere on permanent deal

He is also not expected to play on Saturday against Swansea City. We can't expect to have more possession than them even if we would love it, but we need to be good in defence as a team. Wenger said the France centre-back still needs to undergo a scan, but that he could face a lengthy layoff.

The Hammers have endured an inconsistent campaign and Slaven Bilic will surely have money to spend at the end of the season to reinforce his squad.

I am going for an Arsenal win on Wednesday, and if I am right we will probably hear a lot more about whether Slaven Bilic is being sacked - or not - this week.

Bilic has admitted that Wilshere is "a great player at a great age" but suggests that the links with the Arsenal midfielder are now only rumours.

"We appreciate what he has done and we want to make him happy and keep him for a long time, and secure him, and the club is preparing that". He will definitely be involved and it is a big boost because we are talking about one of our best players. "He could be on the bench tomorrow, I haven't decided yet because of the length of his absence".

"A couple of wins will get you safe, or three wins, but if you don't win the next two or three games you are in a dogfight", the 33-year-old Portuguese worldwide added. Arsenal have not registered a victory in the English Premier League since their victory over Hull at the start of February, losing twice and drawing 2-2 against Man City since then.

Alexis Sanchez is nearly certain to keep his place on the left while Mesut Ozil also made a successful return to the starting eleven at the weekend so should retain his place in the attacking midfield role.

"If you look at him, I personally see all the top qualities that a goalkeeper needs", Wenger said in November.

Bilic has a series of injury problems for the Gunners game, starting at left back where Aaron Cresswell is out.

However, his good performances for Nottingham Forest appeared to capture the attention of West Ham, who subsequently made their move to secure his services.

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