Arsenal latest: Including keeper injuries & Wilshere return

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News and gossip from Arsenal FC in the past 24 hours?

Arsenal have received a major boost on the injury front after Jack Wilshere played his first 90 minutes of football since returning from over a year on the side-lines with ankle, knee and foot injuries. It was the clearest sign yet that the 20-year-old England international is on the path to recovery and he wasn’t alone in an Arsenal side that lost 2-0 to a Chelsea side that had John Terry amongst their ranks. Bacary Sagna also got 90 minutes of action under his belt and the behind closed doors friendly seems to have done its job.

However in other injury news there are less positive notes coming from the goalkeeping department. Polish pair Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski have both suffered setbacks in their respective recoveries. Lukasz Fabianski was on the verge of a comeback before suffering ankle ligament damage in training on Tuesday. His Polish compatriot and Arsenal’s first choice stopper Szczesny is not as near a comeback as was previously thought, three weeks is the projected time giving current deputy Vito Mannone further opportunity to prove his credentials .

Arsenal’s midfield stalwart Mikel Arteta has announced he would one day like to pursue a career in management. Despite speaking about the demands of the job and potential stress he admits he would relish the opportunity to get in the dug-out. Given his tactical nous on the field and his globetrotting exploits, taking in football in Spain, France, Scotland and England he could be a great candidate or such a role.

Earlier in the month Swiss international John Djourou announced he had no desire to leave the club for Italian side Roma but it now appears there has been a degree of backtracking on his original Italian reluctance. His agent Flavio Ferraria admits that interest from Napoli in a loan-deal would tempt the 25-year-old into a move as the side chase Juventus in Serie A’s title race.

The asking price for Wilfried Zaha has gone up once again. After an original price of £14 million was quoted by The Eagles manager Dougie Freedman, Steve Parish, one of the clubs co-chairman has now stated that any deal will have to be in excess of £20 million. The sum seems astronomical for a player with limited top-class experience but he was described as an ‘extraordinary talent’ by Parish who insists they are still operating a hands-off mentality on the Ivorian born teenager.

And finally Olivier Giroud has found the net in the most important of circumstances. The French international has been criticised for his lack of recent goalscoring prowess but he came up with the goods in Madrid by turning Franck Ribery’s left wing centre into the far corner with a superbly placed header. Arsenal fans will hope he can continue his form at The Emirates.

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