Has Hughton Changed His Mind On Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere?


Well would you believe it – we thought we were sure that 18 year-old Jack Wilshere, Arsenal’s terrific young star, would not be arriving on Tyneside on loan this summer.

Jack Wilshere – Hughton now interested in youngster?

Why is that?

Because back on 12th May, Chris Hughton was quoted by the Newcastle Journal (Luke Edwards) as saying the following:

Jack is a very good young player at Arsenal and we are aware of that, but no he is not somebody I am looking at.”

And would you believe it – Chris said yesterday he is interested in bringing Jack Wilshere to Newcastle.

So we don’t know if  Jack is coming or going, but that’s what you get for trying to be logical.

This is what Chris is quoted as saying in the Daily Star Sunday, which we ignored when we saw the quote late last night:

“Wilshere is a very good young player and I think young players should get the chance to mature.”

“They are the type of players I am looking at.”

“We want new players – but what we have said is that I don’t expect to be making wholesale changes.”

So there you have it.  Chris doesn’t say directly he’s after Jack – but says he’s the type of player he is after. Same thing?

Of course Jack was on loan at Bolton from January and played very well indeed, and it’s not surprising that Bolton manager Owen Coyle is trying to tie him up for a season-long loan deal in Lancashire.

But  it now looks like Bolton will have competition from at least Newcastle – which of course would be a much better destination for Jack. We wonder if Jack has played in front of 50,000 crowds before?

We may be just a shade biased in our opinion of course.

Don’t get us wrong though – we would be delighted if Chris can get young Jack on Tyneside, because he’s a great player in the making, and Chris is the kind of man that Arsene Wenger can trust to give the budding star lots of playing time on Tyneside.

But it does kind of blow our belief that once Chris says he’s not interested in a player we can can assume that is the case.

Oh well – we have to remember this is Newcastle United after all. 😀

Comments welcome.



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8 comments so far

  • chrisbx1

    May 23, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #1

    ch made the statement he is not someone i am looking at , i dont think that ever meant he is not someone i want , too much reading between the lines again ,i think.

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  • Newutd

    May 23, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #2

    I can’t see him having any hidden meaning behind what he says in the Sunday Sun. He has already said he doesn’t want Wilshere, but now he tells us that he is the type of player we are interested in. Well, of course, young and talented, an with our new youth policy, it says it self really.

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  • Howay The Lads

    May 23, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #3

    I think Hughton’s saying he’s not looking at these players because he’s waiting to see who they want to go to before saying we’d like to sign them.

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  • GeordieGerman

    May 23, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Two words come to mind. Screens and smoke.

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  • Exmouthtoon

    May 23, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Should get him asap, nothing to loose here..

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  • noir9

    May 23, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Think chris is just trying to give us a bit of hope, he obviously knows how desperate we are for some positive news on transfers but can’t actually say much more.He could just use the redknapp method & just say such & such a player is a “triffic player”. If Wiltshire is the type & standard of player chris is after it much be good news.

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  • Charlietoon

    May 23, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Houghton has said he is not looking at him but does want players n his mould, ie young, fast and on loan. So I don think we will get him in but someone like him

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  • Ericles

    May 24, 2010 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #8

    I am still wondering about the idea of going for young players on loan. Young players that we will use for the eventual benefit of another club. Why look for loan players to gain experience with us and then let our own out on loan to get experience with another club? Our club must not be seen as a nursery for the so-called big fish in the premiership. Let us find out about that issue before we get diverted by the crap coming out of the media. Our scouts are in Toulon – not in Manchester or North London (despite Ashley’s real allegiances).

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