The former Gunners midfielder, who is now with West Ham, believes progress has been made in the Premier League and in Europe under Unai Emery
Arsenal have “had a good year”, says Jack Wilshere, with the former Gunners midfielder expecting those in north London to be “happy” with their efforts in 2018-19.
Progress has been made under Unai Emery, in the Spaniard’s first season since inheriting the reins from Arsene Wenger.
There is, however, still a chance that Arsenal could end the campaign without silverware and Champions League football.
Top-four hopes have been dashed in the Premier League, while there is still work to be done in continental competition despite boasting a 3-1 Europa League semi-final lead over Valencia.
Were the Gunners to get their hands on a trophy, while finishing fifth domestically, then Wilshere believes the season must be considered a success for Arsenal.
A man who left Emirates Stadium for West Ham in the summer of 2018 told Sky Sports: “[They’ve] obviously had a few opportunities to cement their place in there, but it wasn’t to be.
“But they’ve still got the Europa League, and that’s another way in if they don’t get in via the top four.
“But I think they’ve had a good year. I think they’ll be happy, the fans will be happy, and hopefully they can win the Europa League and end with a trophy.”
Wilshere ended his association with Arsenal after reaching the end of his contract.
A move across London to West Ham was intended to give him a fresh start and allow him to take in regular game time.
He has, however, suffered more injury struggles in the East End and been restricted to just four Premier League starts.
The 27-year-old England international is disappointed at how his spell with the Hammers has opened, but believes there is more to come from him.
He added: “It’s been tough, it’s been frustrating.
“To pick up an injury was frustrating, but I know better than anyone what it takes to come back, and I’ve worked hard to come back and obviously got some more minutes at the weekend.
“I’m just taking it step by step, looking forward to each game as it comes.
“I wanted to come back before the end of the season just for my head and my confidence and to prove that I can come back.”
Wilshere stepped off the bench in a 3-0 victory for West Ham over Southampton, in what was only his second outing of 2019 and fourth since figuring against Arsenal in late August.
It could be that he gets more minutes under his belt on Sunday, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side set to wrap up their campaign away at Watford.
NFF welcomes Belgian born striker Cyriel Dessers
The Nigeria Football Federation has officially accepted the proposal of Belgian born striker Cyriel Dessers to the Super Eagles after he declared himself available to play for Nigeria.
This comes days after the Dutch Eredivisie top scorer who plays as a striker for Heracles Almelo in Holland made his intention clear to play for Nigeria.
The 24-year-old born to a Belgian dad and Nigerian mother who has 11 goals and 5 assists in 15 appearances for his club this season, said: “I have never been to Nigeria because of the political situation there. It was slightly better last year so I’ll be twice as happy if I can get an invite, even if it’s friendly against Madagascar or Mauritius.”
It said: “@CyrielDessers Eredivisie player of the month says he is open for @NGSuperEagles selection. #SoarSuperEagles #Team9jaStrong”.
Cyriel Dessers replied saying: “After a series of discussions with the NFF President Amaju Pinnick, I have decided to fully commit myself to Nigeria and the Super Eagles and I’m going to work to be part of the team and fight for more success for the country. I am a proud Nigerian and I can’t wait to fulfill my dream of wearing the green-white-green,” the striker said in the statement.
Caroline Wozniacki announces shock retirement from tennis
Former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki has announced she will retire from tennis after next month’s Australian Open.
The 29-year-old will call time on her career at the site of her greatest triumph, in Melbourne where she won her only Grand Slam in 2018, in order to start a family with husband and former NBA player David Lee.
Wozniacki, who was formerly engaged to golfer Rory McIlroy in 2014 before splitting, posted on Instagram: ‘I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done.’
‘I’ve played professionally since I was 15 years old. In that time I’ve experienced an amazing first chapter of my life. With 30 WTA singles titles, a world #1 ranking for 71 weeks, a WTA Finals victory, 3 Olympics, including carrying the flag for my native Denmark, and winning the 2018 Australian Open Grand slam championship, I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court.
I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done. In recent months, I’ve realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court. Getting married to David was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis (project upcoming) are all passions of mine moving forward.
So with that, today I am announcing that I will be retiring from professional tennis after the Australian Open in January. This has nothing to do with my health and this isn’t a goodbye, I look forward to sharing my exciting journey ahead with all of you!
Finally, I want to thank with all my heart, the fans, my friends, my sponsors, my team, especially my father as my coach, my husband, and my family for decades of support! Without all of you I could have never have done this!’
Dana White confirmed Floyd Mayweather will make his comeback next year with another UFC fighter
UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Floyd Mayweather will make his highly-anticipated comeback to the ring next year.
The undefeated boxer has not fought since defeating Conor McGregor in 2017, but a deal appears to have been agreed that will see Mayweather face off against an unnamed UFC fighter.
The 42-year-old American, whose record stands at 50-0 after the bout against the Irishman, had teased followers on social media after posting a picture of himself alongside White.
And having been spotted together at an NBA game between Boston Celtics and LA Clippers last month, White conceded that a deal surrounding Mayweather’s return had been sealed.
He told the Jim Rome Show: ‘It’s true. We sat at the Clippers game. We started talking and we literally got a deal done right there on the court.
‘And if things play out the way things Floyd and I think they will, I will probably sit down with Al Haymond in March and get a deal on paper.
‘If everything goes our way, Floyd and I would be doing something in October or November.’
With ‘Money’ all but confirmed to have been lured back for one more payday, his comeback is likely to be against a UFC fighter in another cross-promotional event.
Mirror Sport believe that Jorge Masvidal is one of the favorites to take on Mayweather, with the Mexican having suggested he would be open to dropping weight in order to prepare for a potential showdown.
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