Midfielder Wilshere saw his progress last season hampered by a series of niggling injuries, which eventually required minor surgery, but has been tackling pre-season head on and he jetted off with the rest of the Gunners squad for their tour to Asia. Arsenal have already recruited Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer and have been linked with big-money moves for Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Marouane Fellaini, as well as Wayne Rooney. Oxlade-Chamberlain, however, feels 21-year-old Wilshere can help drive the Gunners on with his all-action displays at the heart of the team. Press Association A fully fit Jack Wilshere would be like a new signing for Arsenal next season, according to his England team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. “Jack is back in training and looking really good. He is obviously coming away with us on tour and the fact he is looking so strong is good news for Arsenal and England,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said in the London Evening Standard. “Hopefully, he can stay fit because he is an amazing player and can add a lot to our team. Is he the best kind of signing we can make? Yes. Everyone is important. Whenever you lose someone it dents the team in some way. If we can keep him fit, it will give us a lot more options and enhances competition for places.” Wilshere has shown great personal strength to return from almost 18 months on the sidelines a couple of seasons ago, and is now very much an integral part for both club and country ahead of next summer’s World Cup. “One thing I have realised as he’s gone through this, he is a much stronger character on and off the pitch. He has learned from it and has become a better man for it. He does a lot of stuff now to prevent these things from happening,” added Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored in England’s 2-2 draw against Brazil at the Maracana last month. “He works really hard and is the first one in and last one out of training. To come through something like that, having not been able to play for so many months and always stay positive, is really mentally challenging but he did that really well. Last season he had a good stint in the team and now he is pushing on again.” Arsenal’s pursuit of Higuain continues to drag on, with Madrid president Florentino Perez claiming no official bid had been lodged. It has also been reported the striker is now set for talks with new manager Carlo Ancelotti about whether he in fact has a future at the Spanish giants when pre-season training resumes next week. While in the Far East, Wenger’s squad will take part in a lucrative promotional tour, which includes open training sessions as well as matches in Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan.
New Delhi: January 13 is the festival of Lohri, an auspicious occasion for Punjabis. For Shubman Gill, an upcoming star of Indian cricket who hails from Fazilka, Punjab, Lohri this year has brought an added dimension of joy. Following the suspension of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their comments on Koffee With Karan, the BCCI announced that Vijay Shankar and Shubman will replace the two players. While Shankar will join the squad for the remaining ODIs in Australia, Shubman will join the Indian cricket team for the five-match ODI and three Twenty20 International series against New Zealand. The fact that Shubman might play for India in New Zealand makes him a destiny’s child.For Shubman, a potential debut in New Zealand would represent the ultimate crowning glory, for it was at this venue in 2018 that he achieved glory as an India cricketer. During the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, Shubman was in the squad along with the likes of Prithvi Shaw, who was the skipper and other talented players like Manjot Kalra and Himanshu Rana. He finished the tournament as the highest run-getter for India, blasting 372 runs in six games at a staggering average of 124. His best knock was a classy, unbeaten 102 against Pakistan in the semi-final and his consistency played a big part in India securing the title.Read More | Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill replace suspended Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul for Australia, New Zealand seriesThings got better for the 19-year-old once he came back from his victorious World Cup campaign. In the 2018 Indian Premier League, picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 1.8 crore, he smashed 57 against MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings which made him a major talking point. The domestic season proved to be the making of a new star and Shubman impressed in the Deodhar Trophy, scoring 168 runs in three games at an average of 84, including a knock of 106* against India A in a high-scoring chase.Read More | Australia achieve magnificent 1000 in win over India in Sydney ODIThe Punjab youngster was selected in the India A squad for the series against New Zealand and he impressed with a composed 62 in the four-day game at Whangarei and chipped in with some solid knocks in the two List A games at Mount Maunganui. His dream run continued when he was included in the Punjab side for the 2018/19 Ranji Trophy season. In his debut season, the talented right-hander has shown that he belongs to the big stage by smashing 728 runs at an average of 104 with two centuries and five fifties. After starting with two fifties against Andhra Pradesh, he blasted 268 against Tamil Nadu and the best part was that it came while opening the batting.In his next four games, Shubman scored 10 and 148* against Hyderabad and impressed with 69 against Kerala while he rounded off his campaign with a brilliant 91 against Bengal at the Eden Gardens. The amount of runs scored at the right moment has put Shubman on the doorsteps of an India cap for the series against New Zealand and it represents a rapid rise for a player touted to be the next big star of Indian cricket. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Welker’s name cropped up during the media session as the wide receiver was occasionally utilised as an emergency kicker during his NFL career – including slotting over an extra point for the Pats in 2010.”We were talking about him the other day – maybe we can see if we can round him up,” Belichick jokingly said of Welker, who is now on the coaching staff at the San Francisco 49ers.On a more serious note, he added: “If we lost three guys in any position it would be a problem.” Bill Belichick jokingly suggested he may try to tempt Wes Welker out of retirement as the Patriots continue to search for a solution to their kicking issues.The Pats boast a 10-2 record this season despite having to chop and change the identity of their kicker, using four different players in the role so far. Stephen Gostkowski was the starter before being placed on injured reserve and, after Mike Nugent failed to successfully fill the void, Nick Folk’s spell with the team was cut short when he had an appendix operation.Kai Forbath was on duty for the Week 13 defeat to the Houston Texans, kicking a field goal while landing one of his two extra-point attempts, but he was subsequently released on Monday.While there are reports Folk may return to New England in time for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, they had still yet to have a recognised kicker on their roster early on Friday.Asked about the situation in his news conference, Belichick said: “We will just have to see how it goes. We will go with what we’ve got, or… I don’t know, see how it goes.”All the feels this week #Patriots players see their #MyCauseMyCleats for the first time.All the cleats, all the causes: https://t.co/pVgiQGiaco pic.twitter.com/PcHVsaiI7d— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 5, 2019The Patriots head coach was then questioned over reports Folk is set to return, though when asked if an announcement was expected, he simply replied: “Nope”.Punter Jake Bailey is an option having accepted the added responsibility of kick-off duties in Gostkowski’s absence, though Belichick seemed relaxed over the situation as he proposed the idea of a familiar face coming back to the team.