Going for Gold – Team GB set to shine says Wenger

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed a football team combining Britain’s leading lights across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to shine at the 2012 London Olympics.

The thought of a unified team taking on the rest of the world at next summer’s Games is a mouthwatering prospect, and is something that Wenger believes will give team GB a great chance of winning a medal.

"They will do well, because it is at home and the focus will be there usually," he said.

When asked about the possibility of Arsenal and Wales international midfielder Aaron Ramsey playing for team GB, Wenger says he would have no problem, but admitted that most people do not view football as a traditional Olympic event.


"I think the Olympic Games is not about football, it is about track and field. Football for me never looked to be a highlight of the Olympic Games.

"But I am happy for him to play for us - that is basically the target of our career.

"In the professional game we see the Olympics football as an obstacle than as a motivation."

An all-star line up for team GB will more than likely be heavily weighted with English talent.

But with the possibility of Ramsey and his national compatriot Gareth Bale being incorporated, as well as names such as Charlie Adam and Jonny Evans being thrown into the mix, the prospect is something to look forward to.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is another player who will surely be involved in the Olympic set-up.

And having gained many admirers after a series of impressive performances this season since being promoted to the Gunners’ first-team, Wilshere is being tipped to lead out team GB as captain next summer.

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