Arsenal round-up: Xavi lavishes praise on Jack Wilshere

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Arsenal fans, hello and welcome to Friday.

To mark the end of the working week - unless you’re amongst those poor souls forced to work at the weekend as well - we’ve compiled the biggest stories from today purely for the purpose of informing.

Tackle the beast below if you want to be updated on all things Arsenal or you can watch the video above if you’d rather use your ears than your eyes. Enjoy.

Xavi's Wilshere praise

Arsenal star Jack Wilshere hasn’t had the best career when his injury woes are taken into account, but at least he’s got an admirer in arguably one of the greatest midfielders to have ever played the game.

Barcelona icon Xavi has described Wilshere’s situation as a ‘shame’, also suggesting that he would make the difference for the Gunners if he can be kept fully fit.

“He played a fantastic game against us [in 2011]. Let’s not forget he was just 20 or 21 years old. It’s just a shame he got injured so many times over the past two years,” Xavi said.

“If he gets going and a bit of continuity as well, he may make the difference for both Arsenal and the English national team. He is a different kind of English player.

“Even though he has been nourished in a physical type of football, he is really talented, gifted for passing and he does not give the ball away. He does not seem to be English!”

High praise indeed coming from the Spanish pass master, but wanting to stay injury-free and then actually staying injury-free are two completely different things.

Injury problems

Meanwhile, sticking with injury news, both Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are to be out until after the international break.

The English duo both picked up knocks during the midweek loss to Sheffield Wednesday, with Walcott straining his calf muscle and his teammate pulling up with another hamstring problem.

Merida regrets

Lastly, Fran Merida - you might not remember him - has admitted he regrets leaving Arsenal for Atletico Madrid in 2010.

The then-youngster, now 25, chose to move away from the Gunners after signing for them as a 15-year-old from Barcelona.

He was dubbed an ‘amazing player’ by Arsene Wenger at the time but rued the fact that things didn’t work out in north London.

Here's perhaps his greatest moment in an Arsenal shirt:

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