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Post by enigma on Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:06 am

The last seven days at Emirates Stadium

On the pitch…
Arsenal managed three wins in three over the Christmas period. They beat Aston Villa 3-0 with two goals from Cesc Fabregas and one from Abou Diaby and Portsmouth were defeated 4-1. Eduardo, Samir Nasri, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Song all scored at Fratton Park before the Gunners headed to West Ham for an FA Cup Third Round clash. Arsène Wenger's side went 1-0 down at Upton Park but second-half goals from Ramsey and Eduardo saw Arsenal progress to the Fourth Round.

Off the pitch…
Abou Diaby, Tomas Rosicky and Henri Lansbury all signed new long-term contracts with the Club and Lansbury also extended his loan spell with Watford until the end of the season. Former Ladies manager and current first-team kit manager Vic Akers was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list and the FA Cup draw gave Arsenal a trip to Stoke City in the Fourth Round.

'Loan can be ‘finishing school’ for Wilshere' - Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger believes that a loan spell for Jack Wilshere would serve as a 'finishing school' for his football education.

The 17-year-old has been linked with a temporary switch to Burnley in the New Year and Wenger is considering whether to let Wilshere leave Emirates Stadium for the short-term.

The manager has stressed that Wilshere must be guaranteed games to justify a loan move, but he believes that a spell away from Arsenal will benefit the teenager as it benefited Ashley Cole a decade ago.

The then 19-year-old Cole spent three months on loan at Crystal Palace in the latter stages of the 1999/2000 campaign and returned to nail down a place in the Arsenal first team. Wenger thinks Wilshere can follow a similar path.

"[A loan spell] is like a finishing school," said the Frenchman. "It is what we call a post-education experience.

"The spell at Palace really gave Ashley the needed confidence and convinced everybody that he could play at the top level because he adapted straight away.

"Ten years later you think it was not a coincidence."

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