Arsène Wenger has revealed that Jack Wilshere has suffered an injury setback, however the Frenchman failed to mention a time frame leading to rumours that the young Englishman will fail to play this season.
Wenger released the following team news ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Aston Villa:
on Jack Wilshere:
He has had a little setback that is under investigation at the moment so I cannot give you how long he will be out for. At the moment he is seeing a specialist and as soon as we know more we will communicate. It sets him back a little bit but for how long I don’t know. It is the same foot but a different problem to the injury he had surgery on back in September. But is it an inflammation? We have to wait a little bit.
on Bacary Sagna:
Bacary Sagna is back in full training. Many players who are not specialist right backs have been playing in this position so we are relieved to have Bacary back.
on Mikel Arteta:
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He is very close to full training, Thierry Henry as well.
on Kieran Gibbs:
He will be back to full training on Monday. He will certainly not be involved at all on Sunday.
on Francis Coquelin:
He is back in the squad, he is available. That makes him, Henry, Bacary and Arteta back in contention for the squad.
on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain:
He is alright, it was just fatigue. His calf was not gone or anything like that, he just started to tire a little bit. It is normal for a guy who plays a game at that intensity. But health-wise he has no problem. He will be involved on Sunday.
on Johan Djourou:
He has still not practiced today. It is a small hamstring problem – but a minor one.
on the overall position:
At the moment, many players are on their way back. I will have to decide on Saturday, I have to look at them and see how much of a gamble I can take because we play again on Wednesday. Gibbs will certainly not be involved at all on Sunday, but the others could be involved. That will be decided tomorrow.
Wilshere’s situation is extremely worrying, especially with Wenger so reluctant to buy because the midfielder was set to return in February. Now he could miss the rest of the season and consequently Euro 2012.
The Gunners need the influential midfielder to add more creativity and spark into their game, but it seems they will have to wait even longer now. Fingers crossed the final diagnostic reveals a minor setback and he can feature this season.
Despite Wilshere’s setback, the rest of the team news revealed by Wenger is a bit more of a relief, especially with Sagna returning this weekend and Gibbs very close too. It’s time for the Gunners to turn their season around once again and shoot for the top four (apologies for the awful pun).