The young Englishman was only expected to be out for five or so months after undergoing surgery for a stress fracture in his ankle, but unfortunately suffered another stress fracture at the beginning of February which severely hampered his recovery progress.
It is very unfortunate that we will not see Wilshere make any return, particularly after it was confirmed that fellow team-mate Mikel Arteta suffered a serious ankle injury in Arsenal’s recent shock loss to Wigan Athletic.
Wenger said to official website Arsenal.com about Wilshere:
Jack Wilshere will not play again this season and will not go to the European Championships. That is for sure.
He is not ready to practice today or next week. His ankle is fine and he makes progress, but it is slow progress. We had a chat about that this week. His progress is not quick enough to go to the Euros.
Jack is devastated. What kept him going was that he felt, even if he could not play with us, he had a good chance of going to Euro 2012. That is over now. But Jack is mentally strong and he is already working hard ahead of next season.
The Olympics would be the worst idea for him. When a guy has not played for year, he needs a good and slow preparation to start the season. Once he is fit he can think about the national team.
It is not that I don’t what him to go to the Olympics. It is just that he has other priorities than that.
The news comes as a big blow to both Wilshere and to Arsenal, who perhaps a month ago would have hoped that the Englishman could help the Gunners at the final stretch of the season.
But in saying this, the opportunity to regain his fitness over the summer should provide the youngster with plenty of time to get back to 100% without worrying about any kind of injury recurrence. Hopefully he will be like a new signing next season and hopefully we can finish in third place without him!