Arsenal player Jack Wilshere spoke to the press yesterday and was very vocal about some of the issues facing the club. He spoke in particular about the injury to playmaker Mesut Ozil and the ongoing injury crisis in the squad.
Ozil is currently suffering from a knee injury that will probably keep him out of action until the New Year. He joins a long list of players on the sidelines, with the likes of Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud also out with long term injuries.
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta, Theo Walcott, Yaya Sanogo, Serge Gnabry, Aaron Ramsey, Abou Diaby and Nacho Monreal are all set to return over the next couple of weeks and Laurent Koscielny and Danny Welbeck are also carrying small knocks.
Wilshere himself missed more than a year through injury but insists it is not an Arsenal problem and they will cope with the situation. The Englishman will have a major part to play in any success the club may have, and he has been in great form lately, for both Arsenal and England.
We are devastated for Mesut because he can play in that No 10, we have seen what he can do at No 10, [but] we have players who can come in.
It’s tough to take but it is part and parcel of football. I have had my fair few injuries. It is not a curse it happens and you just have to deal with it.
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It will be hard for him (Ozil) because he likes football, he has never really had an injury before. He had a slight one last season.
I am not even sure how long it is, I’ve not been back to the club. It will be difficult for him. But he is naturally quite a fit lad so he will be alright.
I think Danny Welbeck is alright. It was more of a tactical change when he came off.
Ozil has been playing much of the season on the flank so Wilshere believes his injury will at least give Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and fit-again Walcott – back in training after his long-term knee injury – a chance.
Ozil was playing on the left a bit so it probably won’t change much in the centre. Chambo will get a chance. Theo is coming back as well. Now it might give Theo or Chambo a chance.
And while Wilshere was a standout performer in the games against San Marino and Estonia, he admits that the diamond formation would not suit Arsenal and that at the club he prefers a more forward role compared to the national side.
With Arsenal we don’t play the diamond. It probably wouldn’t suit me as much.
We play with one holding and two ahead with two wide men so it probably wouldn’t suit me as much, I probably can play that role but I enjoy playing a bit higher for Arsenal. For Arsenal, yeah; for England, no.
Wenger will be hoping that Wilshere picks up from where he left off against Chelsea, and that Danny Welbeck is fit enough to play. A comparatively easy fixture at home against Hull City is next, and a win would be a nice boost to the Gunners’ confidence.