Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has had a mixed season so far. The Englishman has looked very good whenever he plays, and has impressed in a variety of roles for both club and country. However, the injury demons have been plaguing him constantly and he has been injured three times already this season. The latest injury, an ankle complaint that saw him carried off in the game against United, required surgery and now Wilshere faces a spell of three months on the sidelines.
But manager Arsene Wenger seems unperturbed and said that Wilshere would come back strongly and it would spur him on to do better. Speaking about the 22 year old, Wenger revealed that the player was blessed with a maturity beyond his years and was always thinking about the betterment of the club. Wenger also asserted that if he could find respite from his injuries, Wilshere would go on to become one of the best midfielders in the world.
He’s prepared and focused on coming back to finish the season well. I think he will be back at the end of February, beginning of March and he will focus on coming back to rehab, having a strong rehab, and then I’m sure he will help us to do well until the end of the season.
He’s very down – Jack is a football man who loves the game. But on the other hand, he’s a very strong character as well and he has learnt to deal with adversity at a very young age.
He always comes out stronger and when I spoke to him, the final sprint of the season is already in his mind. He’s a very strong boy.
If he has no problem with his joints, he will make a massive career. I was more worried one year ago than I am today because he had two or three surgeries on his right ankle. At some stage, you could raise that question but today I am much more confident that he will [fulfil his potential].
Arsenal have a long history of injuries and this season is no exception; we already have had over 60 injuries this season. If our medical staff finally break the black magic that seems to hover over our players, there are several youngsters, Wishere, the Ox and Ramsey chief amongst them, who could go on to have stellar careers for both club and country.