Things have been looking up on the injury front recently, but we’ve been brought crashing back down to earth with the news that Jack Wilshere could miss the remainder of the season after yet another set-back, as reported by The Telegraph.
The England international is yet to play a single game this season, and has spent the whole campaign on the doctor’s table after suffering an injury in training ahead of our Community Shield victory over Chelsea.
Reports now suggest he may not be back before the end of the campaign, which will have ramifications for both Arsenal and England. Not only will we be without the diminutive midfielder for the rest of the Premier League season, but it’s also looking increasingly unlikely that he’ll return for the Euro 2016 Championships this summer.
Injuries once again look set to destroy our squad depth heading into a crucial point in the season, and despite having a host of central midfielders on our books, we may well be left a little light in that department during a busy period.
As the report suggests, both Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky currently join Wilshere on the injury list, with a number of other players only recently returning from a spell on the sidelines.
The signing of Mohamed Elneny will obviously ease concerns somewhat, but any further injuries and we could be in real trouble. Arsene Wenger is going to have to carefully manage the likes of Elneny, Francis Coquelin, and Aaron Ramsey, as they are really our only options in the midfield pivot.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta, Calum Chambers, and Mathieu Flamini can all do a job there, but if we want to challenge for multiple titles this season then we can’t afford to field anything other than top quality in our starting XI.
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There’s obviously no remedying things now, with Wilshere already out for the count and the January transfer window all but over. Hopefully we aren’t left ruing our inactivity in the transfer window, with injuries potentially playing a huge part in our season once again.