Arsene Wenger has revealed some team news ahead of our clash with Sunderland this weekend, and while there’s no bad news, there’s not much good news either, as reported by Arsenal.com.
The manager claims Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are still some way off returning, although could feature for the U21s at some point soon. Jack Wilshere meanwhile is a maybe for this weekend’s game, although Wenger’s comments don’t sound overly confident.
“[Cazorla and Oxlade-Chamberlain] are not ready yet and I haven’t decided yet, but there are not many games left. We still have games in the under-21s, I can put them in the play-off games [if they are available],” he said.
“I cannot plan that [Wilshere will be involved]. At the moment I do not know if I will take him on Sunday or not. Should I take him, you cannot plan that he will play a part in the game.
“He made a big improvement in the third [under-21s] game. In the first two he was alright, but in the third he found his burst back, the little change of pace. If I don’t take him this weekend, I will take him [in the squad] the weekend after, certainly.”
Wilshere was really impressive during his last game against West Bromwich Albion U21s, scoring Arsenal’s only goal of the game. As Wenger stated, he looked to have his burst back, which is such a massive part of his game.
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While it doesn’t seem likely that the 24-year-old will feature this weekend, Wenger guarantees that he’ll be in action the following week. This will be great news for both Wilshere and England, as he’ll get a couple of games under his belt before the Euro 2016 Championships this summer.
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Wenger made a few changes for the game against West Brom on Thursday, and with three games in a week it seems likely that he’ll make a couple more this weekend.