Arsene Wenger has reason to worry over international friendlies, time after time the Gunners have found their star players returning from duty injured.
While the matches are important for the country to get together and gain experience playing with one another, why on earth is there one just days before the opening day of the Premier League? I’m perplexed.
Luckily for Arsenal, Roy Hodgson will be aiming to protect his star Jack Wilshere after his comeback to the international scene, and he’s expressed his delight at having the midfielder back in action.
The 21-year-old is strong and back to full fitness now, with Wenger restricting his involvement on the weekend with his expected runout on the horizon with England on Wednesday against Scotland.
Hodgson is naturally keen to utilize his talents for the Three Lions World Cup Qualifying campaign but will do so cautiously.
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The England boss said:
Jack has looked good [in training] and he has been playing on quite a regular basis for a period of time now. He has been back in full training and playing a regular part in Arsenal’s pre-season. We are delighted to have him back, but he is another player we want to protect a little bit.
I am really pleased he is back with us because he is a precocious talent. His game against Brazil, where he got the man of the match award, still lives long in the memory. He was fantastic throughout and I am rather hoping we will get some use from him in qualifying.
Up to now he has only played the Brazil match and half a match against Sweden in my time as national team manager.
Wilshere has looked strong in pre-season and will be a big player this campaign. Fingers crossed he and the other internationals return in one piece with the Aston Villa clash very close!
Good luck to the Englishman against the Scots, please come home in one piece!