Wilshere was visible in the training pictures released by the club yesterday which may suggest that his absence is simply a precautionary measure ahead of the new campaign.
However, few can deny that this will raise further doubts about Wilshere’s fitness with the season yet to begin, as the England man faces a defining campaign for both club and country.
Wilshere has started most of the pre-season fixtures on the flanks and Wenger may see that as a position for him to excel in while avoiding needless injuries.
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With Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez also set to miss the encounter, our team may just pick itself in terms of who the manager fields in the wide areas.
Facing a Chelsea side at full strength, hopefully, we can overcome this slight hiccup and gain an advantage before the season begins.