Already struggling from a small squad size and injury problems, the last thing Arsenal would have wanted was to lose one of their key players. Their worst fear was realized in the game against Dortmund midweek however; when talismanic midfielder Jack Wilshere went down with what appeared to be an ankle injury. He immediately signaled to the bench requesting a change, and that on top of the result capped off a horrible night for the Gunners.
The fact that he went down on his already problematic ankle was a fact lost on no one. He has already lost over a year of playing time due to injuries relating to the ankle, notably the entire 2011-12 season where he was sidelined for the entire season. So it was understandable that Gunners fans had their hearts in their mouths. Debuchy confirming his long term injury also did not bode well for the team.
But, according to Goal.com, after extensive testing, the consensus is that there is only minor damage to the ankle, and with a bit of luck Wilshere may even be available to play in the weekend fixture against Aston Villa. This is very relieving news; especially since he has clearly been the best player in our team over the past couple of games. And in a midfield which seemed ragged and lacking against Dortmund, a player like Wilshere can make all the difference.
When Arsenal travel to Villa Park to meet the high flying outfit, fans will be hoping Wilshere lines up with the rest of the squad. They are on a hot streak of form, as demonstrated by their victory over Liverpool, and Arsenal will need to go in all guns blazing to win the game.