Wilshere Ruled Out

By on October 24, 2012

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled Jack Wilshere out of tonight’s Champions League encounter with Schalke after the midfielder played 90 minutes on Monday.

Wilshere continued his comeback from a 14 month injury lay-off on Monday as he started for Arsenal’s under-21 side in a 2-1 win over Everton.

The 20-year-old completed the 90 minutes and was showing signs of his best, being involved in both Gunners goals (you can watch highlights here), and some fans had hoped he could make a first team appearance on Wednesday night.

However, the boss has confirmed that while Wilshere needs playing time, the Schalke game will come too soon after his outing for the under-21’s, especially given the length of time he’s been out the game.

Wenger told Sky Sports:

“We are a little bit in a trap at the moment because he needs to play full games and of course, 48 hours later is too dangerous to play a player, or even put him on the bench, who has not played for such a long time.”

Wenger did however reveal that Jack, along with Bacary Sagna and Emmanuel Frimpong, could make a return against QPR on Saturday.

“There is a chance.

“He had 90 minutes yesterday, Sagna had 90 minutes, Frimpong had 90 minutes. We’ll see how they recover.

While i’d love to see Wilshere back with the first team as soon as possible, it was always unlikely he’d be in contention for tonight’s game after playing on Monday afternoon.

Some fans are suggesting he could come off the bench (if needed), especially given how stagnant our midfield looked against Norwich, but after 14 months out there is no point taking risks with him. He needs time to recover after playing 90 minutes and an intense Champions League game just 48 hours later is too much to soon.

A return to the first team against QPR at the Emirates on Saturday is far more likely, and i can’t wait to see him back in action!

Are you excited by Wilshere’s return? Where do you see him fitting in? Get involved in the comments section.

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7 Comments

  1. nnadozie charles

    October 24, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I cant wait 2 see jack back,i tink he wil slot streght 2 rambos position. We r winning 3:1 2night

  2. kevmacn

    October 24, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I think on saturday he should start against QPR and give him 60 solid minutes. Time to give cazorla a rest i feel

  3. Flo

    October 24, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Welcome back jack! should replace Ramsy cant wait 2 c Arteta,Carzola and Wilshere in mid!

  4. Eucabeth

    October 24, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Ramsey is like the problem

  5. Kunle

    October 24, 2012 at 11:45 am

    It will be great to see jack back in d midfield,ramsey has been totally rubbish.Really i dont see wat wenger sees in ramsey.very poor footballer in all senses.

  6. Faizel

    October 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    When will Wenger play Arshavin in the middle of the midfield

  7. Donald Anderson

    October 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Hey Jack!…gud 2 av u back on feet. Miss u like June without d rains in d middle of d park. Ope u’ll soon get 2 grid n grind d ball wit Carzola d’saint. Kip ballin’ all da way cos i’m still ballin’ wit d gunners all da way 2 eternity. 1luv 2 all ma gooner chickz. I luv u all!….kisses

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