Arsenal Dealt Huge Blow As Wilshere’s Ruled Out For At Least Six Weeks

By on March 18, 2013

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Arsenal appear to have been dealt a huge blow with Goal.com reporting that Jack Wilshere’s latest ankle injury is set to keep him on the sidelines for at least another six weeks.

The midfielder picked up the problem during the defeat to Tottenham two weeks ago and was sent to Dubai to rest for a week. Arsene Wenger confirmed the injury last week saying the 21-year-old had suffered a problem to his right ankle and would be out for 3 weeks but he hoped to have him back after the international break, telling Sky Sports:

“Wilshere has an inflamed ankle, the other ankle. He will be out for Bayern, Swansea and for England.

“Hopefully for the Premier League, he will only miss one game because of the international break.

“I noticed recently he has had to dig deep for us, it’s not welcome for us but he needed a breather.

“But it’s more preventative. We trust our people who are specialists.”

However, Goal.com claim the player has since had another scan which revealed the true extent of the problem and he has suffered a re-occurrence of the injury that plagued him for 16 months but to the other ankle and has been instructed to rest for six weeks.

If true, that would rule him out of our next six games and it would be the start of May before he’d be able to begin training again. While he could be rushed back to take part in our final three league games, Goal.com claim the that privately, the club have already ruled him out for the season.

If this report is accurate, it will be a major blow to our hopes of finishing in the top-four this season. The win at Swansea combined with Tottenham’s loss against Fulham has moved us to within four points of our rivals with a game in hand, but the loss of Wilshere would be a huge blow at this stage of the season.

I read reports on Twitter last week when the injury first came to light that suggested Wenger was playing down the injury and it was more serious than we thought, and it seems those rumours may have some foundation to them. Fingers crossed Goal.com have this one wrong but knowing our luck with injuries, this will be the rare occasion they get it right.

How big a blow would Wilshere’s loss be to Arsenal? Get involved in the comments section below.

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5 Comments

  1. Steve of Chiang Mai

    March 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I dont think Goal.com would get something like this wrong would they…..Oh um yes that’s right they kind of do it all the time…..just think transfer rumours!

  2. atid

    March 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    i actually think its ok for the team but obviously bad for jack. unfortunately most of our poor displays have been with our best players wilshire szcesney sagna vermaelen podolski in the team. its just possible that these pmayers whilst being great individuals are not the best fit with the current squad. i think vermaelen looks best alongside djourou. wilshire looks best alongside a natural dm like coquelin. podolski weakens the cover in front of the left back whilst sagna struggles behind walcott. szcesney just needs to realise that he needs to up his game.

  3. Oguntuase Amos

    March 18, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Wilshere out is good for Arsenal. No doubt he is a great player but his defensive lapses and lack of urgency and pace to win the ball back when he loses the ball had more often resulted in a goal against us. So also his final touches are still suspect. Similarly people like Walcott, Sagna, Diaby, Vermalen and Secchezzny should only play limited role for the rest of the season. The contribution of Walcott, Sagna, Diaby and Vermalen to our defensive woes are immense. The team is getting a new cohesion and this must not be disturbed

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  5. ken

    March 20, 2013 at 4:03 am

    i admit wilshire is a good player ,i dont believe its a big blow for arsenal he has not yet stamped his Authority in the game or at arsenal as yet at times he does find himself going into 50 50 tackles and diving in to much something he has to avoid and anticipate in the future if he wants to be consistant like messi week in week out, once again if we are not careful he could land up like a real promising micheal owen with to many injurys as many other good english players before hiim speedy recovery mr wilshire

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