Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Wenger positive on Wilshere, but Mertesacker to miss run-in

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Jack Wilshere’s latest scan results provide further evidence that he is making a full recovery from his ankle problems, although the boss has again refused to be drawn on a return date for the young midfielder.

Giving an update to Arsenal.com about the England dynamo’s fitness, the Frenchman revealed:

“Jack’s scan was positive. There is no problem, it is normal evolution and he is continuing his progression. It’s too early to fix a date though, we go day by day with him.”

It remains to be seen whether Arsenal fans will get a glimpse of Wilshere in the red and white before the end of the season, although one man who definitely won’t feature until next term is Per Mertesacker.

Having turned his ankle against Sunderland, and subsequently undergone surgery, the German centre-back looks likely to spend the final six weeks on the sidelines before making a push for involvement in Joachim Loew’s Euro 2012 squad.

“I believe Per will be out for the rest of the season,” continued Wenger. “Basically there are only six weeks to go [this season] so I don’t think he’ll be sharp enough to come back and play. He would need to train and get back to full fitness.”

In further fitness news, Andre Santos came through last night’s 3-0 Reserve win over West Bromwich Albion with no problems and will be available for Wednesday’s clash with Everton, while Abou Diaby is set to play for the second string next week against Liverpool as he attempts a comeback from a hamstring problem. Francis Coquelin remains at least a fortnight from returning.

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bob's your uncle

Can’t wait to see jack back in action. Such a class act, with just the right amount of hustle.

Red Cannon

What exactly is just the right amount of hustle? I’ve always assumed that too much is never enough (as long as it can be maintained for an entire game) when it comes to hustle in football.


barton has too much, denilson has too little.


Good news all around (never expected Per to return this year anyway).


Francis Coquelin very underated by a lot of fans i think he is up there with AOC in terms of how far he has come and how far he could do, needs to get fit and start playing to show his true talent


Oh our dear beloved captain you should visit Arseblog more often you dont how much we love the coq.


its true, we love coq


I wish my wife loved the coq as much as I do!


She told me she loves it.

Yankee Doodle Cheeseburger Munching C**t

I love Coq’.


I hate to say it, but le Coq needs to get the Drogba/Suarez writhing in agony on the ground in fake injury out of his game. Despite this though, I do love the Coq and would love to see him get an, ahem, extended run in the Arse-nal.


players on arsenal should never fake injuries, I always think they are being serious with our injury record


Good news on a good run. I hope Djourou’s performance plus squad morale will help him if he’s called upon as we can’t afford another CB injury.


It’s not only injuries, Kos is on 9 yellows, so one more and it’s a two game ban,



We’re taking care Wilshere for almost a season in the treatment table and the one who will benefit the most will most likely be England national team, which play a huge part in his injury.. That doesn’t seem fair at all. Except if England goes out in the group stage, which might happen with a coach like Pearce or Redknapp.
Best of luck to every players that will recover, especially Diaby. He need to put a performances like Rosicky to justify his inclusion next season.

Dick Swiveller

Jack’ll be off the pace for England and will get pilloried as somebody needs to take the blame, hopefully it won’t happen that way and frankly a half-lame Jack is better than most of the England team anyway but the press love a scapegoat…


Even the English press is not stupid enough to scapegoat a 20 year old for continued national failure.

Or are they? :S

the only sam is nelson

like beckham in 1998? or rooney in 2006?

nah tall poppy syndrome (or short spud in wazza’s case) has no place in her majesty’s magnificent fourth estate

oh, wait

Dick Swiveller

Having rethought it, their memories being so short I doubt they can remember how good he actually was, so it might turn out okay.

Hopefully Terry will be there to manage the team and it’ll work out in the end.

the only sam is nelson

heh, i did like the comment last night “the manager is the one standing at the front in the suit” as the alleged racist sat on the bench ordering players around like some latter day brian clough twat. i just hope jack has the sense to avoid some of the awful pricks in the england dressing room. i mean, could anyone imagine anything worse than him getting friendly with gerrard? he’d waltz into the dressing room at the grove next season and get into a fight with everyone over not being able to put “easy lover” on the fucking stereo… Read more »


i’m inclined to think the opposite, i think Jack will be coming into top fitness by the time the Euro’s come around. As long as he can come back with 6-7 games to go.
it will be good for him to play with England and maybe at the Olympics, then he’ll have a little break in the summer, he can be really flying by the time the season starts.
Might need a another rest in December time though.


Should Wilshere be included in Euro 2012?

As an Arsenal fan, I think the Wenger in me wants to say no, but obviously he’ll want to play.

Come to think of it, potentially going to be a lot of Arsenal players featuring, off the top of my head: Szczesny, Fabianski, Koscielny?, Mertesacker, Sagna, Rosicky, Wilshere?, Ox?, Arshavin, Bendtner, Van Persie, Walcott, Podolski (if that comes to fruition)…

The Truth

Le Coq should take it easy. He doesn’t want to extend himself too much and get injured again. Basically, he should beware of any stiffness.


The coq is inching back to first team action.

Thierry Henry

‘it is normal evolution’

I eagerly await his return to action as an evolved wilsherèmon.


Slightly off the subject but my mrs had just told me that she thinks bench warmer na$ri looks like a lesbian…. Ha ha ha…. Nice one me lady. Happy days….

Midfield Corporal

He is a lesbian isn’t he?

On the Jack issue, I’d bubblewrap him and get him out in preseason, undone want any of our boys around John Terry unless it’s Frimpong sneaking up behind him with a Glock 9 in his hand.


Too many people write off Diaby, he ever gets back to full fitness he will be a massive force in midfield, Van persie was once tarred with the same injury ridden brush!

Midfield Corporal

I hope your right as I like Diaby, problem is all his injuries relate to the ankle break whereas RVP just seems unlucky with injuries all over his body. Poor guy broke his toe scoring the winner against Man Utd and missed the rest of the season.


I second that….he always has been a very exciting player to watch…looking at the strong comebacks that RvP and Tomas have made this season, it’d be pretty sad to see him striken off the roster, especially considering how talented the lad is..

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i think that once coq, wilshere and diaby are fit and we sign podolski and vertonhogen/yann m villa we will have a squad competing to win on three fronts except for the champions leauge

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