Jack Wilshere says he’s ‘devastated’ for Mesut Ozil after the German international picked up a knee injury that will sideline him for up to four months.
The 25-year-old World Cup winner is understood to have picked up the problem in Arsenal’s defeat at Chelsea but was only diagnosed by his national team’s medics when he reported for Euro 2016 qualifier duty last week.
Eager to play down the effect on Arsenal’s tactical set-up, Wilshere stressed that Arsene Wenger has plenty of options at his disposal on the flanks with England colleagues Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the returning Theo Walcott eager to take over.
“We are devastated for Mesut because he can play in that number 10, we have seen what he can do at number 10,” Wilshere told reporters after England’s 1-0 victory over Estonia on Saturday night.
“It’s tough to take but it is part and parcel of football. I have had my fair few injuries. It is not a curse, it happens and you just have to deal with it.
“It will be hard for him [Ozil] because he likes football, he has never really had an injury before. He had a slight one last season.
“I am not even sure how long it is, I’ve not been back to the club. It will be difficult for him. But he is naturally quite a fit lad so he will be alright.
“Ozil was playing on the left a bit so it probably won’t change much in the centre. Chambo will get a chance. Theo is coming back as well. Now it might give Theo or Chambo a chance.”
Tomas Rosicky is another who might have been challenging for a place in Ozil’s absence but it appears he too has succumbed to injury [story here] during the Interlull and is waiting for a full diagnosis.