It was hoped that Jack Wilshere’s return from ankle surgery would see him return in time for the busy festive period, but Arsene Wenger put paid that today, saying the England man won’t be back until some time in the new year.
Speaking at his press conference today, the Arsenal manager said, “If you ask me if he will be fit before the end of December, no chance.”
Wilshere was injured on the eve of the Community Shield after a training ground challenge, and has yet to kick a ball in anger after undergoing an operation. Hopefully it’s nothing like a setback, just a slightly delayed return.
Meanwhile, there was an update on forgotten man Tomas Rosicky, who has also been sidelined after surgery on his knee. He’s back in light training, Wenger revealing, “He is quite positive. He is running outside but not ready yet. End of January.”
With Wilshere, Welbeck, and Rosicky all due back early in the new year, the LANS will be off the charts.
Feel bad for the guys, they just wanna play. But it will be nice with a LANS-wave rolling in as we head into the business end of the season. Hope that won’t impede potential January signings, though. I really think that with one or two new faces in the right departments, it will be our title to lose. COYG!
They are coming back in Jan for a reason!!!. You know and I know he won’t sign anyone, but you can keep hopping he would see this is a chance to win the league and take it. We have lost two titles for refusing to add one or two players in Jan, the only time he would add in Jan if he sees the fourth place trophy slipping of his hands. And, would uncle Arsene get rid of Jack if he comes back to only break down after two weeks for the season or we would have another resources sucking… Read more »
I don’t get this “LANS” positive thing?
Don’t new signings take forever to find their feet?
Our injury prone chaps will probably develop injuries before they have found their feet?
I am probably misunderstanding or missing something…?
I know it’s Wilshere. But, isn’t this getting frustrating even by his very low fitness standards? He’s turning into a new version of Diaby. Starter when fit, otherwise just deadwood. Sad.
Just in time to help us win the league and champions league. COYG!!!!
I’m not surprised
‘And Rosicky has just come on a sub and he scores the goal that clinches the Double for Arsenal…’
Or am I being too optimistic?
Nope, it’s spot on 😉
I don’t know why Arsenal fans are always so pessimistic to the point of delusion.
It should be the goal that clinches the treble.
Super Jack Super Jack Super super Diaby!
So we really will be to bare bones the whole December. No mid field options at all.
if Tomas’s end of january return is positive news.does it mean we will not see wilshere till february?!
While I want all our players back fit and healthy as soon as possible, I must admit I want Wilshere back the most. I love watching him play and because we see him so rarely I am still full of anticipation when he gets the ball, always thinking he can do something special (that Barcelona performance obviously springs to mind). For me, he is the physical embodiment of Arsenal Football Club – and yes, if you want to be negative that works the other way too unfortunately with our perennial injury problems. However, when (keep the faith guys!!) he gets… Read more »
Its been a good week.
We’re in a good place.
He’s not what that embodies the Arse. He’s unlucky with injuries, thats unfortunate.
But when fit he really doesnt deserve to be in the starting line up.
After watching the likes of Coq & Bellerin&Nacho accomplish, and seeing the likes of Ox, Szcz, Jack given all the opportunities and just waste it and costing us over the years …..no thnx.
If we remain in the top 4 after the holiday period with the bare bones squad we have now it will become one of Wenger’s great management jobs in recent years (along with qualifying for the group stage after starting 0-2). We absolutely cannot afford another injury with the only options that Wenger seems to trust off of the bench right now being Gibbs and Chamberlin. Come early January the squad will be exhausted.
The only option at this time is to possibly have Ox as Ramsey’s backup and Chambers supporting Flamini. Not ideal by any stretch but I can’t see any other alternatives.
Not strictly true…….don’t lets forget the clutch of extremely talented youngsters like jeff, alex, kris etc, waiting in the wings, to be called upon when needed, who, i am sure are more than ready and capable to step up like coquelin and bellerin if given the chance. I know there are concerns regarding the readiness of these youngsters, but the sheffield wednesday’s game is not the true yardstick of readiness as shown by the increasingly improving form of campbell from a run of games after that game, and there is no reason why these youngsters cannot follow suit, with the… Read more »
I like that Wenger clarified Rosicky is running “outside.” Is this a pet dog he’s talking about?
Or they won’t let him inside the stadium?
Maybe he’d shit on the pitch
“Hopefully it’s nothing like a setback, just a slightly delayed return.”
Only in Arsenal world old this not be an oxymoron!
Hurry back, Jacky Boy…….
I’d gladly welcome back and be happy with all our LANS to take us to the end of the season. Obviously depending on if truly Rosicky, Wilshere, Welbeck, Arteta and Alexis are all back by end of January and remain injury-free for the rest of the season or thereabouts (paving the way for “The Return of the COQZORLA” in April).
Jack brings something different in the attacking third. IMO he should be surrogate to Ozil in providing a different type of threat from same position.
Originally I thought he’d be better further back in the Santi role but I feel he has the ability to push forward high up and give us more edge behind the main striker.
What do we think of Tottenham?;)
Arsenal DNA through and through.
Another brought through the ranks by Wenger for nothing.
Add Bellerin, Coquelin, Campbell(to some extent), Gibbs, Wenger hasn’t been entirely unsuccessful with nurturing young players and bringing them through.
Take your time Jack…we need you at 100 percent next year.
No need to rush.
Imagine if Giroud had to come off after turning that ankle. Huge moment. Well done Olivier, handsome and strong!