Perhaps Arsenal wouldn’t be in their current predicament if Jack Wilshere had been available for the first few matches, although the midfielder’s ankle injury will continue to keep him out of action for the next few months.
Arsenal supporters had hoped to see the 19-year-old turning out for the Gunners in the next few weeks, although it appears that the stress fracture is not healing very quickly and that the midfielder might not make an appearance until Christmas.
The club website said of Wilshere: “Scans this week have revealed that the fracture has not responded positively during this period.
“Throughout Jack’s injury, the club has been guided by the continuous advice of several world-renowned specialists. The information attained this week has led to the conclusion that surgery is now required to gain an optimal response.”
“Wilshere is now expected to be out for a period of months. Following surgery these timescales will become more specific.
A club spokesman said: “We have given Jack time to heal naturally which is important wherever possible with a young player. The latest scans show surgery is needed. Everyone at the club wishes Jack a speedy recovery.”
Wilshere is thought to have sustained the injury playing for England in June, before aggravating the ankle during pre-season.