Arsene Wenger has offered an honest assessment with regards to the extent of the ankle injury which has ruled Jack Wilshere out of competitive action so far this season and is set to do so for a further two months, by implying it could have been diminished had the midfielder accepted immediate medical treatment on experiencing the problem rather than going on holiday, the Guardian reports.
Whilst representing England in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland at the beginning of June, Wilshere took a heavy knock on his troublesome ankle but instead of seeking assistance from Arsenal’s medical staff in promoting his quick recovery, the 19-year old decided resting up on holiday would be a means to the same ends.
However Wenger revealed his belief that this choice of Wilshere’s has ultimately hindered the player’s prospects of an imminent return to first team action. “He went on holiday…when you are 19 and you felt a kick somewhere, you think when you come back it will all right. The best I count is (Wilshere will be out for) two months but it can also be more,” said Wenger.
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Swans impress Arsene.
When the old clock at the Emirates Stadium strikes three this afternoon Arsene Wenger will have the opportunity to not only mastermind his side’s first win of the Premier League season but also to pit his wits against a fellow manager for whom the Frenchman has the utmost respect for, as revealed by Wales Online.
Brendan Rodgers takes his Swansea side to North London to face the Gunners and whilst he has not celebrated either a Premier League success or even goal this season, Wenger has commended the Irishman’s employment an attractive style of passing play and for generally fighting the good fight in ensuring their accession to England’s top flight.
“I have a lot of respect for Brendan Rodgers as he plays in a positive way. Swansea are a time if you look at the numbers are one of the best four teams in terms of passing ability in the league,” said Wenger, before acknowledging Swansea’s meteoric rise through the English leagues. “What they have achieved is absolutely magical. Nobody gave them a chance at this same stage last year so what they have done since has been absolutely fantastic.”
Wenger admits ambition doubt.
The last few months have been among, if not the, toughest in Arsene Wenger’s 15-year reign as Arsenal manager and that is by the Frenchman’s own admission, according to the Guardian.
Reflecting on the host of unfavourable circumstances which overshadowed the club’s preparations for this season- most notably the unsettling transfer saga’s involving Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri – prompted Wenger to describe it as ‘the most disturbed’ he has experienced with Arsenal.
To compound losing the services of arguably his two most influential players of recent seasons, the ambiguity surrounding whether big names would be recruited to replace the departed Fabregas and Nasri left the remaining high profile members of Arsenal’s squad questioning the club’s ambition, Wenger admits.
“The big players at the club could be a little worried about our ambition because they see big players moving out and big players not coming in. There was maybe more uncertainty, from the players who were here about our potential and determination to strengthen the squad,” said Wenger, who is believe to be optimistic that his batch of transfer deadline day signings will ease any such persisting fears about Arsenal’s direction on the park.