On the face of it, the latest injury news revealed by Arsene Wenger today on the official Arsenal website is pretty positive stuff and must be a huge relief to Jack Wilshere in particular. The midfielder’s return date from the hairline fracture of the fibula he picked up in training over a week ago should be much sooner than we were led to believe.
It was as if this was waiting to happen. The crocked ankle of Jack Wilshere continues to dog his career. The latest injury setback puts his plans for the new season in disarray.
The England international was hopeful of an injury-free season. But, he suffered an ankle injury during training just before the season opener at Wembley – the Community Shield. His persistent troubles with his ankle would mean that Wilshere is now set to miss the first three weeks of the new season.
Calum Chambers arrived at Arsenal from Southampton last summer and was immediately thrown in at the deep end due to our massive list of defensive injuries. Most fans were very happy with his early performances, but as our injured players returned and Hector Bellerin made the right-back spot his own, Chambers has returned to his backstage role although he has been promoted to Roy Hodgson’s England side, making three appearances so far.
The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere scored his first England goal in style and followed it up with another screamer to help maintain Englands 100% record in the Euro2016 Qualifiers, and he hopes that this will be the start of his proper career in the national team, like some of his previous heroes…
Perhaps this particular bit of Arsenal news may be something to do with the reports yesterday that the Gunners would not be completing the transfer of the Colombian international star Jackson Martinez from Porto after all, despite a growing number of Arsenal transfer rumours claiming that he was the top of Arsene Wenger’s wish list.
This battle between two of our current Arsenal players could have much wider repercussions. First of all, however, both Carl Jenkinson and Calum Chambers will be hoping that the England under 21 coach Gareth Southgate puts them in his starting line up tonight.
The first thing that Arsenal need to do to give Theo Walcott any chance of having the sort of effect for Arsenal and England that Cristiano Ronaldo has for Real Madrid and Portugal, is to keep him at the club. Reading between the lines of what Theo has been saying since helping the Gunners to lift the FA cup trophy though, I expect him to sign a contract extension before too long.
At the grand old age of 26, Theo Walcott feels it is time to kick on in his career for Arsenal and England. He feels like he is playing well most of the time, but wants to more like Ronaldo by being more consistent and influencing every single game. “If I want to be known as one of the great players, I need to perform for England and Arsenal on a consistent basis.” he said.