Any guesses on what’s the top word any Arsenal supporter would associate with Jack Wilshere? Some may say potential, some may say wizard but many would say injury. For someone who’s long been touted as the midfielder to hold his own for many years, Wilshere has spent more time off the pitch than on the pitch.
Just like with his lack of appearances in the starting line up for Arsenal since he finally recovered from a long and frustrating spell on the side lines with injury, Theo Walcott must be scrathing his head right now and wondering what he needs to do to force his way into the England team.
When the injury induced absence of Danny Welbeck was announced by Arsenal, the most notable sigh must have come from Roy Hodgson. The England international team manager rates the forward very high and believes he is a vital element of his attack.
With the club football taking a break this weekend, the whole concentration is on the Arsenal stars doing their national duty. Theo Walcott enjoyed a productive outing for England against San Marino. After a noteworthy game, the Gunners star was gushing on the prospects of the ‘Three Lions’.
It is difficult to get excited about a 6-0 win over the European minnows San Marino, who have a population of just 31,000 and occupates just 23 square miles of territory inside Italy. But this victory means that England have now won all seven of their qualifying games and have every chance of reaching the Euro Finals in France next summer with a 100% record.
England simply needed to beat the minnows of San Marino to ensure qualification for the Euros next summer, but they would also have been keen to make it 8 wins out of 8 in the Qualifying Group Stages ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Switzerland at Wembley on Tuesday.
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.