It looks like there is a good chance that Arsenal will have our Wales international midfielder Aaron Ramsey back quite soon, perhaps even as soon as the Premier League match at home to Everton on March 1st. But with the way his injury problems have recurred already this season, I am sure that Arsene Wenger will be very cautios with him.
So we cannot rely on Ramsey being able to feature in key games like the Champions League game away to Monaco or the FA cup clash away to Manchester United. We are also entering a period with a busy schedule of fixtures, so Arsene Wenger will want to have as many first team players available as possible and that means that he needs to get Jack Wilshere back in action as soon as possible.
That is why I was surprised that our England international was not even on the bench for the win over Middlesborough in the FA cup. As an Arsenal.com report revealed, the manager said he was tempted but resisted because Jack is not quite ready. But he also said that the player needs game time to get him ready so a sub appearance would have done him the world of good.
With Arteta and Oxlade-Chamberlain also out, the Gunners are not too far from a central midfield crisis. We have Tomas Rosicky who at the minute is our best option in my opinion. But the 34-year old Czech Republic star cannot play two games a week at the top level so for now I think we need to save him for the most important ones. That means Monaco in the Champions League next Wednesday.
And that means starting Jack against Crystal Palace at the weekend, even if he does not last the full 90 minutes. It may be a risk but I think it is one that the boss has to take. Do you agree?