Arsene Wenger has revealed that the reason he did not play Jack Wilshere when Arsenal travelled to Aston Villa on Saturday was that the young midfielder had a small problem with his ankle. It is nothing to worry about, apparently, and the rest should have given him time to recover.
With a massive away trip to Everton this week, the Gunners need all their best players, so hopefully Jack will be raring to go at Goodison Park. Wenger says that he is generally pleased with the way Wilshere has come back without any injury problems after 17 months on the sidelines, but thought that he needed a rest as a precaution.
“First, it’s a relief that he’s had no setback (since returning to action). He had a little bit of inflammation of scar tissue (in the ankle) but it’s nothing. It’s very minor.
“The rest (against Villa) will help him get rid of it. Apart from that, he has done very well.
“He’s not played for 17 months, people forget what that means, it’s massive. I’m very happy with the way he progresses.”
Arsenal fans know how important Wilshere is to the team and will be glad that Wenger is looking after him but will also wonder why he was on the bench if he was being rested. If Wenger thought he was fit enough to play should he be needed, then why did he not bring him on when the midfield was struggling to create against Villa?
I hope he starts against Everton on Wednesday, because the point on Saturday made the gap to the league leaders wider and we cannot afford to drop anymore. With Everton on a bad run themselves and Fellaini out of the team, Arsenal have a great opportunity to overtake them in the Premier league table. We know it will be a hard game, but the class of Wilshere could be crucial in making the difference.