Arsenal have finally revealed some good news regarding Jack Wilshere’s ankle injury this week that is likely to please Gooners up and down the country.
No, he hasn’t miraculously recovered and will still have minor surgery on the problem this summer but, because of this, the midfielder will be unavailable for England friendly duty when the national side meet up for two irrelevant matches!
Granted, many Arsenal fans over at Betting.betfair would love to see Wilshere in an England shirt commanding the midfield as he so often does, but for the good of the player it is best he sits out of these meaningless friendlies.
The 21-year-old has carried this fresh ankle knock for a while now and what he needs more than any player on this Arsenal team is a long rest this summer. It is less than a year since he returned from a career-threatening injury brought upon by too much football outside his club obligations and what he doesn’t need is another scare this summer.
Had Wilshere been selected for Roy Hodgson’s squad for friendlies with Republic of Ireland and Brazil, we would have all watched the games in nervous apprehension our midfield star was about to break down on the field.
No, keeping Wilshere away from England duty – even if it is to have surgery – is a real boost for both the player and Arsenal heading into the new campaign.
Boss Arsene Wenger admitted before the Wigan match on Tuesday Wilshere has been playing with painkillers for the past few weeks to aid their battle for Champions League qualification and Arsenal cannot afford to have him in this state of fitness come August.
The Gunners are facing a difficult summer ahead where Wenger’s transfer moves will be closely scrutinised and one thing he doesn’t need is the problem of finding a replacement midfielder early on in the season and therefore we should be delighted Wilshere isn’t in the England set-up.