Speaking in his post-match interviews after Arsenal’s loss to Wigan at home Arsène Wenger has spoken about Mikel Arteta’s injury and Jack Wilshere’s recovery from ankle surgery/continuous injury setbacks.
Arteta was forced off just 9 minutes into last night’s defeat, and at the time I was particularly worried because we need our midfield maestro to be fit to face Chelsea on Saturday. However, Wenger has since confirmed the worst; Arteta’s injury is looking serious. Not only will he not feature against Chelsea, but the chances are that he will miss all the remaining games of the season:
“It is an ankle problem. It looks quite a serious one. We have to scan it tomorrow, it is too early to say tonight. But it doesn’t look a little ankle sprain. It is a serious one.”
The Premier League season finishes in 3 and a half weeks time, so the chances of Mikel Arteta featuring in any of the closing games of the 2011/12 season are very low. This means that he misses home games against Chelsea and Norwich, and away trips to Stoke and West Brom. Not only are we missing Arteta himself, but also the way in which his presence influences the behaviour of other players. For example, Alex Song has been able to play an increasingly creative role this season because Arteta plays a slightly deeper than some of our other central midfielders (i.e Ramsey or Rosicky).
As if the news about Arteta was not bad enough, Wenger has delivered a double whammy. Jack Wilshere has also been ruled out of the remaining fixtures of the season and subsequently will not feature for England at the Euro’s or for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.
“Jack Wilshere will not play again this season and will not go to the European Championships. That is for sure,” Wenger said after the defeat to Wigan on Monday.
“He is not ready to practice today or next week. His ankle is fine and he makes progress, but it is slow progress. We had a chat about that this week. His progress is not quick enough to go to the Euros.
“Jack is devastated. What kept him going was that he felt, even if he could not play with us, he had a good chance of going to Euro 2012. That is over now. But Jack is mentally strong and he is already working hard ahead of next season.
“The Olympics would be the worst idea for him. When a guy has not played for year, he needs a good and slow preparation to start the season. Once he is fit he can think about the national team.
“It is not that I don’t want him to go to the Olympics. It is just that he has other priorities than that.”
Below I have included some tweets from Wilshere in response to the news given to us by Wenger. I have photoshopped them to make one larger image for your convenience as Twitter limits “tweets” to only 140 characters. Speaking of Twitter, if you would kindly follow Straight Talking Gooners that would be much appreciated. Alternatively, feel free to “like” us on Facebook.
Arteta had an injury scan today so more news will be available tomorrow. As for Wilshere, there is not much more information that I can or need to give (see the numerous posts that I have done over the season about his injury problems…).