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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wenger concedes Wilshere blow

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted his side have suffered a big loss with the news their star midfielder Jack Wilshere is set for a five month absence with an ankle injury.

The England international underwent an operation on the fracture in his right ankle on Monday and has now begun his rehabilitation, which won’t see the 19-year-old play until next year with a possible return in February if all goes well. Fans of football betting will hope he is able to fully recover.

With the loss of midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in the summer transfer window, the Gunners now find themselves thin on the ground in the middle of the park.

Wenger was able to sign Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun before the end of August and the pair will be invaluable to the north London outfit in the absence of Wilshere, who even at a young age has become a key player for the Gunners.

The promising midfielder, who gained some decent experience on his loan move to Bolton Wanderers before breaking into the Arsenal first-team, dictated the tempo of games he featured in and Wenger has admitted he is limited for options without the youngster. Those following the football odds will know this could be problematic.

He said: "It makes us a bit shorter in midfield and it puts more pressure on our midfielders to perform week in week out because there is less room for rotation.
"But every club can be tested on that front so it shouldn't be any excuse at all. He can come back strongly and help us finish the season well."

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