Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the decision to rest Jack Wilshere against Fulham was merely precautionary following a hectic start to the season.
The midfielder played 90 minutes against Aston Villa and Fenerbahce inside five days and having already played a half for England against Scotland was showing a visible drop in his statistical performance.
Having had his fingers burnt fielding Wilshere too frequently after previous injuries (and now well aware that the 21-year-old’s youthful exuberance sees him fib to the medical team about his condition), the boss remarked:
“It is difficult because you don’t know how the body responds and when a player plays a good game he wants to continue.
“We have a good communication between him and the medical department. He played 45 minutes for England after two 90-minute [games].
“He had not played 90 since February. The numbers suggested he needed a breather.”
Given Arsenal merely need to close out tomorrow’s second-leg against Fenerbahce, Arseblog News would be surprised if Wilshere starts the game. Wenger has stated already that he’ll make very few changes from the Fulham game suggesting the likes of Ramsey, Rosicky and Cazorla may get more minutes.
Given the Spaniard’s lack of a pre-season and the Czech’s injury record they too need to be kept in check ahead of the North London derby so expect second-half substitutions if the game seems to be going to plan.9,932 views