A couple of reports have emerged this morning that Jack Wilshere’s exploits for England against Chile and Germany have left the Arsenal man nursing another knock to his banjaxed ankle although the player has retorted via Twitter saying he’s not worried about his fitness.
While details are thin on the ground, the Mirror and Daily Mail both claim Arsene is none too pleased about the situation and could be forced to rest the midfielder for Saturday’s game with high-flying Southampton.
Talking to the media after Friday’s defeat to the Germans, Wilshere didn’t mention the problem (perhaps because there isn’t one?) choosing instead to focus on the battle he faces to prove he’s worthy of a place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad.
“I’m definitely not nailed on for the squad. You have seen over the last couple of months the talent there is, even in the under-21s. With Ravel Morrison and all these players coming through, you are never guaranteed [to go] and cannot rest on your laurels.
“You are only as good as your last game, they say, so when the time comes, I have to be on top form, and there will be a lot of players looking to be as well.
“There are some big games coming up for the club at the moment, so I am just concentrating on that. That is where you are going to get into the England World Cup squad – by playing well for your club, then you are going to get picked for your country.”
In truth, assuming he’s fit Wilshere is a no-brainer for the jaunt to Brazil…his bigger problem in the short-term is the competition he faces at the Emirates.
Injured or not you’d imagine Wenger could be tempted to rest his young charge this Saturday especially as Ozil only played 30 minutes for Germany, while Rosicky, Arteta and Ramsey have all spent the last couple of weeks twiddling their thumbs. The one mitigating circumstance is the absence of Mathieu Flamini who is suspended for one game having picked up his fifth booking of the season at Old Trafford.