According to the Evening Standard, Jack Wilshere will start the season with Arsenal’s under-23s as he steps up his recovery from the fractured leg he suffered at the tail end of last season while on loan at Bournemouth.
Arsene Wenger admitted earlier in the week that he’s still not sure what the future holds for the England international as the 25-year-old enters the final 11 months of his current deal.
The first step to ‘coming back to competition in a consistent way’ appears to be competitive with the Academy youngsters who are due to play Derby at St George’s Park on Monday and Manchester City at the Emirates on 21 August.
Wilshere was left out of Arsenal’s squad for the pre-season tour of Sydney, Beijing and Shanghai and didn’t feature in the Emirates Cup. Gunners fans did get a glimpse of him at the recent open training session, where he apparently looked sharp on the ball.
Jack isn’t the only midfielder set to miss the start of the Premier League season. Santi Cazorla remains sidelined with a long-term achilles problem, Francis Coquelin is nursing ankle ligament damage, while Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey both have knocks that kept them out of Sunday’s Community Shield victory over Chelsea.
That leaves Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny, Alex Iwobi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as options in the centre of the park when Leicester visit tomorrow evening.Update –