There’s some good news on the Arsenal injury front as midfielder Jack Wilshere is back in training again after more than a year on the sidelines due to an ankle injury. Wilshere injured his ankle about 14 months ago during a pre-season match against the New York Red Bulls at the Emirates. He attempted to return to the squad a couple of times last season, but then suffered setbacks that kept him out of action.
Both Arsenal and England have missed the midfielder over the past year and if training goes well he’ll hopefully be back in the line-up for both teams some time in the near future. Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger isn’t counting his chickens before they hatch though and hasn’t put a timetable on his return to the squad for a game. He said he’s just glad that after 14 months that Wilshere is back on the training ground.
The manager added that they will just have to wait and see how things go and how well Wilshere responds to the training sessions. Other than that, Wenger stated they’ll just have to go day by day. There was more good news for the team when it was announced that Emmanuel Frimpong joined the first team for training as well. It was his first full day back on the pitch since he tore his anterior cruciate ligament while on loan at Wolverhampton last February.
It’s not clear how Wilshere will be used when he’s finally healthy since the team’s on a pretty good streak at the moment. It’s hard for fans to grade Wilshere as they haven’t seen him play for so long, but it’s almost certain that Wenger will pick his spots and ease him into the line-up. Once he’s fully fit and raring to go, Wenger will have some decisions to make.
In other Gunners news, Lukas Podolski said that when he agreed to join the club back in March, he thought Robin van Persie would still be with the team and that was one of the reasons he wanted to move to the Emirates. Of course, the Dutch striker strung things along until the last possible minute and didn’t leave for Manchester United until the day before the season kicked off.
Podolski, who was born in Poland, but plays for the German international team, said he would have preferred it if van Persie stayed as he’s world class and he would have liked to have played alongside him. Podolski’s lived up to his billing in a Gunners uniform so far and that doesn’t really come as much of a surprise to fans who have seen him play for Germany over the years. He puts in an honest effort game-in and game-out, and now has three goals on the season.
Podolski is looking forward to the team’s toughest test of the season so far when they travel up to Manchester to take on league champions City at Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Podolski said Arsenal’s style of football suits him and it’s actually quite easy to play with his teammates. He doesn’t want to get ahead of himself either though and said it’s far too early to start talking about silverware this season. The German forward said the club just has to focus on playing consistent football week-in and week-out and see where it takes them.
Other than Wilshere, Frimpong, and Tomas Rosicky, the rest of the first team seems to be pretty healthy at the moment. Polish international goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has an ankle problem and missed the 2-1 Champions League win in Montpellier on Wednesday. Even if he’s healthy though, Wenger might be tempted to stick with Italian keeper Vito Mannone between the woodwork as he’s done well for himself and the club every time he’s been called upon.