Saturday 20 January 2018

Gunners hit by another Wilshere injury blow

It will be the seventh surgical procedure Jack Wilshere has undergone
It will be the seventh surgical procedure Jack Wilshere has undergone

Jamie Holland

It was somehow apt that the start of Arsenal's latest attempt to fulfil their Champions League potential was overshadowed by a new injury setback.

Jack Wilshere will be sidelined for three months after suffering a hairline crack in his left fibula which requires an operation to insert a small metal plate.

It will be the seventh surgical procedure the 23-year-old has undergone, the 16th injury he has suffered to his body from the knees down and it will mean the total time spent on the sidelines convalescing is racing towards three years.

Captain Mikel Arteta, no stranger to long-term injury, believes every player at the club has an obligation to ensure Wilshere stays positive.


"Jack has an enormous talent and he can still have an amazing career ahead of him.

"We are responsible for putting that into his head every day and do not allow him to fall down, because at some stage that is the danger."

Arsenal begin their 18th consecutive group stage campaign looking ultimately to break the cycle of five consecutive defeats in the first knockout round, but first they must get out of their group.

Dynamo, winners of the Croatian League for the last 10 seasons, went through last season's domestic campaign unbeaten.

Yet they had to negotiate three Champions League qualifying rounds to reach this point and they have not won a game in the competition proper in 15 matches dating back to 1999.

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