Facing the press before Arsenal’s game against Sunderland, Arsène Wenger admitted he doesn’t know if Jack Wilshere will be ready for Sunday’s game, which definitely comes too soon for Santi Cazorla.
Wilshere hasn’t featured for the Arsenal first team since pre-season but is closing in on his return. The next few weeks will be crucial as the England international wants to prove to manager Roy Hodgson that he is fit enough to head to Euro 2016.
Despite three starts for Arsenal u21s, Wenger is reluctant to throw Wilshere in after such a long recovery.
“I cannot plan that. At the moment, I do not know if I will take him on Sunday or not,” the boss said on Thursday evening after watching his side win 2-0 against West Brom. “Should I take him, you cannot plan that he will play a part in the game.”
Maybe the training sessions on Friday and Saturday will give Wilshere the chance to make Wenger’s decision for him.
In other team news, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are still not ready to return. Cazorla hasn’t featured since November and has said how desperate he is to play again but one week of training and no match practice means he’ll sit Sunday out.
Both Cazorla and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be worried about their chances of making their respective Euro 2016 squads if they fail to feature in the closing stages of the season.
No update was provided on Tomas Rosicky who, like Wilshere, has played for the u21s recently and will hope to represent his country this summer.