Arsenal have been handed a massive boost as news filtered in that influential Midfielder, Jack Wilshere has resumed light training and may well play for Arsenal against Monaco in February. Wilshere who has been sidelined since November 2014 after a crunching tackle by Manchester United’s Paddy McNair in the Gunners’ 1-2 loss to the Red Devils, saw a recurrence of his niggling ankle problem.
As Wilshere lay in a heap on the Emirates turf that warm November evening, his manager may have been forgiven for tossing a few expletives in the direction of fate, McNair and rotten luck that had struck again, an inevitable sense of dejavu and a disquieting dose of fait accompli may have draped over the manager as Wilshere limped towards the touchline under the care of the team physiotherapist.
He must have cursed his team’s rotten luck which often struck at crucial points of the season knowing that if every one of his playing personnel could stay fit, his team would definitely be challenging for honours on multiple fronts this season.
And for the midfielder, it must have felt frustrating getting injured again after stringing together a good run of form despite starting the season with the ignominy of being caught smoking with the attendant furore as well as some colorless displays for the Gunners.
One can argue strongly that the Gunners are sorely missing his tenacity and mazy runs which opens up pockets of spaces for the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud and the brilliant Alexis Sanchez to run into and score. The midfielder was expected to be sidelined until the end of March after undergoing surgery.
But he has made a far quicker recovery than expected. For the team’s beleaguered manager, Arsene Wenger, that should register as good news in an otherwise difficult season so far. If it goes accordingly, then he is expected to be back by mid-February and could feature in the team’s UEFA Champions League round-of-16 clash as well as some important games during the business end of the season.