Jack Wilshere has had a mixed season, but just as it looks like he was finding his best form , he has been struck down by injury once again.
His first-half display against West Brom recently was woeful, in fact one of the worst performances I have ever seen not just from him personally but in general.
He bagged a goal in the second half of that game which really was a bolt from the blue as juxtaposition to his awful first 45 minutes.
He then went on to look truly fantastic against Norwich City and he seemed to be on his way back from his erratic early season form.
But coming into arguably their biggest game of the season against Liverpool on Saturday evening, he has found himself sitting at home once again.
Wilshere has taken a knock to his ankle, the same right ankle in which he has had multiple surgery in the past injury ravaged two years of his career - and therefore he was not included in the match-day squad with Chuba Akpom a late replacement.
It is a massive blow to Arsenal for this evening’s tie, with Serge Gnabry also failing to recover in time from an ankle issue and Mathieu Flamini out with a groin strain.
Now the questions must begin to be asked, can he recover in time for the game with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.
Flamini is out, so it is another central midfielder who could miss the game in Germany - a real concern for Wenger ahead of one of the biggest games they will have this season.
The ray of light, well Wilshere suffered what he described as a jarred ankle against Borussia Dortmund in the previous Champions League match between the two sides.
So Arsenal fans will hope it is a similar problem, and not anything more sinister, as they are now running low on options for the Champions League tie on Wednesday night.
Here’s hoping …
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