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Jack Wilshere 50/50 for Arsenal v Southampton clash

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere faces a fitness battle for Arsenal's match with Southampton at the weekend.

Arsenal host a first versus third clash in the Premier League this weekend with Southampton but could be without midfielder Jack Wilshere.

The 21-year-old is 50/50 to make the game after picking up another ankle injury against Germany.

The Mirror report: "(Wilshere) will need to be assessed before Saturday's top of the table clash with Southampton... (he is) hoping to be fit to be in the squad."

Naturally it is a blow for Arsenal, but not one they are unaccustomed to dealing with.

A previous ankle injury meant Wilshere missed Arsenal's wins over Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool, and played just 30 minutes from the substitute's bench against Manchester United.

Aaron Ramsey has shaken off a slight hamstring concern with Wales and is said to be ready to go, while Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini have not been on international duty and are fully rested up.

Mesut Ozil was also handed a rest in midweek while Theo Walcott is also braced to return after more than six weeks out of action.

There could be freshness concerns over Santi Cazorla who flew to South Africa with Spain in midweek but his condition will also be assessed by Arsene Wenger ahead of the match-up.

It looks like Arsenal have enough options not to be overly concerned about Wilshere's possible absence, although the repeated injuries are becoming more than a constant irritation for fans and player alike.

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