All the latest news and gossip from The Emirates this evening.
There is no doubt what the biggest story coming out of Arsenal FC is this Thursday - the news that Jack Wilshere will be out of action for six weeks.
Wilshere suffered a break in his left foot after 50-50 challenge with Liverpool star Daniel Agger during the international friendly between England and Denmark last night.
It was originally reported as just a bruise - but Wilshere now faces the very real possibility of playing just three more games this season.
Despite picking up the injury in the 11th minute Wilshere played on into the second half - a decision which seems to be angering many an Arsenal fan.
Lukas Podolski has become the first Arsenal player to send him a get well soon message via Twitter:
The Czech Republic midfielder has been in great form this term - and the Belgian club captain has been talking highly of his influence on the team:
“I know him now for a long time, I like him a lot and I’m very happy that he has signed a new contract. For me, you talk about big players who come to the club like Ozil or Santi and they are technically incredible players. But for me, Rosicky is technically almost perfect.”
Nicklas Bendtner confirmed this week that he will be leaving Arsenal on a free transfer in the summer - but he still wants to play a role in the end of season proceedings.
He spoke to media after the England friendly last night - the Dane stating:
"Well, I am trying to keep myself as fit and sharp as possible. It is difficult when you only train, but I hope to play more obviously.”
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has been full of praise for Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez today - after facing off with the Barcelona forward in an international friendly for Germany last night.
The Arsenal centre-back stated:
"You cannot catch him - it's unbelievable how quick and how good with his feet he is. If you get one against one with him, it's nearly impossible. That was a really tough game for everyone today, especially in the first half. It was intense from the first minute and Chile played well over the 90 minutes. I think they are the toughest opponent we have played so far.”
Germany won the game 1-0 through a Mario Gotze goal - from a Mesut Ozil assist.
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