Arsenal latest: Benik Afobe’s assurance to Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Flamini’s praise for Yaya Sanogo and more

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Benik Afobe on Jack Wilshere

Arsenal striker Benik Afobe has assured Jack Wilshere that he will do all he can to help him recover from his injury.

England international midfielder Wilshere has been ruled out for up to three months with a left ankle problem he picked up against Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday.

“I probably see Jack about twice a week,” Afobe told Arsenal’s official website. “He lives two minutes away from me back home and I’m always there. We are best friends so I see him a lot and I always watch every single Arsenal game.

“Jack’s injured at the moment and I’m really disappointed and gutted for him because he’s found form and he’s been playing well for England and Arsenal. I just wish him a speedy recovery.

“That’s what friends are for. It’s not just about when you’re doing well, having dinner or spending time together - you’ve got to talk about the reality, the injuries and how you’re going to come back from them.

“I’ll help him by trying to keep his head right and hopefully he’ll come back a better and stronger player.”

Mathieu Flamini on Yaya Sanogo

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has hailed Yaya Sanogo for scoring his first competitive goal for the club on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old striker found the net in the early minutes of the GunnersChampions League clash against Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium.

“For a striker it is always very important to score,” Flamini told Arsenal’s official website. “He had a great game and even if he hasn’t had the chance to play every match, every time he has been on the pitch he has given 100 per cent.

“I’m very happy for him because he has been working very hard since the beginning of the season and it is great for him.”

Per Mertesacker eyes wining run

Per Mertesacker featured in Arsenal’s 2-0 home win against Dortmund and has urged his teammates to build on that in the Premier League this weekend.

“We were very convincing [against Dortmund],” Arsenal’s official website quotes the German centre-back as saying. “We have to show character and that is what makes me really happy for the next few games, because we have to sharpen up in the Premier League as well.

“Saturday is a good chance to show everyone that we are still alive. We have secured Champions League [last-16] football and that gives us a life, but that has nothing to do with the Premier League.”

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