Arsenal were dealt a big blow yesterday after it was revealed that Jack Wilshere would be ruled out of action for three months after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury.
Wilshere, who has had several problems with his ankle joints in the past, is set to be out until around the start of March with the problem - suffered after a crunching challenge from Manchester United youngster Paddy McNair.
In his relatively short career at Arsenal Wilshere has suffered many injuries, leading to some calling him 'brittle' and as having 'chocolate ankles'.
But Arsene Wenger has made it clear that nobody would have come out of the McNair challenge unscathed.
He has already criticised the talented but young United man's tackle this week, but has now done so again in his Friday press conference.
He said of the tackle and subsequent injury to one of Arsenal's most in form players:
"We knew he would have surgery. He's focused to come back and finish the season well.
"His injury is a consequence of a very bad tackle that was not malicious.
"He deals very well with tackles and kicks but nobody would've dealt with that tackle."
Wenger was again quick to make it clear he has no qualms with the intent of the tackle from McNair, simply the execution of his sliding tackle was wrong.
McNair however deserves a defence. His tackle was hard but eyes were always on the ball. He, just as Wilshere was, was unfortunate that he clattered into the ankle of the midfielder.
Wenger's comments once again were perhaps unnecessarily inflammatory and McNair should not lose any of that edge he has to his game.