After a torrid couple of days Arsene Wenger will be relieved to hear that Jack Wilshere is making excellent progress in his rehabilitation and the medical staff have penciled him in to play against Blackburn in less than three weeks time.
It’s just the kind of boost the club needs after Sunday’s calamitous performance and The Daily Mail think the young midfielder will be back in training by the end of the month.
Indeed the next few weeks should see a number of injured players hop off the treatment table. Sagna and Vermaelen are looking good to feature against Manchester United on Sunday while Gibbs is expected back by the end of January. Mikel Arteta, who injured himself in training on Friday and missed the Swansea match, should also be back to face Fergie’s mob.
I expect Wilshere will be on the bench against Blackburn, but for the following match at Sunderland on February 11th we should be able to field the following side:
Sagna — Mertesacker — Vermaelen — Gibbs
Song — Arteta — Wilshere
Henry — van Persie — Walcott
Now doesn’t that line-up look more encouraging than the one which performed so poorly at Swansea? I’m speculating that Henry would be fit enough to start by then. If not and the Ivory Coast have been knocked out of the African Cup of Nations before the semi finals, we could even have Gervinho back.
I’ve also put Mertesacker ahead of Koscielny but it could easily be the other way round. Wenger bought the German to be Vermaelen’s partner though and I think he’s going to give him a few more months to find his best form.
It’s going to be an uphill battle to finish in the top four, but if we can put the above side out on a regular basis then at least we’ll have a chance.
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