Arsenal boss Wenger has confirmed that Jack Wilshere will sit out the home game against Anderlecht after falling ill.
Jack Wilshere is unavailable for the clash against Anderlecht as the midfielder, who is nursing a knee injury, has fallen ill. Wilshere hasn’t played a single game after Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Anderlecht in the reverse fixture in Belgium 12 days ago.
Arsene Wenger expects Jack Wilshere to recover in time for Arsenal’s trip to Swansea on Sunday. Aaron Ramsey was ill last week and Wenger is hoping the sickness bug does not hit any other player. When whether it is a bug , Wenger said: “Apparently yes. We had nobody else sick. Ramsey last week, and Wilshere as well.
“He (Wilshere) has been sick and will not be involved tomorrow. Everybody else… the squad is exactly the same who played against Burnley.”
Theo Walcott is unlikely to start the game as Wenger claimed he hasn’t decided about it yet and has chosen to opt for a similar team to the one which beat Burnley.
Arsene Wenger also spoke about Alexis Sanchez, who has now scored 10 goals for Arsenal so far this season. “He’s been here long enough for us to adapt to him and him to adapt to us and now he is showing his individual quality.” he said “He is a fighter.”
Mikel Arteta was also present alongside the club manager and praised Alexis Sanchez for adapting to the Premier League very well. “The way he has adapted to the Premier League is impressive.” said Arteta “The way he is contributing to the team and the spirit of the group is very important.”
Wenger believes Anderlecht gave Arsenal a tough game in Belgium and the Gunners will need to show quality if they are to beat the Belgian side on Tuesday. He said, “They gave us a tough game. We need to show our quality in this game. We need to show that we are capable of keeping focus. We need to show that we are capable of keeping focus.”
Arteta claimed that the team knows they have to be consistent and the skipper believe Arsenal have found the right balance after suffering from numerous injury setbacks. “We know that we have to be very consistent. I think we have found the balance. We had a lot of players injured and it made it hard to put out our best team.”
If Arsenal are to win the game against Anderlecht, they will straight away progress to the knockout stage. Wenger wants to take the opportunity and is keen to wrap up qualification as quickly as possible. He said, “Qualifying depends on the other result, but we play at home and we have an opportunity to win the game. We want to take that opportunity. We are on a good run and we want to take advantage of that.”