Liverpool boost as Arsenal talisman ruled out of Premier League opener
By Alex Taylor
Jack Wilshere will miss Arsenal’s opening game of the season against Liverpool through injury, it was confirmed on Wednesday.
The England midfielder was sidelined for Arsenal’s 3-1 pre-season friendly win over Chivas in the US after suffering a knee problem.
Wilshere has an extensive injury record starting back in 2009 when the 24-year-old suffered the first of many serious ankle injuries.
He had hoped to be fit for the Premier League clash against Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on Sunday but manager Arsene Wenger has revealed the midfielder will miss out.
“Jack is doing well, but he will be short for Sunday,” Wenger told the club’s official website. “He is back in training but will not be completely ready for Sunday.”
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Wilshere’s absence is a boost for Liverpool as they prepare to build upon their eyecatching 4-0 pre-season friendly win over Barcelona last Saturday.
The former Bolton loanee has been sidelined throughout his career for 890 days, missing out on 154 matches for the Gunners and now joins Per Mertesacker, Gabriel Paulista and Danny Welbeck on the sidelines.
He will now be hoping to recover quickly in time for the north Londoners’ first away game of the season against Leicester in 10 days time and go on to have a full, uninterrupted season at the Emirates.
In other Arsenal team news, Wenger has confirmed that defender Gabriel will be out for six to eight weeks.