Saturday, 7 January 2017

'I COULD USE HIM NOW' - WENGER SAYS ARSENAL MISS WILSHERE IN WAKE OF INJURY PROBLEMS AS ARSENAL FACES PRESTON

The Gunners are short of midfield options
but the Frenchman insists it was the right
decision to send the 25-year-old out on
loan to Bournemouth
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he
could utilize loanee Jack Wilshere in his
injury-hit team right now.
Wilshere was sent out on a season-long
loan to Bournemouth in August in a bid to
earn conventional first-team football, with the
midfielder impressing for the ninth-placed
Cherries this season.
Wenger, meanwhile, is without Mohamed
Elneny due to his participation in the Africa
Cup of Nations with Egypt, while Francis
Coquelin recently joined Santi Cazorla on
the sidelines after picking up a hamstring
quandary in Arsenal's 3-3 draw with
Bournemouth on Tuesday.
Asked if he could have use Wilshere now,
the Frenchman said: "Yes, I could use him
now."
However, Wenger reiterates it was the right
decision to send Wilshere out on loan at
the time.
He continued: "But if he (Wilshere) had not
played until now, he would not be ready to
play now. What looks unfair is that at some
moment in the season you know you could
need the player.
"But even at the start of the season you
need to have the right balance between
competition and numbers and chances for
the player to play.
"And still today I think it was the right
decision for him to go to Bournemouth."
"In the Premier League, I think no. It's
season-long loans in the Premier League,"
he added.
Arsenal are away at Preston North End in
the FA Cup Today.

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