The midfielder is set for yet another lengthy spell on the sidelines as the Gunners revealed on Tuesday afternoon that he was set to undergo surgery on his troublesome ankle and is expected to be out of action for the next three months.
The England international was initially expected to return to first-team action following the September international break as the injury sustained in pre-season had not been as bad as first feared, however, the latest diagnosis has revealed he needs to have an metal plate inserted in order to give him a chance of making a full recovery.
Speaking ahead of the team’s Champions League opener against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday night, Arteta believes Wilshere has the character to bounce back and fulfill his undoubted potential for the north London outfit.
“We know we cannot waste his talent because he has an amazing career ahead of him,” the Spaniard said.
“We are responsible for putting that into his head every day and to not allow him to fall down because, at some stage, that is the danger; that he does not believe in himself or his body and he needs to trust himself.”
“Jack unfortunately has had a lot of difficult moments, but he has shown a lot of character and enthusiasm. He needs to use it to prove he can get back,” Arteta added.
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Wilshere will miss upcoming London derbies against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, but if his recovery does run smoothly then he could return to action against Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on December 19.