Arsenal Boss Pretends that the Return of Two Injury Prone Players Is Like Making Two New Signings

Emirates Stadium boss tries to make light of a worrying situation.

Jack Wilshere will not make Arsenal return ‘until October’

Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere will not play for Arsenal before October.

The 20-year-old England midfielder missed the whole of the 2011-12 campaign with an ankle problem, and had minor knee surgery in May.

“Hopefully, we will get Wilshere back playing for October,” said Wenger, before Arsenal’s final match of their Asia tour in Hong Kong.
“With Abou Diaby returning, it will be like signing two new players. The squad will be strong and competitive.”


Arsenal fans will take Arsene Wenger’s statement with both a pinch of salt and a fair amount of head shaking. You see Gunners fans would probably be far more happy if the North London club did in fact two new players and not just pretend that the possible return from injury of a duo acts as the signing of ‘actual’ new players.

The logic that Wenger uses is flawed of course. Jack Wilshere’s return has been put back a number of times and there is no guarantee that the October date is a definitive one and indeed no promise that the young England man will return at the same level he was at prior to his long running ankle problems.

Also the idea that the return of Abou Diaby could be considered akin to signing a new player is equally optimistic. The French midfielder has consistent flattered to deceive and even when fully fit it’s arguable that he offers all that much to Arsenal so his return from injury is more like the signing of an average player and therefore not all that much to right home about.

Arsenal fans would presumably want to see more additions made to the Emirates Stadium squad over the next few weeks but statements such as these could well lead some more pessimistic supporters believing that to be unlikely.

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