Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere Not Facing Long Lay-Off

Emirates Stadium midfielder will not be sidelined for long.

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere’s injury which forced him off in the second-half of Arsenal’s 1-0 Premier League victory at Sunderland is not serious and will only keep him out for a matter of days.

Wilshere was withdrawn early in the second period with his third heavily strapped with manager Arsene Wenger unhappy with some of the treatment dished out to the young midfielder by Sunderland.

The injury came on the back of Wilshere playing the entire game for England in the friendly victory over Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday – something that al so angered Wenger who understood his star would not play all 90 minutes.

But Wilshere’s injury will not put him on the sidelines for a significant time with Wenger believing he would miss training for “four or five days”. He could, however, be a doubt for next Saturday’s FA Cup fifth round clash with Blackburn Rovers at the Emirates Stadium.

Speaking after the victory at Sunderland, Wenger said: “I was a bit frustrated because I thought many times, Jack didn’t get the free-kick he deserved.

“The referee let two or three things go that I thought were fouls on Jack. I just want the referee to give a foul when it’s a foul. I don’t want any special protection. The referee is not a bodyguard, he is just a referee and you want him just to give a foul when it’s a foul.”

Wenger had already suffered an injury blow in the warm-up when Laurent Koscielny suffered a recurrence of a calf problem and missed the game. Carl Jenkinson, his replacement, was sent-off for two bookable offences at the Stadium of Light and will now be suspended for the visit of Blackburn.

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