Arsenal's injury worries are mounting after a sorry night against Borussia Dortmund, with Jack Wilshere the latest to be facing a spell on the sidelines - although the midfielder believes he won't be out for too long.
The Gunners were dominated on their way to a 2-0 defeat against Dortmund in the Signal Iduna Park last evening as they got their Champions League campaign off to the worst possible start.
They went into the game with a lengthy injury list that left them without Nacho Monreal, Calum Chambers, Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy, Mathieu Flamini and Yaya Sanogo, and now Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has another injury headache after Wilshere went down clutching his ankle last evening.
It is not thought that the injury is serious, but it could put his participation in Arsenal's next game against Aston Villa. His history of injuries forced Wenger to admit that he is likely to be cautious when it comes to risking him at the weekend.
“Wilshere has turned his ankle – it’s difficult to say how bad it is,” Wenger said after last night. “I’m a bit cautious because of his history. Normally it’s not too bad. They were very strong in midfield, stronger than us. On the night it is difficult to go into individual assessment of any player because as a team we were not at the required level. They had a higher level of energy than us.”
The Mirror claim that Wilshere himself believes the injury isn't too serious and that although he is likely to miss the Villa game, could be back before too long.
Wilshere's injury is just the latest worry for Wenger after a difficult start to the new season, but he should be boosted by the return of some key players for the Villa game
Flamini had a leg injury which kept him out the Dortmund game but he should be in contention to play at Villa Park, while Monreal is back in contention which means youngster Hector Bellerin may be relieved of his duties after stepping in last night. Chambers is suffering with tonsillitis and may be back for the weekend.
Wenger was also criticised for leaving it late to sign a striker in the summer. Danny Welbeck signed on the dotted line on deadline day in a £16 million move, but spurned two chances to get off the mark for his new team. Having also missed a golden chance to open his account against Manchester City the pressure is on the former Manchester United man, but Wenger insists he needs time to settle in.
"Danny will improve - we don't have to make a problem of that," said the Arsenal boss. "He had a very lively first half. He had two or three good chances but couldn't finish them. There was one obvious one. We have to be patient with him."