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Jack Wilshere hands Arsenal massive injury boost

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has finally been handed some good news on the the injury front, with Jack Wilshere only sustaining minor ankle damage and in with a small chance of being fit to face against Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Wilshere twisted his ankle against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday in what initially looked like a very nasty injury, but the England international got up to play on and made it through to the 63rd minutes before being replaced by Alexis Sanchez.

Arsenal had already lost Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey before Wilshere picked up that problem and will definitely be without the pair for next Sunday's Stamford Bridge showdown with Chelsea, but The Mirror believe Wilshere will hand Wenger a massive boost and be fit for that crunch capital clash.

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Trio assessed with mixed results

Arsenal medical staff carried extensive checks on their stricken midfield trio earlier today and got a mixed response. Ramsey and Arteta are facing at minimum a week out with calf and hamstring problems respectively, with the Welshman in particular a huge concern for Wenger.

Wilshere is a familiar face in the treatment room at London Colney but got a positive diagnosis after the Spurs match, even in with an outside chance of making the squad for Wednesday's must-win game in Europe.

More realistically the midfield maestro will be saved with Sunday's daunting trip to Premier League leaders Chelsea in mind, as Wenger frantically bids to sort out an area of his team best by consistent injury problems.

Can Flamini fill the void?

Wenger used Mathieu Flamini and Santi Cazorla from the bench against Spurs and will likely need both from the start for the Galatasaray game, despite the French enforcer failing to impress in the North London derby.

Flamini conceded possession for Tottenham's opening goal in the 1-1 draw and struggled to cope with the pace of the game, a disappointing display that would surely be punished ruthlessly by Chelsea next weekend.

Alternatives are thin on the ground for Wenger and include a forgotten man in Abou Diaby, who has played just once in the last 560 days, and an experienced option in Tomas Rosicky who anything but a midfield enforcer.

Arsenal desperately need Wilshere fit and firing to have any chance of springing a surprise against Chelsea, but thankfully his chances of featuring on Sunday afternoon now look very good.

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