After making just three Premier League appearances last campaign, this pre-season was incredibly important for Jack Wilshere.
It's been one year since the midfielder suffered a fibula injury which caused him to miss almost the entire campaign so he would have been desperate to be injury-free this time around.
However, that isn’t going to happen after Arsene Wenger revealed that he had picked up a fibula injury. With less than two weeks remaining until the season starts, Wilshere had to sit out of the Gunners’ friendly against Chivas with his manager admitting that he has a little knock.
"It’s a slight patella problem but I think he should be with us on tour on Thursday," Wenger said, per the Mirror.
"I hope he will, yes."
But, just because Wenger has played down the injury, it doesn’t mean that Wilshere won’t be out for longer than stated.
When Wilshere picked up his injury last year that kept him out almost the entire season, Wenger claimed that his midfielder would only miss “a few weeks.”
“I had a bad surprise because it is a hairline crack in his fibula that makes him a few weeks out,” he said at the time.
“There is minimal damage apart from the bone damage - there is no damage at all apart from that. It was a collision in training and it was all completely accidental.”
So, understandably, Arsenal fans not impressed with the latest Wilshere news with many wanting him sold this summer. Check out some of their reaction:
Even if Wilshere is fit for the new season, he may not necessarily be a first-team regular at the Emirates. With the likes of Granit Xhaka, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey all vying for central midfield positions, Wilshere may struggle to play every match.
Cazorla also injured
However, Wenger has admitted that Cazorla could miss the opening fixture against Liverpool on August 14.
"He is our technical security in midfield and we missed him for five or six months last season," he told reporters, per the Evening Standard.
"At the moment he is not completely there on the fitness front. That’s why I took him off at half-time.
"He’s a bit behind the others physically but I think he will be alright, maybe not on August 15th, but at the end of August he should be alright."
With Per Mertesacker already ruled out until the end of the year and Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny yet to return from their holidays, Arsenal may have to field a slightly weakened side on the opening weekend of the season.