The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wasn’t very happy with the way that Sunderland were allowed to get away with a series of fouls on Jack Wilshere yesterday, and in the end the young England midfielder had to be taken off the pitch and replaced by Abou Diaby.
Wenger made it clear that he didn’t think he was getting fair treatment. He was asked if he was happy with the ref’s decisions and he replied: “No, I wasn’t, especially on Jack. 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 want just 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 also made it clear that he thought Jack was badly injured, but he is hoping that he will be back in the squad next week. The Frenchman said: “It was a big kick on the thigh. He couldn’t walk. He doesn’t walk properly now. I hope it’s four or five days until he’s back.”
Knowing how wild some of Wenger’s injury predictions have been in the past, this could mean he will be back tomorrow or he may be out for weeks. I think I would wait until the medical team have done some scans before forecasting the return of our young prodigy. We certainly don’t want him rushed back before he is fully recovered….