Arsene Wenger is understandably being very cautious about bringing Jack Wilshere back to the Arsenal first team, but he is adamant that if he is not able to play competitively in the next three weeks, then there is very little chance that Jack will be fit enough to join the England squad for the Euro2012 tournament this summer, or even to build up his fitness while playing in Arsenal’s run-in.
“We will know in the next two or three weeks if he will play this season,” Wenger said.
“We try to keep the hope alive for him and not take too many risks. That means we adapt day to day, to manage him, to improve his physical state and get him fit as quickly as we can without taking too big a risk. That means when he has irritation or discomfort we stop him.”
“We are now at the end of March, that means to go to a big competition without having played at all is impossible,” said Wenger.
“The next three weeks will be decisive. You would think a player who wants to play in June, at the end of April they will have to be competitive. The next three weeks will decide if he can go to the Euros.”
Although I know that every Arsenal supporter would like to see Jack back in action as soon as possible, would it be better if he DIDN’T see any real action until the pre-season rather than risk him in the crucial end of season games?
He will have many more competitions he can go to with England in the future, thats for sure….