COMMENTARY | Arsenal starlet Jack Wilshere has downplayed injury fears after the England international was forced to leave Tuesday's Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund with an ankle injury after 58 minutes. Wilshere went straight to the ground after chasing a ball into the box during the 29th minute of the match.
The injury appeared to be a bad one, as the 21-year-old lie face down on the turf, clutching his ankle; however, Wilshere soon got up and was able to play for another half an hour before being substituted off.
Even though Wilshere was able to continue play, Arsenal's manager, Arsene Wenger, could tell there was something not quite right with the midfielder. The manager told Arsenal.com after the match that, "You could see that he (Wilshere) was not completely himself and that is why I decided to take him off. At the moment it is his desire to play that gets him through the game. It looks like he was handicapped after the first tackle he got."
Nonetheless, Wilshere told Express after the match that he was fine and doesn't believe he will miss any time. "It's just one of those things. I jarred my ankle - I've done it before. I knew in five or 10 minutes I'd be able to run it off. It eased off and I'm happy about that."
The next month or so is going to be a crucial stretch for the Gunners, as they play Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund (again), and Marseille. Arsenal are going to need all of their top players to be healthy if they wish to be contenders in the four competitions they are currently a part of: the Barclays Premier League, the Champions League, the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup.
The Gunners can't afford any more injuries at the moment as they are already without Abou Diaby, Mathieu Flamini, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Theo Walcott. Arsenal's next match is a Barclays Premier League game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Christopher Moore has been following Arsenal Football Club for over 10 years.
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