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December 16, 2011

Wilshere on course for February return. But who will make way?

Wilshere is eyeing a February return. But who will make way? – image from

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is expected to return to action in mid-February after having an “exceptionally good” scan. The news will come as a boost to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger who has been without the 19-year-old England star all season. But with Wilshere likely to be back in contention around the time Arsenal will be lining up against Milan in the knockout phase of the Champions League, Wenger could find he has a difficult choice to make. Who will make way for Wilshere?

Arsenal have been on a decent run since their defeat at White Hart Lane back in October, with Alex Song, Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey seemingly establishing themselves as the three first choice central midfielders. And while no one should be guaranteed a starting place, unless their name is Robin Van Persie, you’d have thought Wilshere will be back in the Arsenal side once he returns to match fitness. Arteta has been deployed in deeper role than he was used to with Everton, while Song is the best example of muscle Arsenal have in their midfield until Emmanuel Frimpong becomes a first-team regular. Ramsey has pushed forward while Theo Walcott and Gervinho have provided Robin Van Persie the support from the flanks. All have looked impressive this season, although Wilshere could probably slot in in place of any of the afore mentioned players!

There is of course a lot of football to be played between now and mid-February, while there’s also the January window to look forward to so it’s difficult to make a call here and now. At the moment Ramsey might be favourite to miss out in place of Wilshere, but Arsene Wenger will probably just be glad to be presented with a selection headache for a change. It’s a squad game after all. And knowing Arsenal’s luck, another key cog in their wheel is probably destined to get injured before Wilshere’s return, so the Frenchman will likely have the decision made for him.

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