Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Jack Wilshere has suffered an untimely setback in his recovery. The Arsenal midfielder has been out of play since his July injury and has now forced the club to think about a possible replacement.
With only a few days left in the transfer window, Wenger might need to bring someone in during the winter transfer window. Wilshere had been expect to recover by sometime in February, but that looks in doubt now.
Wenger gave a vague assessment of the injury on the team's site:
He has had a little setback that is under investigation at the moment so I cannot give you how long he will be out for. At the moment he is seeing a specialist and as soon as we know more we will communicate. It sets him back a little bit but for how long I don’t know. It is the same foot but a different problem to the injury he had surgery on back in September.
The young Englishman has been longing for a return to the pitch but that could be in doubt for this season's campaign. With continuous niggling injuries, the best interest of the player may be to slow down the pace of his rehab.
In the meantime, Arsenal must look for someone to help fill in.
Yossi Benayoun has been the consummate professional since arriving at Arsenal. It's about time he gets rewarded for his club-first mentality.
Benayoun has not featured in a ton of league matches, however, his workings with Arsenal youngsters on the training grounds has not gone unnoticed. The Israeli captain has plenty of league experience with three of the four big club in England.
His experience, cool-headed play and defensive mindset could be an adequate fit. With Jack Wilshere being out for longer than expected, Benayoun's role with the club will likely be increased in the coming months.
This may come as a surprise to most. Andrei Arshavin could be a great addition in the middle of the park.
Arshavin has the technical ability, creativeness and ability to score. Taking him from the wing and placing him into the middle of the field could be conducive to finding his form.
The little Russian could thrive in a compact space. Its admittedly a long shot, but at this point it couldn't get much worse for the winger.
Might as well take a chance.
The United States export could be on the move from Fulham with his recent comments about his desire to play in the Champions League. Arsenal may be in danger of losing out on the Champions League, but the transition would be easy and smooth.
Clint Dempsey has arguably been the most successful American field player to grace the Premier League. His recent hat trick capped the great run of form he's been enjoying.
Now, he may not be the holding midfielder that Jack Wilshere is, but he could be a useful addition.
Dempsey could provide a spark and would make timely runs. Arsenal need a player who can be productive in the middle of the park and score goals as well.
Yann M'Vila has already impressed once in London when France played England in an international friendly. The Rennes midfielder has surged onto the scene in Ligue 1 and could be a great fit for the Arsenal midfield.
The Arsenal stable of midfielders is already close to capacity. However, adding a defensive midfielder with the creativity of M'Villa could be a perfect fit to replace Jack Wilshere.
Wenger will be reluctant to dip into the market until the summer, however, the addition of M'Vila would be a long-term addition that would add quality depth to the midfield.