Jack Wilshere, the soon to be saviour of Arsenal's season has suffered more than what Arsene Wenger would call a "minor setback." It has been confirmed by the Daily Mail that Wilshere is now in fact out for the remainder of the season through injury.
Last Friday it was revealed that 20-year-old Wilshere, who has not played a competitive game this season due to a stress fracture ankle injury he sustained in a friendly against New York Red Bulls in July, was to have a scan after worsening the injury in training.
Wenger came out and produced his usual PR drivel to the press:
I spoke to Jack today. We have no real news yet. The first news we have had is better than expected. He is not in a boot, but I don't know more. His morale looks quite good and I hope it will only be a short setback. There will be more tests this week.
Unfortunately for Wenger, the scan has revealed another stress fracture which will force Wilshere out of contention for a return to the Arsenal first team this season. This may also affect his inclusion into the England squad for Euro 2012 which will be held in Poland and Ukraine.
This is not the first time this has happened and angry fans will question Wenger's knowledge of the facts. Last season the same announcement came out about Thomas Vermaelen just after the January transfer window had closed. Wenger refused to buy a replacement whilst perhaps knowing the extent of his injury. Christopher Samba was then up for grabs but the deal fell through. Arsenal's campaign collapsed weeks later.
In my opinion once again too much pressure has been heaped on young shoulders to carry the burden of this club. Many truly believe that Wilshere has been the biggest miss of the season. Those many are speculative believers who are not looking at the real picture.
The myth that Jack Wilshere is some great attacking midfielder with bags of creativity and goal-scoring ability is simple sensationalism. He is more a box to box midfielder but he could never really take over from the likes of Cesc Fabregas. That would be asking too much.
It seems Wenger's gambles will come back to haunt him again. All history has to do is repeat itself. The problem for Arsenal is it gets worse every year.