Arsenal FC: What Jack Wilshere's Continued Absence Means for Gunners

Raul HingoraniCorrespondent IIAugust 6, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05:  Footballer, Jack Wilshere of Arsenal watches Championship Boxing at Wembley Arena on November 5, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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At the end of the 2010-2011 season, Jack Wilshere seemed to be one of the most promising midfielders in the Premier League. At 19-years-old, the Englishman seemed to be one of the key parts of this Arsenal team ahead of the 2011-2012 season.

Then, the worst possible scenario became a reality during that same summer when Wilshere sustained a serious ankle injury during a preseason match that left him unable to play for much too long. After a successful surgery, the midfielder suffered some setbacks that kept him unable to play until the end of the season.

Now 20-years-old, Wilshere will be expected to recover sometime close to October or maybe even November ( 

This is nothing but bad news for the Gunners.

Last season, Arsenal managed to finish in third place after having a horrendous start to their Premier League season. They had to end up signing various players towards the end of the transfer window, and this left Arsenal with a team that hadn't really developed with the new additions.

This led to some losses that the Gunners will not forget.

Unfortunately for Arsenal, they didn't have Wilshere, who had really struck great form throughout the 2010-2011 season.

Now, with Wilshere having not played a competitive match for more than a year, it will take a while for the Englishman to regain that form he had during his breakout season, so he won't have the same effect he had on the team immediately.

There are big clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United who have been strengthening their squads over the course of this summer transfer window, so to remain in contention with those teams, the Gunners will need a few players who can produce an impact, just the way Wilshere did.

With Wilshere's continued absence, Arsenal will need to sign another midfielder permanently or on loan who can add a boost to the team while Wilshere is regaining his form.

There just happens to be a player who Arsenal could sign on loan for a season. He is Nuri Sahin (the Guardian).

In, it was reported that Nuri Sahin would be allowed to leave Real Madrid this summer.

This comes as perfect news for Arsenal. Sahin is a player who can play in a position that is similar to the one Wilshere played in.

He would also add great passing abilities and set piece taking skills to the team, and he could produce an impact on the team that could lead to good results.

And, as mentioned earlier, Arsenal wish to sign the Turkish midfielder on loan. That gives Sahin the chance to get first team football and produce good performances; at the same time, Wilshere will be able to regain his form throughout the season.

With Wilshere's continued absence, Arsenal should make use of this chance to sign Nuri Sahin on loan so that Arsenal can maintain a strong, creative midfield, while allowing Wilshere to work his way back to the way he was playing during the 2010-2011 season.

So, do you think Jack Wilshere will be able to perform at a high level sometime next season? And, should the Gunners sign Nuri Sahin on loan for the coming season?

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