Updates from Thursday, Feb. 6
Arsenal provides a statement from Arsene Wenger discussing Joe Wilshere's health status:
Updates from Thursday, Jan. 30
Arsenal.com's Staff provides a statement from Arsene Wenger discussing Jack Wilshere's injury status:
We have good news. For Sunday he will be short but he has a chance to be available for the week after at Liverpool.
Updates from Wednesday, Jan. 29
Arsene Wenger was able to give a positive update on the fitness of Jack Wilshere after Arsenal's 2-2 draw at Southampton, which counter-balances the losses of Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey.
Wenger said, per Sky Sports:
We have lost Flamini for three games and Ramsey, but overall I think Jack Wilshere will be back soon, so I think we'll be OK.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said Jack Wilshere could miss the Premier League game against Southampton on Tuesday after picking up a knock during the FA Cup fourth-round win against Coventry.
However, as reported by John Cross of the Mirror, that news is cushioned by the return of Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Thomas Vermaelen from injury:
#afc Wenger says Wilshere a doubt for Southampton with ankle problem. Arteta, Ramsey, Vermaelen all back— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) January 27, 2014
Although Vermaelen is likely to start on the bench, Ramsey and Arteta have both played major parts in Arsenal's success this season and should mean that Wilshere isn't too badly missed.
If it is just a knock, as Wenger hinted, it will be best to rest Wilshere ahead of a tough run of games for the Gunners.
After their game against Crystal Palace on Sunday, they face four tough fixtures in the space of 11 days, against Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Liverpool twice, and they will need to make full use of their squad in order to excel in those games.
Ramsey's return is significant; the Wales international midfielder has scored eight goals and assisted a further six in 18 Premier League games this season, per ESPN FC, and he will really bolster Arsenal's attacking options.
The chance to bring back the experience of Arteta, who helps keep the ball so effectively, will aid Arsenal against a Southampton side that like to play fast counterattacking football.
As noted by WhoScored, Arteta has a 92 percent pass success rate in his 11 Premier League games this season.
With so many important games on the horizon and Wenger only describing Wilshere's injury as a knock, the England international is likely to be back involved with Arsenal for the game against Palace at the weekend.