Arsene Wenger met with the press earlier today ahead of his side’s game against Southampton on Saturday at the Emirates and gave updates on a number of his players.
There had been some suggestion that Jack Wilshere had picked up an ankle knock when he made a brief appearance against Germany on Tuesday night and this had caused a rift between the FA and Arsenal, however Wenger denied this was the case but did admit that he would need to manage Wilshere for the foreseeable future.
“We play 60 games per year and he will certainly have to be managed.
“Unless his pains go completely then he will be used when needed. If there is an alert on his ankles, we will of course take advice from the medical department and use him when he can really be used.
“I have been told by the medical team that there is no concern in the long term. He is just still recovering from his inflammation.
“It is hard to leave him out but we have 25 players in the squad and we can deal with that problem with no problem.
“There is no problem between the FA and Arsenal. I don’t know where that idea comes from because he was supposed to play. He was available for England, they used him like they wanted and if he had played the two games I would have been perfectly happy. There was no restriction there at all. He is not injured [now].”
Wenger also clarified the likely return date of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with reports saying that he had suffered a set-back in his recovery from the knee injury he picked up on the opening day of the season against Aston Villa.
“He had no real setback. I believe he is still at least one month away from competition but he has had no real setback. New Year is a reasonable target.”
Arsenal welcome Theo Walcott back in to the side against his former club but despite rumours that Lukas Podolski would be also be back, Arsene Wenger confirmed to the official site yesterday that he was around three weeks away from a return.
Winger Ryo Miyaichi is also out with a hamstring injury while Yaya Sanogo will not be back before January as he continues to recover from his back injury.by