Well, in case you were too happy after this week's result, Arsenal is about to bring you back down to earth a little. Jack Wilshere has not recovered from his fracture and is now having surgery. Stop me if you've heard this story before, but the club had hoped to avoid surgery. Unfortunately, non-surgical recovery methods did not have the desired result so here we are again, with Jack on the sideline for a significant portion of the season. The club are saying, if you wish to believe their estimates, that it will be approximately three months.
This news continues a worrying trend for Wilshere as he has not had the consistent run of fitness required to develop properly. While he is certainly young enough to bounce back from yet another setback, he will want to quickly reverse his injury trend from Abou Diaby-esque towards Robin van Persie's trajectory.
Combined with the injury to Tomáš Rosický, that leaves Arsenal a bit short in the midfield for the considerable future. With Wilshere sidelined, Arsenal only have 4 players and Mathieu Flamini that can realistically fill one of the two central midfield positions. This will make it really interesting to see how Arsene Wenger rotates the squad, especially in those central midfield positions, as Champions League play increases the workload on the squad in the coming weeks. There may be an opportunity for Arsenal U21 defensive midfielder Glen Kamara, who trained with the first team today, to get a chance in the first team, particularly if Arsenal suffer any other injuries going forward.