Liverpool‘s Daniel Agger dealt a crushing blow to Arsenal‘s (fading) title hopes after a late challenge on Jack Wilshere in the England-Denmark friendly caused a hairline fracture to the navicular bone in the player’s left foot. Arsenal officially announced the news on its website and its official Twitter account, as the club’s injury troubles continue to cause headaches for manager Arsene Wenger.
Wilshere’s absence due to the latest injury would further thin the midfield options for Wenger ahead of a deluge of crucial ties against Everton in the FA Cup, archrival Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Chelsea in the Premier League and finally Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich in the Champions League return leg scheduled on March 11.
Roy Hodgson‘s plan to limit Wilshere’s playing time in the international friendly has dramatically backfired, and Wenger now needs to ensure his other two fit holding midfielders, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, can carry the burden until Aaron Ramsey and on-loan signing Kim Kallstrom return from their respective injuries.
This news will not comfort Arsenal fans as Wilshere is also bound to miss the team’s potential Cup semifinal and UCL quarterfinal matches, if the club manages to progress further in those respective tournaments.
With a tough loss against Stoke City last week and inconsistent results in February, Arsenal’s low morale definitely took another beating with the news of Wilshere’s injury. However, the players need to rally and drive the team forward through seemingly endless tough times in what started out as a highly promising season.