Wenger reveals Wilshere hope and chats goalkeeper conundrum

Jack Wilshere: Could return on Thursday, all being well

Jack Wilshere: Could return on Thursday, all being well

Arsene Wenger remains unsure when Jack Wilshere will be fit to return to the Arsenal first team – but hopes he could be in contention for Thursday’s clash with West Brom.

The England midfielder has yet to kick a ball for Arsenal’s first-team this season as his hopes of making England’s squad for Euro 2016 fade by the day.

But with Wilshere coming through another game with the club’s under-21s against Swansea on Thursday night with no problems, he is now scheduled to play for them again on Monday.

Speaking about the player, Wenger told a media conference on Friday: ” I don’t know [when he will return to the first-team].

“He will play again on Monday and then we have to see how he is compared to other players.

“If he is ready [for Thursday] then we will consider him.”


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The immediate priority for Wenger, however, is another London derby – this time against Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Sunday.

Speaking about the match, Wenger added: “It is a London derby and now they are completely safe, they can play with freedom.

“They are a good team with a lot of offensive potential.

“They have strong individuals like [Wilfried] Zaha, [Yannick] Bolasie, [Connor] Wickham and [Emmanuel] Adebayor.

“We need to rectify the fact we conceded three at West Ham.”

Asked how Arsenal would solve those defensive issues, Wenger replied: “We’ve practiced our heading!”

Wenger, who will name an unchanged squad for the match against the Eagles, must decide whether to hand Petr Cech a recall at the expense of David Ospina.

“I have not decided on the team,” he said.

“Petr is our No.1 but Ospina is a fantastic goalkeeper. His numbers are exceptional in the Premier League and I felt Cech was just coming back.