Arsene Wenger: Jack Wilshere is now ‘completely available’ for Arsenal
Arsene Wenger confirms Jack Wilshere is “completely available” for selection as Arsenal prepare for this weekend’s Emirates Cup
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Jack Wilshere is “completely available” for selection as Arsenal prepare for this weekend’s Emirates Cup.
The 21-year-old midfielder missed the whole of the 2011-12 campaign through injury and underwent a minor operation at the end of last season to remove a metal support pin from his ankle.
But Wenger has confirmed that the England international is approaching full fitness ahead of this weekend’s pre-season tournament in north London.
“We have a few individual cases like [Santi] Cazorla, who’s coming later and Jack Wilshere who’s not quite 100 per cent yet,” said Wenger.
“[But] I consider Wilshere now to be completely available and part of the team.”
Wenger also expressed his satisfaction at how Arsenal’s preparations for the new season have unfolded so far following their tour of Asia.
He continued: “The tour was quite intense physically, especially our two games in Japan. We had a week to recover from being jetlagged and to work as well. But physically we should be alright.
“Considering that the season starts in three weeks I think that we are at a reasonable level, especially because we have no big injuries. When you go on a tour like that for 17 days, it’s a bit of a risk and the good news is that everybody is quite fit.”
And asked about the Emirates Cup, which did not take place last year due to the London 2012 Olympics, Wenger added: “I’m very happy because it’s an event I love, for different reasons. It’s the first time we can play in front of our fans in a very relaxed environment.
“For me, it’s also a good opportunity to give competition to every single player. In two days, everybody could get 90 minutes and that’s important.”