Wenger gives latest Arsenal injury update after Stoke win

Arsene Wenger delivers fitness updates on Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck after Arsenal's 2-0 win over Stoke City

Jack Wilshere is continuing to make steady progress from his ankle injury as the Arsenal midfielder closes in on a return to action, Arsene Wenger has revealed.

The 23-year-old England international suffered a hairline fracture to his left ankle during training last month and is yet to feature for the north London club this season.

The midfielder is expected to be back in action in the coming weeks, and Wenger said that Arsenal are preparing for an update about his fitness in the next few days.

“Wilshere progresses slowly. We will know more about Jack in the next few days and hopefully it will be good news but he progresses,” Wenger told a news conference after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Stoke on Saturday.

Wenger also admitted that he was shocked to learn of the severity of Danny Welbeck’s knee injury.

The England striker has not featured for the north London club since April and underwent knee surgery earlier this month, ruling him out of action for around three to four months at the least.

Wenger continued: “It was a shock of course. I think Welbeck can play in every position up front and he is a fantastic guy. To see him work for three or four months and then be ruled out again for three or four months is difficult to understand but we have to deal with that.

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“I can understand that people say that we have to look out for a striker but we honestly did not find anyone.”

Arsenal’s next Premier League game is a trip to Chelsea next Saturday lunchtime.

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