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Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has had a “minor procedure to stop ankle discomfort”, says boss Arsene Wenger.



The midfielder, 23, has not played since hurting his ankle in
his side’s 2-1 defeat by Manchester United in November.
He first had surgery in November and was on the bench for
last Saturday’s win at Crystal Palace.
Wilshere has now had two pins removed from the joint but
Wenger said he would be missing for “days, not weeks”.
Midfielder Mikel Arteta (ankle) and defender Mathieu
Debuchy (shoulder) are still a few weeks away from
‘I am hurting’ – Wenger
The Gunners go into Sunday’s Premier League match
against Everton following a 3-1 first-leg defeat in the
Champions League at home to Monaco.
Wenger was left annoyed at another poor knockout showing
in Europe’s top club competition and wants a positive
reaction from his players.
“What is hurting is the defeat more than the criticism,” said
Wenger. “I do not say I am immune to it. I love to win and
when I don’t win, I am hurt of course.
“We fought very hard against Besiktas to qualify [in August].
What is frustrating is that we’ve gone out in the last 16 in
the last four years.
“There is nobody to blame individually. On the night
everything went against us and missing chances was only
one characteristic.”
Wenger ‘expects a strong response’
Arsenal, currently third in the table, remain on course to
qualify for the Champions League for an 18th straight
season, but are 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.
“I expect a strong response because it’s a different
competition,” said the Frenchman. “We have an opportunity
to maintain our top-three position.
“You play 55 games a year and you have moments where
you are disappointed. We want to finish the season in a
strong way.” Read more

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