Friday, 7 March 2014

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger says he does not blame Liverpool's Daniel Agger over Jack Wilshere's injury


Arsène Wenger says Jack Wilshere has gone away for a few days to think about something else but he will do all he can to have him ready for the World Cup

Jack Wilshere is tackled by Daniel Agger in the challenge that left the Arsenal and England midfielder with a broken foot
Jack Wilshere is tackled by Daniel Agger in the challenge that left the Arsenal and England midfielder with a broken foot Photo: PA
Arsene Wenger refused to blame Daniel Agger or Roy Hodgson for Jack Wilshere's broken foot on Friday, despite the anger of others at Arsenal over the devastating injury.
Wenger described Agger's tackle that left Wilshere with a hairline fracture in England's win over Denmark on Wednesday as "strong", but the Arsenal manager insisted the Liverpool defender had been going for the ball.
He also absolved Hodgson of responsibility for Wilshere's six-week-plus lay-off after the midfielder was allowed to play on for more than 45 minutes following the injury.
And the Frenchman vowed to do everything in his power to get the 22-year-old fit for the World Cup.
Wilshere's injury is a huge blow to Arsenal's trophy hunt and the club was upset with Agger over what they perceive to be an over-the-top challenge. But Wenger said: "I believe, first of all that it was accidental, and that he will be out for six weeks.
He added of England's handling of Wilshere: "At some stage, it's the player who gives you the indication. You trust always the player. We are not at the point where you can make an instant check-up with an x-ray."
Wenger admitted Wilshere had been devastated to learn of his injury, which he is hoping does not cost him his place at the World Cup.
"He can only be very down in situation like that," Wenger said. "He's in a boot and he's gone away a few days to get a little bit away from travelling and disappointment and think about something else."
He added: "Any player who has an opportunity to go to the World Cup, you don't want to talk him out of that. I will do absolutely everything that he can get there."
Arsenal may demand £600,000 in compensation from the Football Association for Wilshere's injury, but Wenger said: "Honestly, we have not spoken about that. I don't know what kind of activity we can do about that. Our concern yesterday was not the financial aspect. It was the shock that we lose a player."
A lay-off of more than six weeks would rule Wilshere out of all but Arsenal's last two or three Premier League games of the season and would see him miss a crucial run of fixtures in league and cup.
They begin with Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final against Everton and Tuesday's Champions League last-16 second leg at Bayern Munich, which are followed by crucial league games against Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Swansea, Manchester City, Everton.
The blow of Wilshere's injury should be softened next week by the return of fellow midfielders Aaron Ramsey and new signing Kim Kallstrom. But Laurent Koscielny is a doubt for Saturday's game after picking up a hamstring problem.
Wenger also revealed Ramsey and Santi Cazorla were both "very close" to signing new contracts.
The Telegraph

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