Crocked Wilshere STILL missing for Arsenal and Walcott is out, too… but Wenger confident Gunners will finish in top four
09:56 GMT, 28 March 2013
10:17 GMT, 28 March 2013
Jack Wilshere has been ruled out of Arsenal's Barclays Premier League clash with Reading on Saturday.
The Arsenal midfielder hasn't played for the North London outfit since he injured his ankle in their defeat at Tottenham earlier this month.
Theo Walcott, who picked up a pelvic muscle tear on international duty, will also miss the visit of the relegation-threatened club this weekend.
Sidelined: Jack Wilshere will not be fit to face Reading at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday
Blow: Theo Walcott left the England camp early after picking up a groin strain before the San Marino clash
'Wilshere is still out,' said Wenger. 'Walcott is an accident that could have happened.'
The Arsenal boss also insisted he had no issue with England manager Roy Hodgson.
'When it’s competitive for England, like it was in the last two games, the manager has to pick his best team,' added Wenger.
'There's no ideal way when your
international manger is under pressure to deliver. There can be
complications between the two medical departments – because you can send
a player who is half-injured and they still play, so it is about
communication. But we have a good relationship with England.'
Arsenal host Reading on Saturday four
points adrift of rivals Tottenham having played one game less, and
despite the injury concerns at Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger remains
confident the Gunners will qualify for the Champions League.
'There are nine games to go, five at
home and four away, and with the form we showed at Bayern Munich and
Swansea, I think we have a very good chance of finishing in the top
'We have a special desire to be together at this club. This is a good opportunity for us and we want to grab this chance.'
Reading will arrive at the Emirates
seven points adrift of safety and under a new regime after former
Southampton boss Nigel Adkins was appointed earlier this week.
'We may play a team who are fighting
not to go down, but we fight to get in the top four so those games are
just as important for us, too,' added Wenger.