Arsenal face anxious wait over Wilshere as England star hobbles off at Sunderland
16:42 GMT, 9 February 2013
09:54 GMT, 10 February 2013
Jack Wilshere was forced off during his Arsenal's 1-0 victory against Sunderland with a thigh injury after being bodychecked by Alfred N'Diaye.
There didn't seem to be a great deal
of contact from the new Sunderland signing, but it was enough for Wilshere to be replaced by Abou Diaby as Arsenal looked to keep hold of their lead.
Arsene Wenger was visibly furious with the physical nature of Sunderland's tackling, as his playmaker was left on the floor on more than one occasion.
After the match the Arsenal manager said that Wilshere 'can't walk properly now', but hopes he will only be out for around four or five days.
Down: Jack Wilshere was in distress when receiving treatment after the collision
Furious: As Wilshere hobbled off, Arsene Wenger was irate with the referee
Laurent Koscielny, who was initially
named on the Arsenal teamsheet, had to be withdrawn just before kick-off
after limping out of the warm up with a calf injury.
He had passed a fitness test before
the game, but was unable to take to the pitch, meaning Bacary Sagna had
to play centre back and Carl Jenkinson came in at right back.
Arsenal were also made to play the last 30 minutes without Carl Jenkinson, who was sent off for two
yellow cards, the second being a silly lunge on Stephane Sessegnon.
He will be suspended for their FA Cup fifth-round clash against Blackburn on Saturday.
held on to pick up a 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light after Santi
Cazorla had put the Gunners ahead in the first half with a low shot past
Fighting: Wilshere and N'Diaye go head to head for the ball
Smash: Titus Bramble came in with a heavy tackle on the Arsenal midfielder
Wilshere's injury comes the day after Wenger had said that the England star needed to be protected from burnout and future injuries.
He had played a leading role in their 2-1 win when Brazil visited Wembley, outshining the likes of Ronaldinho and Neymar.
However Wenger was more philosophical: 'It is not just the physical aspect, but the mental pressure every time he plays. We will have to manage him well physically to make sure he doesn't face that burnout.
'I had in fact expected Jack to play only a part of the game on
Wednesday, but it didn't happen and because of his quality he will be
exposed to that, the overuse of his quality, and you can understand that.
'He will have to be managed like everyone else.'
Competitive: Wilshere and Lee Cattermole getting to grips with each other in the middle of the park
Winner: Santi Cazorla's strike was the only goal of the game