Arsenal star Jack Wilshere is set to miss out on Tuesday night’s clash with Belgian side Anderlecht, with the England international having missed training on Monday, as reported by the Daily Star.
The midfielder was absent at the weekend as the Gunners triumphed against Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.
Wilshere could only look on as his side stormed to a 3-0 victory against the recently promoted side, one of Arsenal’s most fluid performances since the start of the season.
The maestro also missed out on the game the week prior, when Arsenal beat Sunderland 2-0.
Arsene Wenger himself admitted, prior to the Burnley win, that he was unsure whether Wilshere would be available to play in this week’s Champions League tie.
However, with Wilshere having now missed training at the start of the week, it looks increasingly unlikely that he will feature in the game against the Belgian giants.
Arsenal face Swansea at the weekend.
England have confirmed their starting eleven for the clash against San Marino tonight.
Arsenal star Calum Chambers makes his first start for the national side, having been called up to the squad as a late replacement for Everton’s injured star John Stones.
Liverpool’s highly rated young talent Raheem Sterling (3/1 to score a brace with William Hill) also continues to occupy a central berth for Roy Hodgson’s side, having impressed considerably in that role for both his club and country and recent months.
Danny Welbeck (4/1 to score a hat trick against San Marino tonight with William Hill), who has settled in excellently for the Gunners, scoring three goals against Galatasaray in mid week in the Champions League, also plays. Welbeck was exceptional against Switzerland in Basel, scoring a brace for Hodgson’s Three Lions in the qualifying game.
England began their campaign on the right foot, scoring two and keeping a clean sheet against a side containing talents like Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri.
They will face a different challenge against San Marino tonight, who have a side containing very few professional players.
England are 8/1 to win 7-0 against San Marino tonight at Wembley.
The line up is as follows:
Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere is set to study the playing styles of Andrea Pirlo and former Liverpool hero Javier Mascherano in order to learn how to better play as a defensive midfielder, having enjoyed playing in the deep lying role for England, as reported by the Daily Mail.
His display against Switzerland in that position on Monday night was impressive, and suggests he will appear there in the future for the national side, especially following the international retirement of Steven Gerrard.
There had been suggestions this summer that Wilshere would be used in that role by Arsenal, although Arsene Wenger has put a dampener on those suggestions.
Wilshere said: “I spoke with the manager and Gary Neville in the week and they told me they wanted me to play that role and I quite enjoyed it.
“It was my first time ever playing there, so over the next month or so I am going to look at a few videos of the game and of players who play in that position regularly – Pirlo, Mascherano and players like that and I’ll get better.
“I felt it went well tonight but next time we meet up I feel it can only go better.”
Wilshere has been regularly criticised since the start of the new season, with increasing concerns that he will not be able to fulfil the vast potential that he began his career with. His fine display for England last night will help suggest that he still has that great potential unlocked within him.