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Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal are missing Jack Wilshere

Arsene Wenger has admitted that there is a sense of regret, if not complete regret, over his decision to send Jack Wilshere on loan to Bournemouth.

Wilshere had been deemed surplus to the requirements at Arsenal, with a plethora of options available at the start of the season.

However, both Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin now sidelined, and Mohamed Elneny off to the Africa Cup of Nations, the Gunners are now short of options in the middle of the park, Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey the only pair left – another injury and God knows who’ll play.

When questioned about whether Wenger could do with Jack Wilshere as one of his options, this is what he had to say:

“Yes, I could use him now but if he (Wilshere) had not played until now, he would not be ready to play now. What looks unfair is that at some moment in the season you know you could need the player.”

“But even at the start of the season you need to have the right balance between competition and numbers and chances for the player to play.

“And still today I think it was the right decision for him to go to Bournemouth.”

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