It seems like it has been ages since Arsene Wenger’s last pre-match news conferences, but he has just finished his latest with updates on the fitness of Wilshere and Walcott and some stirring words for the Arsenal faithful.
Firstly the good news – Jack Wilshere is on his way back.
Wenger confirmed that the player’s ankle injury will keep him out of the squad but not for much longer.
“Regarding Jack? I think two weeks on Sunday. Not the next game, but the game after.”
Theo Walcott will also miss the Reading game (as will Abou Diaby and Kieran Gibbs) but Wenger isn’t annoyed with England for the pelvic injury the winger sustained while training with the national side.
“Walcott is an accident that could have happened here.”
And Wenger is still confident that Arsenal can finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League next season
He said: “We’ve got nine games to go – five at home and four away. The form we showed against Bayern was very good. We have a chance to finish in the top four.
“We have the experience of a few years and a special desire to do it together. It’s a good opportunity for us. We want to grab this chance. If we are consistent we will do it. We’re not focused on Tottenham, but the way we want to play.”