All-in-all yesterday was a terrible day for Arsenal and their fans with the awful home defeat by Wigan, but the bad news started just minutes after the start of the game when Mikel Arteta started limping with an ankle injury.
While Arsene Wenger was thinking about what to do, Di Santo somehow managed to put Wigan in front, then just a minute later the visitors were two up thanks to Jordi Gomez’s scruffy goal, and Aaron Ramsey finally replaced Arteta with the Gunners facing a mountain to climb.
Although Thomas Vermaelen made it 2-1, Arsenal never managed to recover from the disastrous start and went on lose the game. Wenger reported afterwards that Arteta was unlikely to take any part in the rest of this season.
“It is an ankle problem.” Wenger said. “It looks quite a serious one. We have to scan it tomorrow, it is too early to say tonight. But it doesn’t look a little ankle sprain. It is a serious one.”
Wenger then revealed even more bad news with the fact that Jack Wilshere would not play again until next season, meaning he will also miss England’s attempt to win the Euro2012 tournament.
He said sadly: “Jack Wilshere will not play again this season and will not go to the European Championships. That is for sure,”
“He is not ready to practice today or next week. His ankle is fine and he makes progress, but it is slow progress. We had a chat about that this week. His progress is not quick enough to go to the Euros.
“Jack is devastated. What kept him going was that he felt, even if he could not play with us, he had a good chance of going to Euro 2012. That is over now. But Jack is mentally strong and he is already working hard ahead of next season.”
The saying goes that bad news comes in threes, so hopefully Arsenal won’t have some more next week when they face a now-crucial fixture against Chelsea.