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Arsenal and England have been hit by the news that Jack Wilshere will miss that start of the new season as the injury-plagued midfielder continues to recover from a long-term problem. The 20 year old missed the whole of last season due to an ankle injury, which robbed him of a place in England's line-up for the Euros. In addition to the ankle surgery, Wilshere has also undergone a knee operation but he will still be unavailable for the first few weeks of the season, thus extending his rehabilitation program beyond the initial 12-week estimation reports the Mirror.
Both Arsenal and England have pinned their hopes on the youngster to revitalize them, which is enormous pressure to be placed on a 20 year old. But his dynamic performances in the middle of the park have been missed dearly by both sides, with England being hit the hardest as they have traditionally struggled in midfield. The National team's exit at the hands of Italy in the quarter-final highlighted the need for a quality passer in the centre but manager Roy Hodgson will have to do without the man for start of the World Cup qualifiers in September.
Arsenal themselves struggled a great deal last season and they looked a lost cause until Mikel Arteta stepped up to the plate. Robin van Persie took all the plaudits with his goals but Arteta was the main man in the centre. Arsene Wenger can manage with Arteta as the creative heart for now but Wilshere's presence will be needed if they are to avoid the disappointments of last season. Chelsea have greatly strengthened their squad to move closer to the Manchester duo and Arsenal will need their left-footed maestro to avoid falling behind once again.
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