Arsenal vs Liverpool team news: Jack Wilshere ruled out until September, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky also to miss game with injury

Trio will definitely miss Arsenal's Premier League clahs with Liverpool on Monday night

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Arsenal will be unable to call on Jack Wilshere for tonight’s Premier League fixture against Liverpool, with the England midfielder ruled out until at least mid-September after suffering an ankle injury.

The Gunners squad is largely intact after Alexis Sanchez returned from an extended break and Mikel Arteta resumed first-team action following eight months out, but the Gunners are unable to call on Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky as well as Wilshere.

The 23-year-old has suffered a string of injuries during his professional career, although his latest blow comes to his right ankle, rather than his troublesome left one that has forced him to miss large chunks of the past two seasons.

 

Given that Arsenal are particularly blessed with talent in midfield, the Gunners should be able to cope without Wilshere and Rosicky, while Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are currently sharing the burden of leading the attack in Welbeck’s absence.

Speaking last week, Wenger said: "Playing before the international break is a bit too optimistic, it’s too early to think he would be playing for England.

“After the international break he has a chance, but before the international break he has no chance."

When Welbeck was originally ruled out in April, Wenger described his recovery time as up to a fortnight, yet the striker has been unable to train for nearly four months now and Wenger admitted last week that his knock is a strange one.

Along with midfielder Rosicky though, Wenger confirmed that the pair are making “progress”, but will not return before Wilshere meaning that they look set for at least another month on the sidelines.

"Danny Welbeck is making good progress, but is still not available,” Wenger added. "Rosicky is progressing nicely but he is far away."

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