Gunners blow as Wilshere ruled out for a 'few weeks'
Arsenal supporters received the bad news they had been fearing with the club confirming that midfielder Jack Wilshere's latest injury is a hairline fracture.
"I had a bad surprise because it is a hairline crack in his fibula that makes him a few weeks out," manager Arsene Wenger said.
"There is minimal damage apart from the bone damage - there is no damage at all apart from that." Optimism about the club's most serious championship challenge for many years had been due in part to Wenger having a full squad at his disposal as he attempts to build on two successive FA Cup wins and a third-place finish in the Premier League.
The gifted Wilshere was to be an important part of that continuing progress, but the manager must now do without him for the first few weeks of the new campaign starting on Sunday against West Ham.
The injury, sustained in training last week, will mean another frustrating absence for a player who missed a large part of the last season.
His appearance in the penultimate league game against Sunderland was a first Premier League start for six months and he was only a late substitute in the FA Cup final win over Aston Villa.