The news of Wilshere missing out for the big game has come as a huge shock for the Gunners, after the 21-year old failed to recover from the ankle injury he sustained in Arsenal’s 2-1 North London derby loss against Tottenham on 3rd March. The England international is set to be out for 3 weeks, as he will stay back to receive treatment while Arsenal head out to the Allianz Arena and try to overturn a 3-1 deficit. The injury has come at a really unfortunate time for Arsenal as he is also set to miss out on Arsenal’s league tie against Swansea.
England too are dealt a huge blow by the injury, considering Wilshere is also set to sit out the Three Lions’ World Cup qualification double header against San Marino and Montenegro. The midfielder was phenomenal in England’s last outing, the recent 2-1 friendly win against Brazil, as he won the Man of the Match award for his performance. England are sure to miss him in those two games.
There are further problems for Arsenal in the injury department. French international Bacary Sagna will also be out for Wednesday’s game as he has sustained a knee injury, leaving them very short on the back. January signing Nacho Monreal is ineligible to play for Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League this season, having appeared in the competition for Malaga last year.
That leaves only youngster Carl Jenkinson available. However, Arsenal have some relief in the form of left-back Kieran Gibbs’ return to fitness, but it looks unlikely that the young full-back will straight away feature for the full 90 minutes. Wenger may be forced to deploy his captain Thomas Vermaelen out-of-position in the left-back spot initially, and will have to keep faith in Jenkinson to keep out the Bayern Munich attack.
If it helps, Bayern too are without Franck Ribery through injury, and without Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jerome Boateng through suspension for the game. It looks like we will be seeing two weakened Arsenal and Bayern teams!