According to the Mirror, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be named in the squad against FC Koln for Thursday’s Europa League clash. The Gunners are 2/7 to win against the German Bundesliga side, but it will be a special moment to see a player make his long-awaited return after 13 months.
Wilshere has been recovering from a leg fracture picked up while on loan with Bournemouth. He suffered the injury in April and has been playing for the u23s to build up his match fitness. The 25-year-old is playing for his future, with his contract expiring at the end of next summer, so this week’s European encounter may have significant importance for Wilshere.
The report also states Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez should be in the matchday squad for the midweek game, with manager Arsene Wenger keen to have fringe players getting minutes. With Chelsea next up in the Premier League on Sunday, the long-serving Arsenal boss will be keen to rest as many first-team players as possible.
Wilshere isn’t likely to play a full 90 minutes given the lack of games this season, but he could start and be given an hour of playing time. It will be important having the 25-year-old as an option in midfield given the lack of quality Arsenal currently possess.
Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny are the secondary choices to Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey, with Santi Cazorla ruled out until the new year. Arsenal should be able to beat FC Koln with a weakened starting eleven on Thursday.