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Friday, 3 February 2017

Arsene Wenger- I regret failing to call Wishere from Bournemouth

Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has admitted he regrets not inserting a release clause in the deal that saw Jack Wilshere join Bournemouth on a season-long loan.

Wenger is currently facing an injury crisis in central midfielder, with Aaron Ramsey out for 21 days with a calf injury.

He will miss Saturday’s trip to Chelsea as well as their Champions League last-16 first-leg clash at Bayern Munich.

Mohammed Elneny is away at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, where his countryhas qualified for the final  while GranitXhaka is serving a four-game ban.

“We have agreed for him to go for one year on loan and we accept that,” Wenger said about Wilshere.

“Yes [we could do with him back at the moment] but I would like to reiterate that we didn’t push him out – he wanted to go somewhere and play and I agreed with that.

“He wanted to go because of the level of competitive players we have in midfield. Let’s not forget that at the moment we have [Granit] Xhaka suspended.

“There is a huge level of competition and I accepted to let him go.

We have to deal with the consequences of that.

“Yes, we are a bit short at the moment, but I think we have young players who can do well in there.

“We have Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, we have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who can play in there.

Mohamed Elneny will come back after the weekend so we still have some strengths. So we should be okay in there.”

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