Arsenal boss sidelines star midfielder ahead of Monaco Champions League clash

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that star midfielder Jack Wilshere will not feature in Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Monaco, despite the England ace just returning from a four-month layoff, according to report from the Daily Star.

Wilshere was named on Wenger’s substitute bench in the Gunners’ 2-1 away win over Crystal Palace during the weekend, but will be sidelined as a precaution for the visit of Monaco in the round-of-sixteen.

The French boss has revealed that there is no new injury to the 22-year-old, but just that he wants Wilshere to rest ahead of Sunday’s fixture against Everton.

“He trained hard to come back from injury, and we rested him – but no way is it a setback.

“He’s not involved tomorrow [Wednesday] but will certainly be available for the weekend.”

Arsenal have been knocked out of the Champions League round-of-sixteen in the past four campaigns, after coming up against the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and even AC Milan.

But now the Gunners have an amazing chance to navigate their way to the quarter-finals when they play Monaco, with the Ligue-1 side not at their best since the departures of Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez during the summer.


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