Arsene Wenger admits he feels ‘very responsible’ for former Arsenal stars Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey’s injury struggles with both getting little protection at the start of their careers
- Arsene Wenger feels responsible for Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey’s injuries
- Both players struggled with injuries at Arsenal when they were youngsters
- Wenger feels VAR has given creative players more protection from challenges
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he feels ‘very responsible’ for the injuries that Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey suffered when they were young prospects.
Wenger, who is now FIFA’s chief of global development, believes that VAR has been hugely important for the game in terms of reducing the unfair treatment that some creative players received from opponents.
Wilshere and Ramsey both had lengthy spells out injured at Arsenal, with Wilshere missing the entire 2011-12 campaign with a stress fracture in his ankle, while Ramsey’s leg was broken following a challenge from Ryan Shawcross while playing against Stoke in 2010.
Arsene Wenger (R) says he feels responsible for the injuries Jack Wilshere (L) and Aaron Ramsey suffered earlier in their careers
Although Wenger feels that the situation is now better for technical players as they have more protection, he regrets that VAR wasn’t in use when Wilshere and Ramsey were establishing themselves in the Arsenal team.
Wenger told The Telegraph: ‘I see more positivity. Before there was more kicking and I must say the media allowed that. The VAR has brought more respect for the offensive game.
‘Sometimes the more technical guys were kicked. Why? It was not very encouraging. We have moved forward from that.
‘We always tried. It was a frustration sometimes. When I look back at players like Wilshere, Ramsey who have been injured early in their career and when you are a manager you feel very responsible for that.’
Ramsey suffered a broken leg while playing for Arsenal against Stoke in February 2010
Abou Diaby is another example of a player who was often injured during his time at Arsenal.
Wilshere has struggled with injuries throughout his career and is currently without a club having most recently played for Bournemouth.
There have been suggestions that the midfielder could return to training at Arsenal, with manager Mikel Arteta saying that Wilshere is welcome to come back and build up his fitness as he looks for a new club.
Ramsey, meanwhile, bounced back from his broken leg to help Arsenal win three FA Cups and currently plays for Juventus.
However, he has played just 78 minutes in Serie A so far this season and missed the game against Empoli due to injury.
Wilshere, who has often struggled with injuries, could soon return to Arsenal to train
Wilshere also played a part in two of those FA Cup successes before joining West Ham in 2018. However, he has often had his progress halted by injury.
The 29-year-old recently spoke about the possibility of returning to Arsenal to train.
Wilshere told Sky Sports News: ‘I really enjoyed playing with him, sharing a dressing room with him. To hear him come out and say the door is always open is nice.
‘I think that it can only help me. As you said, being a round good players, training with world-class players and, as well, just being in a team environment is something that I am interested in.’