A dismal night got worse for the Gunners as Arsene Wenger confirmed glass midfielder Jack Wilshere may yet again find himself on the sidelines.
And even the manager himself couldn’t help but mention how difficult it is for the English international to stay out of the trainer’s room.
“Wilshere has turned his ankle. It’s difficult to say how bad it is,” said Wenger. “I’m a bit cautious because of his history. Normally it’s not too bad.”
Unfortunately for Arsenal, it is the problematic right ankle that he turned, the same one that kept him out for 18 months and ruined almost his entire 2011/12 season.
Wilshere, like many Gunners stars, struggled to handle the high-energy Dortmund attack. The 22-year-old was one of a number of Arsenal midfielders who wasted possession with wayward passes caused by a swarming Dortmund midfield.
He was 49/62 passing (79%) and his passing chart showed an inability to get the ball forward. Wilshere played the whole 90 minutes, but showed signs of a knock when he was cleated in the leg by Neven Subotic in the waning minutes of the match.
Wilshere has struggled mightily to stay on the field for both club and country, making just 24 Premier League appearances last year due to a slew of minor knocks and one long-term injury towards the end of the season.
Since breaking into the Arsenal first team in 2009 as a 17-year-old, Wilshere has had just one season of more than 25 appearances – his second year.