– Arsenal/FA joint statement
Jack Wilshere has sustained a hairline fracture to the navicular bone in his left foot.
Wilshere suffered the injury during England's international match with Denmark on Wednesday night at Wembley Stadium, in which he played 59 minutes.
Following initial scans carried out by the FA on Wednesday night, further investigation by Arsenal's medical team has discovered a crack to a small bone in Jack's left foot - the navicular, an area of his foot which has not been previously injured.
Jack will require a period of approximately six weeks' rehabilitation, before starting to regain his match fitness.
- Jack Wilshere returned to the field after being treated and played on until the 59th minute
- But Arsenal followed-up the FA's initial scans and found a fracture which will see the midfielder miss the next six weeks
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere faces six weeks on the sidelines after suffering a hairline fracture in his left foot during England's friendly international with Denmark.
Wilshere frantically waved his arms in pain after his foot was caught by Daniel Agger in a challenge in the 12th minute of Wednesday's 1-0 win at Wembley.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has admitted a charge from the Football Association over an offensive hand gesture made towards Manchester City fans, but has contested the mandatory two-match ban and the case will be heard by a commission today.
Television cameras picked up Wilshere raising his middle finger in the direction of home supporters at the Etihad Stadium during the second half of the Gunners' 6-3 defeat on Saturday.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said the club would accept any ban handed out "if he did it". If that's the case, Wilshere is likely to miss the game against Chelsea at Emirates Stadium next Monday.
– FA STATEMENT
Arsenal midfield player Jack Wilshere has been charged by the FA with making an offensive and/or insulting and/or abusive gesture.
The charge follows an alleged gesture made during the fixture between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 14 December. The incident was not seen by match officials, but was caught on video.
Wilshere has been charged retrospectively by the FA under a new pilot project for potential 'not seen' incidents in Premier League matches.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere must decide by 6pm tonight if he will accept a charge from the Football Association over an alleged gesture made towards Manchester City fans. It could see him handed a one-match ban and fine.
Television cameras picked up Wilshere raising his middle finger in the direction of home supporters at the Etihad Stadium during the second half of the Gunners' 6-3 defeat.
Jack Wilshere also praised Arsene Wenger as the driving force behind his blossoming Arsenal and England career. He said Wenger's loyalty helps get the best out of Arsenal's young talent, adding:
"He's been the main person in my career: he gave me a chance when I was 16. He gave me special care, put his arm around me, he picked me out and gave me the chance to train with the first team every day and that helped my career massively, just learning from the way they play."
Jack Wilshere continued: "Sending me on loan to Bolton, learning to play the Premier League way, that was important too. Some games I didn't play well but he still stuck with me when I made mistakes. If you make mistakes he sticks with you, and that's huge."
Jack Wilshere says Cesc Fabregas has been Arsenal's biggest loss in the transfer market. The midfielder admitted he was "really upset" Fabregas swapped Arsenal for Barcelona in 2011.
Jack Wilshere believes Arsenal felt the loss of Fabregas more keenly than the departure of Robin Van Persie. But Wilshere is confident new recruit Mesut Ozil can fill the void: Speaking on Arsenal's website, he said:
"The one I was really upset about leaving was Fabregas, I learned so much from just watching him. He's similar to me starting at a young age. I was the most upset about him leaving. But to arrive I'm excited about Ozil, he's settled in nicely.
"His first game away at Sunderland he got an assist and was man of the match. He plays the Arsenal way and there's a lot more to come. He's so comfortable on the ball, right foot, left foot. If you look at his stats he runs the most, he makes it look easy but that only masks how hard he works."
Arsene Wenger added that a successful season with Arsenal can only help drive their World Cup hopefuls on to success in Brazil.
Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and even full-back Carl Jenkinson are all in contention to make Roy Hodgson's England squad for next summer's tournament.
Arsene Wenger said: "You do what is right for the club. If the players can do well at both levels that is even better. I remember 1998, (Patrick) Vieira and (Emmanuel) Petit had an outstanding season here and they won the World Cup after (with France), so the positives of one go into the other.
"When England fly over there, you will not write on the plane 'you cannot win it'. They are not favourites, but it is a very open competition and to me it looks like once you are in the quarter-final, you cannot rule them out."
Jack Wilshere's ankle injury means he will have to be carefully managed if he is to make it through the season. However, Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger added he had been assured by the club's medical staff that there was no long-term issue.
Wilshere has been playing with the injury and is fit to face Southampton on Saturday after coming through the international break unscathed. Arsene Wenger said:
"We play 60 games per year and Jack will certainly have to be managed - unless his pains go completely, then he will be used when needed. If there is an alert on his ankles, we will of course take advice from the medical department and use him when he can really be used."