Wilshere misses start of season

Gunners boss Wenger had been unwilling to set a comeback date for

the England midfielder, who has already been out for a year with

ankle and knee problems. But, speaking ahead of Arsenal’s final

match of their Asia tour in Hong Kong on Sunday, Wenger said:

“Hopefully, we will get Wilshere back playing for October. “With

Abou Diaby returning, it will be like signing two new players. This

season, the squad will be strong and competitive.” Wilshere, who

will reportedly resume light training next month, underwent a

procedure on his knee in May, having missed the whole of last

season with an ankle problem. An October return would rule him out

of England’s opening two World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and

Ukraine, which take place in early September.