Arsenal may have signed a huge amount of players this transfer window, but perhaps the greatest news for the club is that Jack Wilshere is set to make a return to training.
The England international midfielder picked up an ankle complaint in the Emirates Cup pre-season tournament for his club, and has struggled since.
He misses England’s UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales, but could now be fit for Arsenal’s match against Swansea City if all goes to plan.
Wilshere has perhaps been the drive and creative spark missing in recent Arsenal matches, and it seems unlikely that the Gunners would have lost 8-2 to Manchester United had Arsene Wenger been able to pick his first choice XI.
As it was, rookie Francis Coquelin formed part of an inexperienced side, and they capitulated.
Speculation in today’s media is that new signing Mikel Arteta will play a deeper role alongside Alex Song in midfield, while Wilshere will be given his chance at the head of the triangle – in Cesc Fabregas’ old position.
Much of Arsenal’s season now rests on Wilshere’s young shoulders.