By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger has ruled Jack Wilshere out of the rest of Arsenal's season and the European Championships this summer.
The midfielder has not played this term due to an ankle problem but had been hoping for a return late in the campaign. Unfortunately, that possibility ended after a discussion between the pair this week.
"Jack Wilshere will not play again this season and will not go to the European Championships. That is for sure," Wenger said after the defeat to Wigan on Monday.
"He is not ready to practice today or next week. His ankle is fine and he makes progress, but it is slow progress. We had a chat about that this week. His progress is not quick enough to go to the Euros.
"Jack is devastated. What kept him going was that he felt, even if he could not play with us, he had a good chance of going to Euro 2012. That is over now. But Jack is mentally strong and he is already working hard ahead of next season."
Wenger added that, in addition, Wilshere should not be included in the Great Britain squad for London 2012 later in the summer.
"The Olympics would be the worst idea for him," he said. "When a guy has not played for year, he needs a good and slow preparation to start the season. Once he is fit he can think about the national team.
"It is not that I don't want him to go to the Olympics. It is just that he has other priorities than that."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source