Injury-prone Arsenal star Jack Wilshere is targeting the Gunners’ FA Cup semi-final with Reading to make a comeback from his latest setback.
The England schemer hasn’t featured since his side were bested 2-1 by Manchester United in November after suffering an ankle ligament strain, but looks set to be ready for the final few weeks of the season after completing an under-21 game recently.
Such news should delight Reading fans as, were Wilshere to feature in the FA Cup final four showdown, the Royals’ chances of victory will receive a considerable boost.
As it stands they rate as enormous 13/2 underdogs against the country’s form side, which is certainly worth a wager if the 23-year-old starts the game.
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Arsenal’s stats with Wilshere in the ranks are in stark contrast to those recorded when he has been waylaid.
This season their win percentage has soared from 31% when he has started to 76% when shelved.
The reverse effect applies with regards to losses, with 31% of the matches involving the Manchester City target from the off ending in defeat for Wenger’s troops.
This figure has fallen to 15% when his services haven’t been required.
In fact, since February 8 of last year, the north Londoners have triumphed on a paltry five occasions when Wilshere has been on the pitch for the first whistle.
Lazio are the only side in Europe capable of claiming to be playing better than Arsenal at the moment, with goal difference alone dividing them at the summit of the continent’s form table.
The Gunners’ scintillating run of ten consecutive domestic wins threatens to be destabilised with Wilshere fringing on a return to the fold, so don’t rule out FA Cup semi-final success for Reading.