Arsenal have denied the rumours that Jack Wilshere previously failed a drugs test at the club.
Wilshere was injured for the entire season after initialy suffering a stress fracture during pre-season that resulted in persistent setbacks. The 20-year-old was also ruled out of England’s Euro 2012 tournament and Team GB’s Olympic Games squad.
Rumours were circulating on social networking sites such as Twitter that the midfielder had no played for the Gunners due to a failed drugs test. However Arsenal were quick to quash the bogus whispers.
The club released a short statement in The Sun, saying:
“The rumoured reason on social networks behind Jack’s absence this past season is entirely fabricated and false.”
The paper also said that the club were seeking legal advice over the matter.
The last time Wilshere appeared in an Arsenal shirt was during their Emirates Cup friendly with the New York Red Bulls back on July 31.
Wilshere proved a big miss for the Gunners last season after such an impressive campaign the year before including a performance that saw him boss the Barcelona midfield in the Champions League.
Arsene Wenger has been unable to select arguably his strongest midfield trio of Wilshere, Alex Song and last year’s deadline day signing Mikel Arteta and it would be interesting to see what sort of role the 20-year-old would get in the team.
Before the arrival of the Spaniard, Wilshere often shared defensive responsibilities with Song which allowed then-skipper Cesc Fabregas a free role in attack.
Since Arteta has arrived at the Emirates he has proved to be more of a holding midfielder, organising the team as allowing Song to meander forward and join up with the attack. So add Wilshere back into the picture and it could be interesting to see what Wenger would do.
To add to his decisions, he also has the developing Aaron Ramsey and the Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky, who has enjoyed the best form of his Arsenal career as of late.