WILSHERE RULED OUT
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will definitely not be taking part in the London Olympics 2012 according to Team GB manager Stuart Pearce. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been highly critical of the decision to include Jack Wilshere in the preliminary squad for the London Olympics 2012. Arsenal have powers only to stop players above the age of 23 from going to the Olympics tournament according to the FIFA rules. The 20-year-old Jack Wilshere has not played for the club since the end of last season when he injured his knee. He suffered a major setback back in January in his attempts to come back as soon as possible.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently confirmed that he expects Jack Wilshere to be back in the Arsenal first team only in the first few weeks of the new season. This would effectively ruled him out of the London Olympics 2012, which is being viewed as a major opportunity for Team GB to stake a claim in the history. A number of high profile players like Ryan Giggs and David Beckham have also expressed their desire to be part of the team as one among the three overage players who can be allowed to play for the teams.
Wenger has repeatedly stated that the pre-season will be a crucial aspect in helping Jack Wilshere reaching his full fitness after being out with an injury for such a long time. Stuart Pearce will be confirming the final squad for the London Olympics 2012 on July 6. It is highly unlikely that Jack Wilshere will make it into first team action by then. He has already missed out on the chance to participate at the Europe 2012, which was expected to bring the best out of him. Wenger, though expects Wilshere to be fit for the new season.