Arsene Wenger feels responsible for the injury-plagued careers of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere

Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere of Arsenal
Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere of Arsenal - IMAGO / Sportimage

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has now taken responsibility for the injury-riddled careers of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey.

Both players have struggled with niggling injuries throughout their careers and Wilshere, in particular, has been a massive disappointment after exploding into the Arsenal first-team scene as one of England’s most promising young talents.

Ramsey is currently playing for Juventus despite his injury problems but Wilshere has been without a club since leaving Bournemouth at the end of last season.

The 29-year-old was tipped to develop into one of the best English midfielders of his generation but injuries robbed him of his tremendous potential and Wenger admitted that he feels responsible for the injury struggles of the two midfielders who were constantly sidelined early on in their careers.

The French manager also revealed that the technically gifted midfielders were fouled quite often before the arrival of VAR and the players did not get proper protection from the officials and the media.

Wenger believes that the introduction of VAR has brought more respect for offensive football and players can no longer get away with making unfair challenges on opposition players.

In an interview with The Telegraph, he said. “I see more positivity. Before there was more kicking and I must say the media allowed that. The VAR has brought more respect for the offensive game.

“Sometimes the more technical guys were kicked. Why? It was not very encouraging. We have moved forward from that.

“We always tried. It was a frustration sometimes. When I look back at players like Wilshere, Ramsey who have been injured early in their career and when you are a manager you feel very responsible for that.”

Recently there have been murmurs that Wilshere could start training with Arsenal in order to improve his fitness levels and it will be interesting to see if the former England international can find a new club soon.