Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is still unsure how long midfielder Jack Wilshere will be missing from the team after making a brief return to the squad before almost immediately being forced to undergo further surgery on his ankle.

One thing is however certain and that is that the England international will be missing for the three lions Euro 2016 qualifier with Lithuania and a friendly match against Italy at the end of the month.

“I don’t know how long it will be before he returns because we have to respect the progression of his training,” Wenger said.

“It’s very difficult to give you a day today. It’s taken a bit longer and I don’t really know why at the moment.

“He had a little inflammation of his ankle, so we decided to do it [go ahead with surgery]. We had to rest him anyway, so we decided to get these screws off instead of doing it at the end of the season.”

The Arsenal manager did however have some better news regarding Mikel Arteta announcing that the Spaniard was now back to full training and should return to the first team in three weeks.

Wenger is also hopeful that he can get the former Everton player to sign a new contract adding: “I would like him to stay on, yes. He has a huge experience and is very important in the squad.”