Jack Wilshere

Arsenal are waiting for an update on Jack Wilshere, who has suffered an ankle injury on international duty in England's game against Germany, according to the Daily Mail.

The midfielder came on as a second half substitute but was seen walking gingerly as the teams came off, creating unrest in the Arsenal training ground, who are already down with a series of injuries.

There is further discontent among the Gunners as Arsene Wenger had categorically asked Roy Hodgson to rest the 21-year-old but his words went unheeded. The players have returned to training following the break and Arsenal will now monitor his progress and decide if he is fit enough to make the squad in their crucial game against third placed Southampton this weekend.

Arsenal will be boosted by the fact that Theo Walcott is set to start against his former club after returning from an abdominal injury for which he had to undergo surgery.

Lukas Podolski is also closing in on a return and should be available before the end of the month. Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey, who had missed Wales' game against Finland with a tight hamstring is also fit and will be available for selection against the Saints.

The likes of Mesut Ozil, Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky have all had a rest while most players on international duty have managed to return unscathed.

Meanwhile, Wilshere is not sure if his place in the world cup squad is guaranteed and expects competition from Ravel Morrison if the former Manchester United man can maintain his current form till May.

The 21-year-old has been a bit part player for the Gunners this season and has been used in a variety of positions given Arsenal's injury problems and Wenger's array of riches in the midfield department.

"You have seen the talent there is over the last couple of months - even in the Under 21s with Ravel Morrison and all these players coming through. You are never guaranteed, and cannot rest on your laurels. You are only as good as your last game, they say, so when the time comes, I have to be on top form, and there will be a lot of players looking to be as well,"Wilshere said.