Arsene Wenger does not doubt star forward's desire to play

Arsene Wenger does not doubt star forward's desire to play

It has been over a year since Wilshere made his last England appearance; that came at Euro 2016 as the Three Lions were embarrassingly knocked out of the tournament by Iceland.

While Wilshere had to be carefully managed at the start of a season, following an injury-curtailed loan spell at Bournemouth a year ago, Wenger said that was no longer the case, and that he was as fit as anyone in his squad.

"It staggers me that a club like Arsenal has allowed their star players to run their contracts down to that extent", he said.

Wenger has picked Wilshere six times for Arsenal this season, nearly exclusively in the cup competitions, and the manager feels that the midfielder has found an encouraging groove. The Frenchman further added "I think he is coming back stronger physically". I would encourage him to do it.

Speaking ahead of his side's Europa League clash with Red Star Belgrade on Thursday (2 November), Wenger was quizzed on the latest reports concerning one of the club's transfer targets. For the past three weeks the manager has been able to treat him like every other member of his squad in terms of training and conditioning work.




"I can only repeat what I personally think: I don't know how you can keep a super-fit Jack out of the England squad", Wenger continued. Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud will also feature in a team that is a mix of youth and experience. We can qualify tomorrow and if we win we will qualify as top of the group and that is important.

The Gunners boss said: "We are all very pleased for him here because he has gone through some very hard moments with setback".

"I must say that I am pleased with the quality of our performances in every single competition". He doesn't need special treatment.

'If you look at the number of minutes played by all of these players since the start of the season many of them are in a very competitive shape which should be an advantage for us for the rest of the season'. He is tireless in midfield, covering more ground than any other Arsenal player in each of his last four starts.

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