Arsene Wenger: Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere is 90% fit

Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere is "90 per cent" fit as the Arsenal midfielder looks to rediscover his top form this season

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Jack Wilshere made 33 appearances for Arsenal last season Photo: Nike

Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere is “90 per cent” fit as the Arsenal midfielder looks to rediscover his top form.

The England international missed the whole of the 2011-12 season due to knee and ankle problems but returned to action and made 33 appearances for the Gunners last season.

Wenger opted to leave Wilshere on the bench for Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Fulham on Saturday – but insists that decision was simply to give the 21-year-old a breather after a busy start to the campaign.

“He was a bit tired [before the Fulham game] but it was more about giving him a rest,” said Wenger.

“He could have played but it made sense to give him a breather because we’re playing every three days at the moment. He is not 100 per cent yet, but he is 90 per cent.

“I’m a bit cautious because he’s had a few operations. I don’t want to make a mistake on the medical front and overuse him because the ankle is the most important part of any football player.

“I take always medical advice. If the ankle is not inflamed, if he has no pain, then we would not rest the player. If they say there is a little inflamed ankle, we would say ‘OK, let’s not [play him]. I do that with medical advice.

“I would be a bit more cautious with Jack [than with others]. Until we feel he is completely free from any risk, of course.”

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