Arsene Wenger sends clear message to Arsenal fans about Jack Wilshere
Arsene Wenger delivers the latest news on Jack Wilshere's situation at Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is still deciding whether Jack Wilshere is ready to return to Premier League action for Arsenal.
The midfielder played the full 90 minutes as Arsenal secured a 1-0 win over Doncaster at The Emirates on Wednesday night to book their place in the fourth round of the League Cup.
Wilshere was sent out on loan to Bournemouth last season after struggling with a number of serious injuries over the years with the Gunners.
He is now back at The Emirates as he bids to try and win back a place in the first team under Wenger.
And although Wenger admits that he is pleased to see Wilshere back in action for the north London side, he says that the midfielder must bide his time as he bids to break back into the first team.
Speaking at his post-match news conference, Wenger said: “I wanted to leave him on to give him 90 minutes and overall I think it was an ideal game for him tonight to gain confidence and fitness.
“We’ll see after that how he will respond, normally he’s alright after the game.I think you have to put this game into perspective as well – it has not exactly the intensity of a Premier League game, but it’s important for him to build him up gradually.
“For me, he is available now to play and the decision I have to make is when to play him, but I think this kind of game in its 90 minutes at that intensity repeated and then he will soon be back.
“You see that in his movement it is natural and after that everybody is looking at him because, of course, everybody expects him to come back to his best – and I wish that as well.”
Arsenal return to Premier League action on Monday night when they host West Brom at The Emirates.
The Gunners are aiming to return to winning ways in the Premier League after their goalless draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
Wenger’s men have only won two of their opening five Premier League games so far this term.