Arsene Wenger: Jack Wilshere has 'no handbrake' and is prone to injury because of the way he plays - but we can't change that

Wilshere is out for between four and eight weeks with another ankle problem

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Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere will always be prone to injury because of his style of play - but the Arsenal manager does not want him to change.

The England midfielder, 23, is out for between four and eight weeks after suffering a hairline fracture of his ankle in training before the Community Shiled win.

He missed five months of the season last year, playing just 23 matches in all competitions, and has not played more than 25 games in the Premier League since the 2010-11 season.

But Wenger argues that if Wilshere changed his game he would lose one of his biggest strengths - his dribbling skills.

"Jack's game is to provoke with the ball at his feet and go and penetrate,' said Wenger. "You take that away, you change the player and you take one of his biggest strengths out.

"We are all programmed through our education to deal with situations in a way we are used to. With age and experience, we use our qualities in a more efficient way but we do not change the way we play.

"When he was younger (he was too brave). When he was 17 I told him sometimes, 'You do not need to go in there.

"I think Jack has a born football brain and a creative brain. He has no handbrake."