Jack Wilshere smoking: Arsene Wenger wants to speak to the midfielder this week ahead of make-or-break season
The 22-year-old was photographed was pictured with a cigarette for a second time this week while on holiday
Saturday 19 July 2014
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger wants to speak to Jack Wilshere this week after the England midfielder attracted negative headlines this week – and believes the coming season could be pivotal if the player is to reach his full potential.
Wilshere was criticised by his manager last season after he was pictured smoking a cigarette outside a nightclub and, in the aftermath, pledged it would not happen again.
But the 22-year-old was photographed smoking again this week while on holiday, and Wenger, while not overly concerned, wants to find out what exactly happened. “I haven’t spoken to him so it’s very difficult for me to make any statement,” said the manager. “I know what you can make of pictures – I have to speak to him really to see what happened before I come out publicly.
“I’m not deeply concerned by it. I just want to know what happened and before I know what happened, I don’t want to talk too much about it.”
A common consensus is that Wilshere’s career has stalled over recent years, with injury and fluctuating form taking a hold.
Wenger will speak to the player this week but insists next season could be an important one for him. “He’s at an age where you want him to move forward,” he said. “He has the potential. I believe for him, the most important [thing] now is to have a good preparation and focus on getting really fit.
“Jack is a great player – he has a football brain and he’s ambitious. I’m sure that [if] he’s injury free, he will have a great season.”
Wenger has signed the France full-back Mathieu Debuchy and the Chile striker Alexis Sanchez this summer and says more new faces will arrive.
Latest in Sport
Hector Bellerin: How saying no to Barcelona paid off for Bellerin - and Arsenal
Paul Scholes column: With Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
'I am the president of everybody': What Sepp Blatter said after winning re-election as Fifa president
Fifa bomb threat: Swiss authorities confirm a bomb threat has been made at the Fifa Congress
Michel Platini to consider pulling England and other Uefa members out of the World Cup if Sepp Blatter wins Fifa election
- 1 Saudi Arabia mosque bombing: Two volunteer security guards hailed as heroes for stopping Isis suicide bomber reaching worshippers
- 2 Maisie Williams has an excellent message for one confused fan
- 3 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 4 Tampon tax scrapped in Canada after petition convinces conservative government
- 5 Kate Moss on the naked Calvin Klein shoot and the obsession that ended her relationship
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'