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Wilshere gets help from critic Scholes








15 May 2014
Last updated at
07:38













Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has sought advice on how to improve his game from Paul Scholes in the wake of the former Manchester United man criticising his lack of progress.

In March, Scholes claimed Wilshere, 22,

had not developed significantly as a player 

since making his debut in 2008.

“He was right in a certain way,” said Wilshere, who made his England debut at 18. “We had quite a good chat.

“He explained it a bit better and told me what he thought I should work on.”

Wilshere made 24 league appearances for Arsenal this season as the Gunners finished in the Champions League qualification spots for the 17th consecutive year.

Arsene Wenger’s side looked likely to launch a title challenge, but heavy defeats by Liverpool and Chelsea hampered their campaign.


A 2-2 draw with Swansea

prompted Scholes to be critical of both Arsenal and Wilshere while working as a pundit for Sky Sports, views which

Wenger strongly disagreed with.


“When I first burst onto the scene there was all this noise and then I got injured,” added Wilshere, who says he spoke to his family and contacted Gary Neville on Twitter after the criticism.

“There comes a time when you stop being a kid and I think that’s what Scholes is referring to.

“People say ‘he’s young, he’s got all this potential’. You have to start putting that potential in [to practice].”

Wenger, who made Wilshere Arsenal’s youngest ever league debutant aged 16 years and 256 days, said his “exceptional player” would “prove Scholes wrong”.

But since the criticism in late March Wilshere has only played once after

fracturing a foot on international duty

against Denmark, meaning he ended the season with three goals and four assists in 24 league appearances.

“I have had bad luck with injuries but I can’t keep saying I’ve been injured a lot,” added Wilshere, who is expected to feature when Arsenal meet Hull City in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley.

“This season I have improved a lot, scored a few more than I have in the past and got a few more assists.

“You can keep the ball and you can look good but it’s those stats that matter. That’s what I have to build on.”







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Wilshere fit for World Cup – Wenger








20 April 2014
Last updated at
10:28













Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told England boss Roy Hodgson that Jack Wilshere will be fit for the World Cup, which starts on 12 June.

Wilshere, 22, has been sidelined since suffering

a hairline fracture

in his foot playing for England on 5 March.

Hodgson names a provisional 30-man World Cup squad on 13 May and Wenger said: “I told him that Wilshere will be available. He will be just polished.

“He is starting to jog this week. I would think two to three weeks.”

That recovery period would also put Wilshere in contention for the FA Cup final on 17 May, when Arsenal face Hull.

The combative midfielder became Arsenal’s youngest league debutant when he came on as a substitute against Blackburn in September 2008 but has had some serious injuries since.

He sustained a

stress fracture

of his right ankle that ruled him out for 17 months and forced him to miss Euro 2012.

Last term Wilshere had

further ankle problems

and

needed surgery

at the end of the campaign, which caused him to miss England’s close-season friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

“Jack has been in and out this year, but I think they have sorted out the problem now,” Wenger said. “I hope from now on he will always be available.”

“England have a very difficult group. They have Italy and Uruguay in the group and they have to get out of it. Jack can be the positive surprise.”







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Jack Wilshere: Arsene Wenger backs midfielder’s World Cup bid








7 March 2014
Last updated at
13:15













Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will do “absolutely everything” for Jack Wilshere to play in this summer’s World Cup after the midfielder was ruled out for eight weeks with injury.

Wilshere, 22, fractured his left foot in

England’s 1-0 win over Denmark

and Wenger has given him time off, saying the injury is a “weight on his mind.”

“He [Wilshere] can only be very down, especially in the first few days,” said Wenger, who expects the player’s fellow midfielders Kim Kallstrom and Aaron Ramsey to be fit within a week.

Ramsey’s return after last playing on 26 December, along with

Kallstrom’s availability for the first time since joining on loan in January,

will aid Wenger’s options in Wilshere’s absence.

The England midfielder sustained the injury early on in the

win over the Danes

in what Wenger believes was an “accidental” challenge by Liverpool’s Daniel Agger.

A six-week absence was diagnosed but Wenger expects a further two will be needed to recapture full fitness, though he believes a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the World Cup is not in jeopardy for Wilshere.

“A fracture is a fracture, it is not muscular or a ligament,” said Wenger, 64. “Once it is healed, you do not have to have any restriction in your preparation.

“You want to encourage him to go to the World Cup – to go to a World Cup for a player is immense, and I will do absolutely everything so that he can get there.”

Wilshere, who missed Euro 2012 with an ankle injury, is yet to play in a major tournament for England and, despite making his senior debut in 2010, has only earned 15 caps, with injuries limiting his opportunities with the national side.

England manager Roy Hodgson will name a 23-man squad and seven standby names on 13 May, but Wilshere will miss key games for Arsenal before then.

After Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Everton, Arsenal face Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League tie.

The third-placed Gunners also face Premier League fixtures against Tottenham, Manchester City and leaders Chelsea in March as they seek to close a four-point gap on Jose Mourinho’s side.

In his news conference ahead of this weekend’s cup tie against the Toffees, Wenger also revealed Ramsey and Santi Cazorla are “very close” to signing new contracts.

The pair would join

Tomas Rosicky and Per Mertesacker

in committing their future to the Gunners.







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Jack Wilshere: Arsenal & England midfielder out for six weeks








6 March 2014
Last updated at
16:02













Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be sidelined for at least six weeks after fracturing his left foot.

The 22-year-old was injured in a challenge with Liverpool’s Daniel Agger in the 12th minute of

England’s 1-0 win over Denmark

on Wednesday.

He was eventually substituted in the 59th minute of the match at Wembley.

He will miss Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final with Everton and Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Bayern Munich.

Arsenal then have a north London derby with Tottenham at White Hart Lane the following Sunday and also play fellow title contenders Chelsea and Manchester City before the end of the month.

It was initially thought Wilshere had escaped serious damage after the Football Association carried out scans on Wednesday evening.

It emerged the fracture was so miniscule that the scanning equipment inside Wembley Stadium failed to detect it when the midfielder left the pitch.

A further examination by his club on Thursday discovered a crack in the navicular bone, which runs along the top of the foot.

The news will no doubt have been a huge surprise to Wilshere, who confidently told reporters after the Denmark match that he was fine before speaking of his desire to finish the season strongly with Arsenal.

“It is a bit sore, but just a bruise,” he said. “I have had a scan already and I will be all right.”

Arsenal will be compensated for the injury by the FA and will not have to pay for Wilshere’s wages while he is on the sidelines.

Wilshere’s career has been hampered by injuries, including a

stress fracture of his right ankle

that ruled him out for the 2011-12 campaign and forced him to miss Euro 2012.

He has played 41 games for club and country this season, but

served a two-game ban

in December for an abusive hand gesture.

Television pictures appeared to show him raising a finger towards the crowd during the 6-3 defeat by Manchester City.







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Jack Wilshere: Arsenal player explains reason for gesture








24 December 2013
Last updated at
13:25













Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says the abusive hand gesture he aimed at Manchester City fans came as a result of jibes about his children.

Wilshere, 21, sat out

Monday’s draw with Chelsea

and misses the trip to West Ham after landing a

two-game ban.

“Suppose I will just have to take the abuse about my kids in future,”

he tweeted. 

“Anyway, one more game to go! Can’t wait to be back.”

Wilshere will return for Arsenal’s match at Newcastle on 29 December.

Arsenal were beaten 6-3 by City at the Etihad and the Football Association suspended Wilshere after viewing the incident retrospectively.

In another tweet,

Wilshere added: 

“Gutted not to be involved last night!

“Shouldn’t of reacted the way I did but I know all you dads out there love your kids the way I do.”







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