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Wenger will wait for Wilshere

Arsene Wenger is willing to give Jack Wilshere all the time he needs to return from injury after describing the midfielder as a “special talent”.

Wilshere has started just 10 Premier League matches in the past 10 months due to a number of ankle problems and a broken leg suffered in the final days of pre-season.

But Wenger is determined to see the 23-year-old fulfil his potential and he is happy to give him all the time he needs to return.

“I am an optimist,” Wenger replied in response to questions about Wilshere’s reliability.

“I always think: ‘Okay, it’s true that he hasn’t played many games in recent years’. I hope at some stage that will stop because he is young and I hope I’m right.

“He is a special case because he is a special talent and he comes out of the club. And he is an England international and I hope his injuries will stop at some stage.”

Some reports in recent weeks have suggested that the midfielder could miss the remainder of the season but Wenger has dismissed these as untrue and believes he will be back at the end of February.

The England international still has two years left on his contract at the Emirates and the Frenchman is hopeful that he will be an Arsenal player for many years to come.

“He has two years left and I want Jack to stay here,” Wenger added.

“When you love football and at his age, when you wake up in the morning and you can’t practice that’s terrible.

“They need support and I try to give it to him. But he is strong and he is dealing with that. He started at 17 and played every single game and suddenly it stopped. So I believe that can make you stronger.


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