Arsene Wenger insists Jack Wilshere is going nowhere in the summer - unless it's on international duty with England.

Gunners midfielder Wilshere, who has been out of first-team action with an ankle injury since November, has been linked with a £25million close-season switch to Manchester City.

But Wenger is adamant he has no plans to cash-in on his injury-prone playmaker, 23, as the Three Lions star remains a vital, long-term cog in The Emirates machine.

Should England want him for their showdowns against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia in June, Wilshere will join up with Roy Hodgson's squad with his club manager's full blessing.

However, when it comes to City's pursuit of Wilshere - first revealed in the Daily Star Sunday in January - Wenger declared any bid would be a waste of time.

The Frenchman, whose side face Hull tomorrow, said: "Jack is an Arsenal player and the success of this club in future years will ­depend on how well the young ­players educated here do.

"He is very much a part of that ­future.

"But I will be happy if he gets called up by England in the summer because he needs the competition and the games.

"I will be careful with him, of course, but he will play again for us this season.

"Every day he is getting stronger. He's getting back to the right level and this week was the first where he has looked sharp again."

Even when Wilshere is fully fit, there is no guarantee he will walk straight into an Arsenal side which has won 17 of their last 20 matches in all competitions.

And he need only look at the club's other England stars currently warming the bench to appreciate that.

Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Kieran Gibbs and Calum Chambers have all been limited to cameo roles during Arsenal's great run of form.

Wenger understands the frustration of his fringe players, but warns each and every one of them has to expect to fight for a place.

He added: "It's difficult to get into this team just now. I have 25 players, are all desperate to play.

"Players come back and always think they're ready but it takes them much longer than they think.

"In the Premier League, small fractions make a big difference."

With Wilshere having spent more time on the treatment table than on the pitch during the last four years, fears persist he may never fulfill his huge potential.

But Wenger is unconcerned by such talk, although he reckons Wilshere, who has made only 95 appearances for Arsenal in the Premier League since his debut in September 2008, ­requires two injury-free campaigns to believe his troubles are over.

"In our job you need to trust your body," said Wenger. "Jack needs one or two seasons without any problems to get his confidence back."

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