Arsene Wenger doubts that Jack Wilshere will be able to adapt his game despite suffering a series of injuries that have stopped his progress.
Along with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, Wilshere is another whose contract expires next summer and the 25-year-old must prove his fitness.
Wenger said he expected Wilshere to go to the World Cup with England if he could avoid injury this season and believes the midfielder is now ready for Premier League action.
“If the competition was less ferocious, he is ready to play. I wouldn’t be scared to play him,” Wenger said.
“What I mean is that when I go to Europa League, people think I give the same importance. In the Premier League he can play, he is nearly back to his best now.”
Wenger added, however, that Wilshere would never be able to reduce his intensity.
“It is part of his game. You cannot ask a guy not to go into any contact,” Wenger said.
“I believe it his strength. His strength is to turn the game forward and have acceleration individually or with the ball. Sometimes when he accelerates individually he pushes the ball too far and gets confronted.
“I watched him when he played against Barcelona, or when he was 17 or 18, and you see straight away that he had that from the start, that turn, take the game forward and give that little burst which makes the difference.”