Wenger will speak to Wilshere

Arsene Wenger will speak to Jack Wilshere before passing judgement on his midfielder's latest smoking incident.

Last Updated: 19/07/14 at 19:03 Post Comment

Jack Wilshere: Fitness key to this season, according to Arsene Wenger

Jack Wilshere: Fitness key to this season, according to Arsene Wenger

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Wilshere was pictured holding a cigar during a post-World Cup holiday in Las Vegas, while another photo showed a friend holding a cigarette to the England star's lips.

Wenger reprimanded Wilshere for smoking last season, but the Arsenal manager stopped short of condemning the player again in the aftermath of his side's first pre-season game.

"I haven't spoken to him so it's very difficult for me to make any statement," Wenger said after a 2-0 win at Boreham Wood.

"I know what you can make of pictures, so I have to speak to him to see what really happened before I come out publicly.

"I'm not deeply concerned, I just want to know what happened and before I know what happened I don't want to talk too much about it."

Wilshere was again hampered by injury at times last season and faced criticism from Paul Scholes, who claimed his game has not developed since he broke into the Arsenal team as a 16-year-old.

And Wenger reckons fitness is key to Wilshere making a step forward over the coming year.

"Jack's at an age where you want him to move forward," he said. "It's important for him to have a good preparation and focus on getting really fit.

"He's a great player, he has a football brain and he's ambitious. I'm sure if he can be injury-free he'll have a great season."

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ood lord that's got me unnecessarily excited. Damn you Storey. Cut to Liverpool being crushed under the wheels of Sparky's Stoke Machine and Firmino brought off the bench to no effect. It's the hope that kills you.

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o Schweini? Have to admit that I did a little sex wee when we signed him and I can't wait to see him in action!!!

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think he'll do quite well. My only reservation would be Kagawa, who had similar stats to Firmino in the bundesliga before he came, but time will tell.

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