Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wenger Offered First Team Experience to Wilshere

Arsene Wenger has told Jack Wilshere he can be part of Arsenal's first-team plans if he impresses in pre-season.

Wilshere, 18, was tipped as an outsider for England's World Cup squad after his pre-season performances a year ago, and he has made a positive contribution in the recent friendlies with Barnet and Sturm Graz.

However, Wenger allowed the player to join Bolton on loan in January and, with Owen Coyle keen to take the player back to the Reebok Stadium on another temporary deal, the midfielder has been challenged to seize his chance this summer.

"At the moment, I want Jack to gain experience and, if possible, at Arsenal," he said in the Sun. "I will give him a chance to play - now.

"I want to see if he can integrate with the first team. Of course, I will make that decision later (next month). Ideally, it is better that he gains experience with us.

"Jack has done well. I am keen not to create too much hype around the young English players because they need to work hard. We do have outstanding English talent at this club, though."

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