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15 July 2017

Arsene Wenger expects Jack Wilshere to stay at Arsenal but warns midfielder he faces a battle for game time

JACK WILSHERE faces a massive fight to force his way back into Arsene Wenger’s plans.

The England midfielder was loaned out to Bournemouth last season but is back at Arsenal recovering from a fractured leg.

Jack Wilshere has been tipped to stay at Arsenal
Midfield ace Jack Wilshere has been tipped to stay at Arsenal
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Arsene Wenger warned Wilshere ha faces a fight to play
Arsene Wenger warned Wilshere he faces a fight to play
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Gunners boss Wenger said: “When he returns, he won’t be far from practising with the team.

“He has to work hard to come back and fight for a place in the team.”

But Wenger believes Wilshere, 25, will still be at the Emirates for the forthcoming campaign.

He added: “I think Jack will be with Arsenal next season, yes.”

Meanwhile, Wilshere’s Gunners team-mate Alex Iwobi has revealed how England failed in a last-ditch bid to stop him  playing for Nigeria.

The 21-year-old represented the Three Lions at youth level before he decided in 2015 to play international football for the country of his birth.

Jack Wilshere was doing well at Bournemouth before his injury curse struck
Jack Wilshere was doing well at Bournemouth before his injury curse struck
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England international Wilshere suffered a hairline fracture against Tottenham
England international Wilshere suffered a hairline fracture against Tottenham
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He said: “As I was about to play my first match for Nigeria, Roy Hodgson was in contact with Arsenal saying ‘We’d like him to get involved with the Under-21s’.

“But my mind was made up. It’s my decision.”

Alex Iwobi has revealed he rejected a late plea from England before deciding to play for Nigeria
Alex Iwobi has revealed he rejected a late plea from England before deciding to play for Nigeria
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Iwobi is looking to play more for Arsenal this term and hopes to match the form he showed in his breakthrough season two years ago.

He insisted: “I have a point to prove.”


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