Twenty-two minutes against FC Cologne in the Europa League, many more minutes tonight against Doncaster Rovers, step by step, this is how Arsene Wenger is taking the Jack Wilshere situation, with the English midfielder still trying to become perfectly match-fit.
He is a special player, but we are all the same in that you need health to work — I need health to work and a football player needs to be healthy to play
the Arsenal manager told reporters ahead of their EFL Cup match.
I gave Jack his start at 17 years of age. That means I am convinced — you have to be convinced, to play a boy at 17 years of age, that he is a special player
Wenger then said, reminding everyone that he is the one who brought Wilshere to the spotlight at a very early age.
If you ask me, ‘Is he back to his full, 100 per cent potential?’, I would say no. But he’s not far away. The rest now can only be gained by competition. That’s why I believe that these kind of games [Europa League and EFL Cup] are very important for Jack at the moment
the Frenchman also said, adding
he is focused, he is working hard and he is absolutely determined to get his place back in the team. There is a big fight there, and that’s what we want. It’s a dream for all of us to see him fulfill his potential.