Arsene Wenger: Wilshere should be rested against Moldova

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told Roy Hodgson to rest Jack Wilshere for England's upcoming clash against Moldova.

The Arsenal chief believes Wilshere should miss England's home match against Moldova on September 6 so he can play in the Three Lions' crucial away match against Ukraine.

The 21-year-old started on the bench for Arsenal in their 3-1 win over Fulham, but came on for the last 20 minutes.

Wenger decided against playing him from the start as Wilshere played the full 90 minutes in Arsenal's midweek Champions League qualifier against Fenerbahce.

“Jack is not 100 per cent yet and I am a bit cautious because I don’t want to make a mistake on the medical front and overuse him," Wenger told the Daily Mail.

“The key game coming up for England is Ukraine away in two weeks. So don’t play him against Moldova next Friday.”

Wenger is using his star midfielder with caution after Wilshere missed a large chunk of last season due to an ankle injury.

Despite the Arsenal manager's worries, Wilshere is likely to play from the start on Sunday as the Gunners face north London rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium.

Hodgson will now have a major decision to make as he will not want to upset Wenger considering Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson could all be called up by the former West Brom boss during the course of the season.

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