If there’s two things that can be said about Arsene Wenger it’s that A) He’s a man who stays true to his word and his principles, and B) He’s a firm believer in the idea that a a players off the pitch preparation is the overriding factor when it comes to how he plays on it.
That’s why Jack Wilshere may well have taken a step too far when he was pictured smoking for the second time in nine months recently, and could pay the price when he returns.
The Independent claims that the midfielder will not be punished in any formal manner by his boss, but that he will be given the dreaded final warning which states in no uncertain terms that he has to clean up his act or prepare for life away from The Emirates.
Wenger is said to be fuming with Wilshere for bringing negative press to the side before the season has even kicked off, and the England international appears to be one bad move away from being replaced.
Despite having always been seen as the darling of Arsenal's first-team since his arrival, question marks have been raised recently over the 22-year-old's ability to consistently perform when it matters most, and some believe that he may not reach the level of ability his potential promised in the early stages of his career.
Making headlines for the wrong reasons is never going to help, and Wilshere will now have to work doubly hard in order to prove to Wenger that he is the complete package.
Khedira on brink of move?
Of course his situation isn’t helped by the fact that Sami Khedira appears on the verge of a move to north London, with Spanish sources having claimed that a fee of £19.8million has been accepted by Real Madrid. Wenger wants the German star to act as an anchor in his midfield, and the 27-year-old could well put Wilshere’s position under further duress.
Despite initial reports claiming that Arsenal were unwilling to meet Khedira's wage demands it would seem that they are now ready to attempt to come to some sort of compromise, perhaps because Wenger realises his side could easily become title challengers next season if they can get hold of the sort of muscle that the Madrid man brings with his game.
For the full story watch the video above. Arsenal fans, do you think Khedira would ever replace Wilshere?