Jack Wilshere has backing of Arsene Wenger after smoking incident

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed the details of his conversation with Arsene Wenger after pictures emerged of him smoking on holiday in Las Vegas this summer. (The Telegraph)

The 22-year-old has been criticised in recent months for so far failing to fulfil his potential, and pundits hit out at the England international again when photos appeared proving that Wilshere has been unable to kick the habit.

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However, the Gunners youngster said that a stern warning from Wenger has forced him to buck up his ideas this season, and was the motivation behind his early return to pre-season training to prove he is serious about improving.

"I spoke with the boss after the first time and he was accepting, saying: 'I'm French and I've been on a team bus with French players who are smoking,'" Wilshere explained.

"But the second time it was: 'Look, come on Jack. This is a big season for you.' I knew that already," he admitted.

Arsenal gossip:

Arsenal have moved to activate the €12 million release clause of Barcelona starlet Sergi Samper, only to see the youngster turn down the opportunity to move to the Emirates in favour of staying to work with Luis Enrique at Camp Nou. (El Mundo Deportivo)

Although the transfer window is closed Arsene Wenger is still looking for additions to his squad, and was hoping to raid Barcelona's famed youth academy again - just like he did with Cesc Fabregas all those years ago.

Sporting Lisbon president Bruno de Carvalho will use the Soccerex conference in Manchester to generate interest in the Portuguese club's prized asset William Carvalho, who was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal this summer. (Record)

The 22-year-old is highly fancied by Arsene Wenger, despite the fact he decided against trying to lure him to the Emirates, but could still be hoping to sign him at some point in the future.

Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo has revealed he is struggling to cope with the physicality of the Premier League and that it is "not easy" to lead the line in north London. (The Telegraph)

The 21-year-old is yet to score a competitive goal since joining from Auxerre last summer in 17 appearances but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has faith the young Frenchman will come good.

Arsenal are set for disappointment in their alleged pursuit of Italy international Antonio Candreva after Lazio ramped up their interest to keep the midfielder in Serie 'A'. (Daily Star)

The 27-year-old was heavily linked with a move away during the summer transfer window, but is now set to be offered a bumper new contract to remain at Stadio Olimpico.

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