Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere is 'motivated' to return to action

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Jack Wilshere's extra curricular habits have been in the headlines once more after he was pictured with a shisha pipe earlier this week, and Arsene Wenger says he is 'motivated' to move on and start playing again.

He's been out of action since November last year with an ankle injury, and is closing in on making a comeback.


The Frenchman said today: "He's motivated and focused to come back as quick as possible."

Sound familiar? Well, it should do. 

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This of course isn't the first time that Wilshere's indiscretions have made the front page - he's been caught smoking or appearing to smoke three times over the last two years. Last summer he was caught with a cigarette in hand and after vowing to kick the habit (how's that going, Jack?) said pretty much exactly the same thing as his boss.

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"[The incident] motivates me to try harder in training and not just in training," he said at the time.

Since his last bout of "motivation" Wilshere has played 33 Premier League games and scored four goals, while his performances have come in for criticism from some, including former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes.


'Jack Wilshere came on the scene and looked a top young player but he has never really gone on,' he said last year. 'He needs the characters like Vieira next to him to take him to the next level. He doesn't look any better player now than he did when he was 17.'

This term he's played just nine Premier League fixtures but is in with a chance of making Arsenal's squad for the FA Cup game against Middlesborough. Wenger insisted after the latest incident that Wilshre 'isn't a smoker' while England boss Roy Hodgson dismissed the story altogether.

Club matter

"As far as I am concerned that is a club matter and Arsène [Wenger] dealt with it very, very well," he said ahead of selecting his Three Lions squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania next month.

"If you are asking me, in an ideal world, is that an ideal thing to happen? Of course it isn’t but we don’t live in an ideal world. I am happy it has been dealt with and it won’t occupy a lot of my time with Jack when I see him because we have a football match to win.”

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