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Arsene Wenger explains why Jack Wilshere keeps getting injured

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Arsene Wenger has suggested that Jack Wilshere will always be at risk of ankle injuries because of the way he plays football.

The 23-year-old has had the early parts of his career severely blighted by a number of injuries to both his left and right ankle.

Plenty of critics have put this proneness down to Wilshere's boisterous lifestyle while others assume that any subsequent problem is related to the serious injury that saw him miss 14 months between 2011 and 2012.

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His latest injury, a hairline fracture to his lower fibula, is set to keep him out for at least four weeks and was caused by a late tackle from Arsenal defender Gabriel in a routine training session.

It came as the result of Wilshere's playing style rather than a lack of fitness or an underlying, long-term problem. Unfortunately, Wenger believes that Wilshere may have to get used to these types of injuries unless he manages to change the way he plays.

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"I think Jack has a born football brain and a creative brain. He has no handbrake"

A born football brain

"Jack's game is to provoke with the ball at his feet and go and penetrate," the French boss told reporters.

"You take that away, you change the player and you take one of his biggest strengths out.

"We are all programmed through our education to deal with situations in a way we are used to. With age and experience, we use our qualities in a more efficient way but we do not change the way we play.

"When he was younger (he was too brave). When he was 17 I told him sometimes, 'You do not need to go in there'.

"I think Jack has a born football brain and a creative brain. He has no handbrake."

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