When images appeared in newspapers and online of Jack Wilshere reportedly involved in a 3am nightclub row, everyone feared the worst.
The midfielder hasn’t featured all season due to an injury picked up in pre-season and resumed to full-training last week, ahead of a crucial few months for him.
Arsenal need him back as they attempt to overhaul Leicester as the top of the table, while he has seven Premier League matches to convince Roy Hodgson he deserves a place in his 23-man squad.
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Some people believed his Arsenal future could be in doubt after the incident. Wilshere’s previous misdemeanours include being arrested and, eventually, cautioned for a fight outside a nightclub six years ago and he has been photographed on three occasions in recent years smoking in public.
Arsene Wenger slammed Wilshere’s behaviour after seeing pictures of him smoking saying: "I disagree completely with that behaviour," he said. "I don't know really what happened, so I will need to have a chat with him about that,” per The Guardian.
"There are two things – first of all when you are a football player you are an example and as well you don't do what damages your health.”
So everyone was wondering how Wenger would react to the video of Wilshere being quizzed by police after a reported nightclub bust-up.
Surprisingly well, actually.
“I spoke to him,” Wenger said in a press conference, per The Mirror.
“It looks to be taken out of proportion a little bit and these are matters we like to keep internal.
“There was no training session the next day, he had a day off and you can accept the players go out and when they are free over the weekend and what is positive is he works very hard.”
The French manager has obviously spoken to the England international and seems satisfied with his version of events. However, his heart must have sank when he saw the images in the media on Monday morning.
Wenger also revealed that Wilshere will make his long-awaited return from a fibula injury tomorrow night for Arsenal Under 21’s against Newcastle at the Emirates.
When he picked up his injury, Wenger believed he would only be sidelined for a short amount of time. But numerous setbacks in his rehabilitation has seen the talented playmaker miss the entire campaign.
But now he's back playing again, Wilshere definitely needs to forget about this latest incident and work hard to get himself match-fit before the end of the season - for both club and country.