As Jack Wilshere joins up with the England squad today, manager Roy Hodgson has reiterated his pledge to Arsene Wenger not to use the midfielder for the whole game.
Arsene Wenger expressed his concern over Wilshere’s call up last week, but spoke of his ‘understanding’ with the England boss. And speaking ahead of the game on Wednesday, Hodgson revealed that the midfielder would be used relatively sparingly.
“I am aware of Arsene’s concerns, which I fully understand as he needs to look after a player who has been out for a length of time,” he said. “But Jack is an important player for us and now he is fit and playing and available for selection, he understands we are going to put him in the squad.
“He trusts me to make certain I look after him. I have made it clear if he plays in this game it will be part of the game and won’t be a case of him starting the game and playing 90 minutes, which might be a bit much for him at international level at this moment.”
Meanwhile, Santi Cazorla has expressed surprise that Mikel Arteta has yet to be called up to the Spanish squad.
“I’m really surprised he has never been called up,” Cazorla said. “He’s performing incredibly well. He had a number of good seasons for Everton and now he’s vice-captain at Arsenal. He should have been given the chance.
“It’s difficult because there is a lot of competition in that position and they are all great players but I’m still surprised he has never been given the opportunity.”
Arsenal fans won’t be too unhappy though, it’ll save him schlepping all the way to Panama this week, something Cazorla has to contend with ahead of this weekend’s North London derby.
And when you consider he’s looked a bit tired since the last Interlull, it’s hardly ideal from an Arsenal point of view.4,266 views