Wenger: I pray Jack Wilshere can stay injury free

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After a superb first half, and a very good overall display, Jack Wilshere got another 90 minutes under his belt for Arsenal, and showed some real moments of quality throughout.

The midfielder stood out during the 4-2 win over BATE Borisov, grabbing an assist for Theo Walcott, and now that he’s building up his match fitness should start knocking on the door for Premier League games too.

We all know Arsene Wenger is a huge fan of his talent, but has said his future depends on his fitness – and the Arsenal manager says he’s praying Jack can stay fit.

“He had an outstanding first half and he did fight until the end,” said Wenger. “I think he is on a good way back to his best. He has shown that tonight.

He is at an age where a player normally gets to the best of his career,” he said. He is on the way up and he has only been stopped by a series of injuries.

“Hopefully, I just pray that he is not hampered anymore by any problems and then we will see him getting stronger and stronger.

“He has shown again tonight that he has not lost his football.”

It’d be good to see him stay fit, because if he does he can add something to this team, particularly in the continued absence of Santi Cazorla.

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