England need Wilshere: Wenger backs Jack


Arsene Wenger says that Jack Wilshere will get the games he needs at Arsenal this season to force his way into contention for England’s World Cup squad.

Gareth Southgate’s pedestrian side really do lack craft in midfield, and a fit Wilshere could go a long way to addressing that issue.

Despite reports suggesting he could leave in January for more regular football, the Arsenal manager insisted he’d have opportunities to play regularly as long as he stayed fit.

“I believe Jack at the moment is in the best form I’ve seen him for a long time,” he said

“He’s very close now to being considered like everybody else. Overall, he doesn’t necessarily have to leave Arsenal to go to the World Cup.

“If he keeps going like he’s going at the moment he will go to the World Cup, I’m sure, because I don’t see Jack being fully fit and not going to the World Cup.

“He played games already for us, since the start of the season, and he’ll play many more.”

Asked if England needed him and his qualities, Wenger said, “Of course. Jack is certainly more a number 10 than any other player.

“He can open spaces, can play in tight areas, can get out of tight areas as well.”

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