Arsenal boss Wenger careful with Wilshere fitness

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen to manage Jack Wilshere more carefully in the remaining weeks of the season.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen to manage Jack Wilshere more carefully in the remaining weeks of the season.

The midfielder came off the bench and played the last 20 minutes as Arsenal battled to victory over Fulham.

"He was in a bit [of pain] after the game but I just felt we had to stop him because of inflammation last time and I just felt to give him three games in six days would be too much,” Wenger told arsenal.com.

“Now he has a break until next Sunday and that is different so he will be available. There is no basic ankle problem.

“I do not want to go into a vicious circle again when I play him, I play him, I play him and then suddenly… I think coming back after six weeks out, two games in a week was enough.

“I don’t want the game in England to lose the commitment and combative side. But Jack has a game that is based on dribbling so he is more exposed to kicks than players who are just passing players. You don’t want him to lose that because that is his strength.”

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