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6pm deadline for Jack Wilshere to decide over FA charge

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere must decide by 6pm tonight if he will accept a charge from the Football Association over an alleged gesture made towards Manchester City fans. It could see him handed a one-match ban and fine.

Jack Wilshere Credit: Press Association

Television cameras picked up Wilshere raising his middle finger in the direction of home supporters at the Etihad Stadium during the second half of the Gunners' 6-3 defeat.

Wenger's loyalty 'get the best' out of young talent

Jack Wilshere also praised Arsene Wenger as the driving force behind his blossoming Arsenal and England career. He said Wenger's loyalty helps get the best out of Arsenal's young talent, adding:

"He's been the main person in my career: he gave me a chance when I was 16. He gave me special care, put his arm around me, he picked me out and gave me the chance to train with the first team every day and that helped my career massively, just learning from the way they play."

Southampton's Dani Osvaldo holds off a challenge from Jack Wilshere Credit: Press Association

Jack Wilshere continued: "Sending me on loan to Bolton, learning to play the Premier League way, that was important too. Some games I didn't play well but he still stuck with me when I made mistakes. If you make mistakes he sticks with you, and that's huge."


Wilshere: Cesc Fabregas 'Arsenal's biggest loss'

Jack Wilshere says Cesc Fabregas has been Arsenal's biggest loss in the transfer market. The midfielder admitted he was "really upset" Fabregas swapped Arsenal for Barcelona in 2011.

Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas during the UEFA Champions League semi final Credit: Press Association

Jack Wilshere believes Arsenal felt the loss of Fabregas more keenly than the departure of Robin Van Persie. But Wilshere is confident new recruit Mesut Ozil can fill the void: Speaking on Arsenal's website, he said:

"The one I was really upset about leaving was Fabregas, I learned so much from just watching him. He's similar to me starting at a young age. I was the most upset about him leaving. But to arrive I'm excited about Ozil, he's settled in nicely.

"His first game away at Sunderland he got an assist and was man of the match. He plays the Arsenal way and there's a lot more to come. He's so comfortable on the ball, right foot, left foot. If you look at his stats he runs the most, he makes it look easy but that only masks how hard he works."

Arsenal players 'can fulfill' their World Cup ambitions

Arsene Wenger added that a successful season with Arsenal can only help drive their World Cup hopefuls on to success in Brazil.

Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and even full-back Carl Jenkinson are all in contention to make Roy Hodgson's England squad for next summer's tournament.

England Manager Roy Hodgson talks with Arsenal Manager earlier this month Credit: Press Association

Arsene Wenger said: "You do what is right for the club. If the players can do well at both levels that is even better. I remember 1998, (Patrick) Vieira and (Emmanuel) Petit had an outstanding season here and they won the World Cup after (with France), so the positives of one go into the other.

"When England fly over there, you will not write on the plane 'you cannot win it'. They are not favourites, but it is a very open competition and to me it looks like once you are in the quarter-final, you cannot rule them out."

Wenger's cautious approach to Wilshere's ankle injury

Jack Wilshere's ankle injury means he will have to be carefully managed if he is to make it through the season. However, Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger added he had been assured by the club's medical staff that there was no long-term issue.

Jack Wilshere during this week's friendly with Germany's Mario Gotze Credit: Press Association

Wilshere has been playing with the injury and is fit to face Southampton on Saturday after coming through the international break unscathed. Arsene Wenger said:

"We play 60 games per year and Jack will certainly have to be managed - unless his pains go completely, then he will be used when needed. If there is an alert on his ankles, we will of course take advice from the medical department and use him when he can really be used."


Jack Wilshere trains ahead of Chile international

Roy Hodgson's squad were at Arsenal's training ground today ahead of their game against Chile. It's good news for midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has been carrying an ankle injury.

Forced to sit out training however, were England captain Steven Gerrard and defender Kyle Walker. They will miss Friday's international. Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is also injured.

Jack Wilshere Credit: Press Association

Roy Hodgson's appearance at training was delayed by around 10 minutes, however, as he was having a chat with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who was already at the venue to train with the Gunners players who have not been called up for the internationals.

Arsenal without injured Jack Wilshere in Germany

Arsenal will be without England midfielder Jack Wilshere in Germany tomorrow as he recovers from an ankle injury.

Jack Wilshere Credit: Press Association

Wilshere missed Arsenal's training session this morning but is expected to return for Sunday's Premier League match with Manchester United. Full-back Kieran Gibbs will also be sidelined for tomorrow's game against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League because of a hip injury.

Roy Hodgson defends Jack Wilshere over England row

Roy Hodgson has defended Jack Wilshere's comments over the England team, and is confident the controversy will not affect the Arsenal midfielder in England's final World Cup qualifiers.

England Manager, Roy Hodgson seen during the press conference today Credit: Press Association

The England Manager said:

"First of all I think his comments if not misunderstood were translated in a way people wanted to translate them. People are always complaining that players don't have an opinion or that they say nothing worth listening to so I don't think it's quite right to criticise someone for having an opinion.

"The subject matter is worthy of debate and, at the end of the day, it will be a policy decision taken by the FA. From my point of view, it hasn't affected Jack. I think he just shrugs it off."

England take on Montenegro at Wembley on Friday evening.

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