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Jack Wilshere admits mistake by smoking cigarette

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has admitted he made a mistake by smoking a cigarette, but says he won't get himself into the same situation in future.

Jack Wilshere

The midfielder was photographed smoking outside a London nightclub on Thursday morning, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger later criticising the England international. Speaking to Arsenal Player, Jack Wilshere said:

"Players make mistakes. I am not a smoker. I spoke with the boss and he asked me what happened, I explained to him and we sorted it out. He put me in the team and hopefully I repaid him. I am not a smoker so I think that will be my last (cigarette)."

Wilshere tweets: For the record.... I don't smoke!

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere insisted today he does not smoke despite being pictured with a cigarette outside a London nightclub in the early hours of Thursday morning. Today Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger insisted he would to take up the issue directly with the player.

But Wilshere responded this afternoon by posting a photograph on his official Twitter feed of France World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane smoking, which he then followed it up with a post of:

Arsene Wenger said: "I disagree completely with that behaviour. I don't know really what happened, so I will need to have a chat with him about that. There are two things - first of all when you are a football player you are an example and as well you don't do what damages your health."

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Wilshere to undergo ankle surgery

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere is a key part of Roy Hodgson's England team. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that his midfielder Jack Wilshere will have a minor operation on his ankle at the end of the season. He will not miss any Arsenal games but will miss England's friendlies against the Republic of Ireland on May 29th and Brazil on June 2nd.

Wenger said Wilshere currently has to play with painkillers but said the surgery "will not be a problem".

Wilshere could face action over water-bottle incident

Jack Wilshere could face action from the FA after being involved in a half-time bust-up in Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Everton at the Emirates last night.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere leaving the pitch during half time. They went on to draw with Everton 0-0
Arsenal's Jack Wilshere leaving the pitch during half time. They went on to draw with Everton 0-0 Credit: PA

Television pictures showed England international Wilshere, just back from a six-week injury lay-off, involved in a fracas with Everton's Kevin Mirallas as the players walked off at the break, reacting angrily after appearing to be squirted with a water bottle.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said of the spat, which was quickly contained: "I don't know about it, but if it was (on television), then very soon everybody will know about it - and I will know about it as well. It was all right in the dressing room."

Wilshere to miss England qualifiers

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere will miss the matches over the next three weeks. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that midfielder Jack Wilshere will not play for the next three weeks because of an ankle injury. That means he will miss England's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro at the end of March.

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