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Arsenal midfielder can be key for England - Hodgson

Jack Wilshere, right, was instrumental in the win. Credit: PA

England manager Roy Hodgson is hoping Jack Wilshere can put his fitness issues behind him in order to be a key component in the national team.

The Arsenal midfielder showed his talents once again by scoring two in the victory over Slovenia on Sunday, which was a stunning way to end another season marred by injury.

I'm very happy with Jack and the goals he's scored.

In particular, I am happy with his performance. In the second half he was controlling that midfield, it was a performance we've seen from him for a while now.

If we can keep him fit and he can get plenty of Premier League matches and international matches, at his young age we think we've got a good player going forward.

– Roy Hodgson

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Arsenal midfielder charged over FA Cup celebrations

Jack Wilshere spoke during a bus parade. Credit: PA

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been charged with misconduct following his foul-mouth tirade during his side's FA Cup celebrations.

Wilshere swore about rivals Spurs during a sing-a-long with fans in the middle of the club's open-top bus parade on Sunday.

The FA said in a statement: "It is alleged his conduct in making and/or inciting certain comments during the club’s open bus trophy tour was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute."

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Wilshere: Arsenal making 'massive progression'

Wilshere believes second spot would represent "massive progress" Credit: PA

Jack Wilshere claims Arsenal finishing second in the Barclays Premier League would be evidence of a "massive progression" and will serve notice to their rivals that they will mount a serious title challenge next season.

Wilshere made his return to first-team action as a substitute in Monday's 3-1 win at Hull after five months out following an ankle operation, and said the Gunners were determined to secure the runners-up spot behind Chelsea.

The England midfielder told Arsenal's official website: "It [finishing second] would set a marker for next season and would be a progression from last year.

"The last few seasons we've finished fourth so to finish two places ahead of that would be a massive progression for us and hopefully will give us confidence going into next season."

Arsenal midfielder back for Liverpool clash

Jack Wilshere is used to being injured. Credit: PA

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be fit to face Liverpool on Saturday, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

The England midfielder played 45 minutes of a friendly against Brentford on Wednesday, his first action this suffering an injury against Manchester United. Although Wilshere is available, Wenger hasn't decided if he will use him, the Frenchman said: "I don't know whether he will be involved yet."

Arsenal begin investigation into Wilshere 'smoking'

Arsenal are aware of photos of Jack Wilshere posted on social media holding a shisha pipe at a nightclub and take a dim view on any players smoking.

Jack the lad loves a bit of shisha. Credit: PA

Wilshere, 23, is currently recovering from ankle surgery after an injury in the defeat by Manchester United on November 22, and is expected to be in contention for a first-team return by the end of the month.

A picture of Wilshere, reported to be from a night out with friends last week, holding a shisha pipe, was uploaded to Instagram before being removed and replaced with an edited version where only the face of the Arsenal player is visible in the background.

However, the original snap was then subsequently reposted on Twitter, sparking much debate across social media as to the player's behaviour.

Arsenal are aware of the photos and are looking into the incident, with the club taking a dim view on players smoking, as backed up by comments from manager Arsene Wenger.

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