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Wilshere sent off for Arsenal U23s after brawl

Jack Wilshere was involved in a brawl. Credit: PA

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was shown a red card after being involved in a mass brawl during the under-23s match against Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.

Wilshere has yet to play for the Gunners in the new Premier League season, having spent the last campaign on loan at Bournemouth.

The 25-year-old - now fit again following his recovery from the fracture to his lower left leg suffered during Bournemouth's 4-0 defeat at Tottenham in April - was drafted into Steve Gatting's side on Tuesday night, along with fellow first-team squad players Rob Holding and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Wilshere had helped set up one of the goals as Arsenal were leading 4-1 during the second half before he was on the receiving end of a heavy tackle from City midfielder Matthew Smith.

After getting to his feet, Wilshere squared up to Smith before pushing him in the chest.

The fracas then saw City defender Tyreke Wilson run to the centre circle to confront Wilshere, the two players grappling each other around the neck before further team-mates from each side became involved in shoving as tempers boiled over.

Once calm was eventually restored, the referee brandished the red card to both Wilson and Wilshere. Arsenal went on to win the match 4-3.

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Jack Wilshere unsure of Arsenal future

Jack Wilshere on the pitch for Bournemouth this season. Credit: PA

Midfielder Jack Wilshere is unsure whether his Arsenal career is over.

The 24-year-old, who joined the Gunners aged nine, is currently on a season-long loan with Bournemouth as he tries to re-establish himself following a lengthy list of injuries.

Wilshere has pulled on the Arsenal shirt just five times since May 2015 and felt he was falling down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.

He is under contract in north London until 2018 but is not certain whether he has a future there.

"I haven't really thought about my future beyond getting a season under my belt and just trying to improve as a player," Wilshere told the Daily Mail.

"I genuinely don't know if I am going to end up at Arsenal or somewhere else.

"If you'd asked me two months ago if I was going to finish my career at Arsenal then I would have said, 'Yeah, of course'.

"Two months ago I wouldn't have seen myself being here, but here I am. And I'm enjoying it."

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Fit-again Arsenal midfielder eyes Euros spot

Jack Wilshere featured against Sunderland. Credit: PA

Jack Wilshere has his sights firmly set on Euro 2016 after making his long-awaited Arsenal comeback.

The midfielder made his first Gunners appearance of the season as a substitute during Sunday's 0-0 draw at Sunderland after recovering from a leg injury.

Wilshere was delighted to be back on the pitch and now aims to prove his fitness to England manager Roy Hodgson to be in with a chance of making the squad which travels to France this summer.

It's the best feeling. All those late nights and long days in the gym, this is when it really pays off.

You can do all the training, you can play for the under-21s to build your fitness up, but what really matters is playing for the first team and getting back on the pitch, so I'm really happy.

I felt good. In my first under-21s game, I didn't really feel that great. In the second I felt better and in the third I felt as though I was able to get through 90 minutes and have an impact on the game.

I spoke with the boss (Arsene Wenger) in the week, he felt the same and I travelled to Sunderland. It's a big week for me in training, getting fitter and sharper. Hopefully next weekend I can get some more game time and go from there.

I'm not saying that I'm there yet, this is just another step on my way to full recovery. There's a few games left and after that, hopefully I'll go away with England to the Euros. It's an exciting time.

– Jack Wilshere
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