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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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Arsenal midfielder Wilshere 'caught smoking' again

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere could find himself at the centre of another smoking row after pictures emerged of the England international holding a shisha pipe at a nightclub.

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 when he attended a London nightclub during last week, was uploaded to Instagram, before being removed, but was then subsequently reposted on Twitter, sparking much debate across social media as to the player's behaviour.

Wilshere has been criticised in the past for two high-profile incidents of being pictured with a cigarette, first outside a London nightclub in November 2013 and again last summer when at a pool party while on holiday in Las Vegas with England goalkeeper Joe Hart following the World Cup.

Wilshere to be sidelined 'for a while' with ankle injury

Wilshere was substituted after twisting his ankle against Man United. Credit: PA

Jack Wilshere will see a specialist to assess his ankle injury, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has announced.

Wenger confirmed that Wilshere would be "out for a while" after coming off during the 2-1 defeat by Manchester United on Saturday after feeling some discomfort.

Wilshere, who was replaced by Santi Cazorla in the 55th minute of the game at the Emirates Stadium, will therefore miss the Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

Wenger did confirm, however, that Laurent Koscielny is back in the squad following an Achilles problem and Danny Welbeck is expected to be included, although striker Oliver is not registered and Theo Walcott is still ruled out.

Wilshere: Only English players should play for England

Just days after England manager Roy Hodgson admitted he was keeping an eye on Manchester United's new teen sensation Adnan Januzaj, England midfielder Jack Wilshere said he believed only English people should be able to play for the national team.

Jack Wilshere said he believes only players born in England should be allowed to represent the country. Credit: Press Association

Wilshere said:"The only people who should play for England are English people.

"If you live in England for five years it doesn’t make you English. If I went to Spain and lived there for five years I’m not going to play for Spain."

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Wilshere: 'No reason why he can't do it'

The England and Arsenal Jack Wilshere has tweeted his support of Roy Hodgson as the new England manager: