Wenger reveals talks Southgate talks and Wilshere contract plans

Wenger reveals talks Southgate talks and Wilshere contract plans

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Mathieu Debuchy has the necessary abilities to play at centre-back, offering the defender a route into the first-team. I would encourage him to do it.

Even though Southgate travelled to the Emirates on Saturday in the hope of seeing Wilshere in the Premier League and discussed the 25-year-old's prospects with Wenger before kick-off, the Frenchman once again left the player on the bench.

Southgate will name the players who have made the cut on Thursday, with Wenger revealing he had spoken to the England boss about Wilshere in recent days. Wilshere has not played for England since the defeat by Iceland at the European Championships previous year.

While Wilshere had to be carefully managed at the start of a season, following an injury-curtailed loan spell at Bournemouth a year ago, Wenger said that was no longer the case, and that he was as fit as anyone in his squad.

Wilshere, whose last England appearance came as a substitute in the 2-1 defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016, has only played around 15 minutes of Premier League football this season despite his return to fitness.

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"Personally, I think he's ready". Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud will also feature in a team that is a mix of youth and experience. And I'm really honest when I say that.

"I said many times that would be decided in December", added Wenger. "That's why I think the system suits him well". He has the attributes because, despite his size, he's very good in the air.

Wilshere has had to use his opportunities in the Europa League to make an impact and is likely to once again start when Arsenal host Red Star Belgrade on Thursday knowing victory will secure qualification into the round of 32. "I personally think a super-fit Jack, I don't know how you can keep him out of the England squad". "Since three weeks, he is treated like any other player".

"It's very hard to make a difference". For the past three weeks the manager has been able to treat him like every other member of his squad in terms of training and conditioning work.

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