Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he will give ‘extra opportunities’ to Jack Wilshere to prove his fitness and get back into the team.
The England international has started just 10 games since March 2014 as his career continues to be plagued by constant injuries.
While several ankle issues had previously kept him sidelined, Wilshere has yet to feature this year after sustaining a broken leg in pre-season. In turn, coupled with the progress that the Gunners have made in his absence which has led to them sitting top of the Premier League table, questions have been asked about the 23-year-old’s future at the Emirates.
However, Wenger remains firmly behind the talented midfielder and insists that he hopes he can get back to full fitness and prove his worth to the club.
“I am an optimist,” he said, as reported by Sky Sports.
“I always think: ‘Okay, it’s true that he hasn’t played many games in recent years’. I hope at some stage that will stop because he is young and I hope I’m right.
“He is a special case because he is a special talent and he comes out of the club. And he is an England international and I hope his injuries will stop at some stage.”
The Frenchman went on to add that he will continue to support his player as he appreciates how difficult it must be for him not being able to play, and hopes that he can earn himself a new deal with his current contract having just two years remaining to run.