Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has denied being involved in an alleged assault which took place in London in the early hours of Sunday morning.
As reported by The Mirror, the England international was seen in footage speaking to police officers after the altercation had taken place.
However, Arsenal have confirmed that an incident did take place but have spoken to Wilshere who has informed them that he wasn’t involved, according to Sky Sports.
Police have since also confirmed that no charges or arrests were made, although they refused to comment further as inquiries continue into the matter.
The Arsenal first-team were given a day off on Sunday but are due to be in training on Monday, and regardless of whether or not he was involved, it isn’t the kind of press coverage that the midfielder needs at this stage.
Having failed to feature at all so far this season after fracturing his ankle in pre-season, Wilshere is said to be nearing full fitness and is expected to return to action in the coming weeks.
Given that he faces a battle against time to not only prove his fitness but show that he is capable of becoming a decisive figure for Arsene Wenger in the closing stages of the season, he is also hoping to push for a late call up for Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016 this summer.
In turn, it will be a disappointment to all concerned to see Wilshere in the papers for the wrong reasons again, and the 24-year-old will be fully aware that the pressure is on to perform.