Jack Wilshere is all set to make his long anticipated return to action tomorrow and has full backing from his manager Arsene Wenger despite latest controversy.
The controversial Arsenal hasn’t played a single match this season after suffering a broken leg in August.
But he has been included in the Gunners’ under-21 team against Newcastle at The Emirates tomorrow as he launches his new fight to cement a place in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad.
Wilshere has been in the spotlight yet again recently after he was seen being questioned by police following an alleged bust-up at a West End nightclub.
He has so far denied any allegations of assault, but that late-night incident outside the Cafe de Paris has led to further questions over his attitude and mentality.
But Wenger claimed on Thursday morning that the matter had been somewhat blown out of proportion, and insisted that players have a right to a social life despite their sporting commitments.
The French manager said that he has had words with the 24-year-old, but made it clear he regards the affair as a “private matter” and waxed lyrical about Wilshere’s potential.
“I have spoken to him,” said Wenger.
“It looks to be taken out of proportion a little bit. These are matters we like to keep internal.
“There was no training session the next day. He had a day off. You can accept that sometimes the players go out when they are free the next day over the weekend.
“This is a completely private matter for me. It’s very difficult to speak about it… I don’t know what happened.
“You know as well, he can be provoked. It’s not easy today to go out when you’re well known without creating some provocation. Even when you’re known, you [still] have the right to go out.”
England boss Hodgson remains a huge admirer, however, and has made it clear Wilshere will be in his team for France if he is fully fit.
The 24-year-old broke a fibula in August and has suffered various complications since then.
His last appearance for Arsenal was the 4-0 FA Cup Final win over Aston Villa last May when he hit the headlines following his boozy celebrations during the victory parade.
A month later he was the hero for Hodgson and the Three Lions scoring two stunning goals in a 3-2 victory in Slovenia.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is due to hold a press conference today ahead of Saturday’s match at West Ham and the Frenchman is expected to be questioned about Wilshere.