Wenger to be careful with Wilshere

The 19-year-old has been one of the highlights of Arsenal’s

campaign with a string of impressive displays earning him full

England honours under Fabio Capello. And the midfield dynamo has

been pencilled in to play for England’s Under-21s, who will bid to

win the European Championships this summer, despite Wenger’s

disapproval. Only two Arsenal players have made more Premier League

starts than the teenager this term, but after he looked

battle-wearing in Sunday’s 1-1 draw Wenger now has one eye on

maintaining his spark. The French tactician loves Wilshere’s

passion and enthusiasm to play as much as possible, however, he has

now hinted the youngster could be starting fewer games before the

season concludes. “He has given a lot since the start of the

season,” Wenger told the club’s official website. “Liverpool was

one of the games where he was less sharp, physically. But Jack is a

generous player and gives you everything in every game. He has

played many games, more than almost anybody else in the team. “He

always wants to play and that is good. It is down to me to use him

well and that’s what I will try to do.” Wilshere claimed the PFA

Young Player of the Year award at the weekend, the fifth Arsenal to

claim the prize, and Wenger believes he was the deserved winner.

“It has been an excellent season where he delivered beyond

expectation,” he continued. “He has had a formidable presence in

midfield with a lot of character, he is a fighter, a great passer

of the ball. He has played a lot. He deserves it.”