Wenger wary of Wilshere burn-out

BY foxsports • April 2, 2011

Wilshere made his first senior England competitive start in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales last weekend, and was again named in Fabio Capello's XI for Tuesday night's friendly with Ghana at Wembley, where he played 70 minutes. Under-21s coach Stuart Pearce is keen for the combative midfielder to be part of his group in Denmark in June - a month which also sees another Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland at Wembley. Wilshere himself has spoken of his desire to be involved for England at any level, hoping an amicable agreement can be reached between Arsenal and the Football Association for his release. Wenger, though, is acutely aware of the risk of player burnout, as Wilshere could have chalked up almost 60 games in total when he finally has a break. "A lot happened last week that defied commonsense, but I do not want to talk about that," Wenger said. "I do not want to go into these battles any more, and I did it with France. "But I have enough experience, and experience helps you only to anticipate problems - you know this car will hit the wall at some stage and you see it a little bit earlier than somebody who has less experience. "Nobody has brought more young players out than I have and I have a good experience of what kind of stages they go through." Wenger is also aware of the added pressure the home-grown starlet has to cope with. "I think the best way to help Wilshere is to leave him alone to play football," said the Arsenal manager. "I don't deny that he is a very promising player. I wouldn't play him in the first team at 19 with the number of midfielders I have if I didn't believe that. "But let him play and what he will be, he will be. "We are all confident that he has a bright future, but it is the first season. Let him play." Capello has declared the likes of Wilshere and fellow Arsenal team-mate Theo Walcott are, along with Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, the future of the national team. Wenger feels long-term thinking is the only way to develop a successful strategy. "You prepare for a European Championship a year before, not in May or in June before the competition," he said. "France was European and world champions. Then they went to Australia, they went to Chile and after went out of the 2002 World Cup in the first round without scoring a goal - with the best goalscorer in England, the best goalscorer in Italy and the best goalscorer in France in the team. I told them before. "England do think about it, but they have to decide what to do and we will adapt. "We will give the needed rest to Wilshere if he plays the tournament. "At the end of the day, what is important is that England has a good player, Arsenal has a good player and the player has the needed rest to produce good performances."


share story