Arsene Wenger has lent his support to our under fire Gunner Jack Wilshere, stressing on Arsenal’s official website that the 23-year-old is one of the hardest workers at the club, and that the latest smoking incident has been blown out of proportion.
Wilshere was snapped holding a shisha pipe while on a night out, and the picture, despite being quickly taken down from Instagram, soon went viral.
The boss leapt to the young midfielder’s defence however, highlighting his professionalism, as well as his willingness and determination to work hard; both for himself and the team.
“I think I observe him well and he behaves in a very professional way, I must say. Every morning he’s certainly one of the first in and every afternoon certainly the last out. He works very hard, he’s gone through some bad spells in his career and always recovered. It would be wrong to give him that kind of reputation because he’s a serious player and he works very hard,” he said.
“I believe he works hard, he practices well, he’s ahead of schedule in his training, he’s two weeks ahead, and you don’t do that if you are not serious. As I told you, he is first in, last out, and he works very hard to get there. I am not worried at all about that.”
It’s fantastic to see Le Prof defending and protecting the players, and I believe it is something he does better than any other manager. This whole thing does seem to have been blown out of proportion, and hopefully the attention it’s receiving will not last long.
At the same time, Wilshere does need to learn that he is constantly in the limelight at the moment, and there are consequences for all his actions. He must understand the mediacentric world we live in today, and know the effects things like social media can have on your image. In the wake of Wojciech Szczesny and the recent “showergate” scandal, the England international really should have been more careful.