By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger admits he will have to manage the workload of Jack Wilshere after the 19-year-old showed signs of fatigue at the weekend.
Wilshere has enjoyed a meteoric rise this season and was rewarded with the PFA Young Player of the Year award on Sunday night. However he looked jaded earlier that day as Arsenal struggled to a 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Emirates Stadium.
Wilshere has made 43 appearances for his club this season and only Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy have started more times in the Premier League. Wenger knows that the England star will be desperate to play against Tottenham tonight but he is wary of pushing Wilshere too hard.
“He has given a lot since the start of the season,” Wenger told Arsenal.com.
“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 became the fifth Arsenal player to win the PFA Young Player award when his peers recognised him on Sunday and Wenger paid his teenage midfielder a glowing tribute.
“It has been an excellent season where he delivered beyond expectation,” said the manager.
“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.”Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source