By Nick Teale
Arsène Wenger says it is down to England to decide whether Jack Wilshere will take part in the European Under-21 Championships this summer.
However, the manager has warned that the midfielder will miss the start of next season - and an England friendly against Holland on August 10 - should he take part in the tournament.
Wenger insists that Wilshere, like all other players, will need a sizeable summer break ahead of a 2011/12 campaign that ends with a rather more prestigious competition - Euro 2012.
"Where I stand on it all is that it would be better for him not to play [for the Under-21s]," said Wenger.
"We will accept the decision of the FA but don't forget that we start the season on August 13.
"England have a friendly in August. If the Under-21s go to the end of their tournament I will have to give four to six weeks holiday to the player.
"That means he might not be available for the friendly, nor for the [Euro 2012] qualifier [against Bulgaria] because he will not be ready and that game is in September.
"England have to make a choice there. I know I have to respect the holiday period for the players and that's more a calculation that the England national team has to make.
"We will be without the player maybe at the start of the season. It is important that the players get a good rest because in England the championship is very intense. It is the first season that Wilshere will have played 45 games approximately."
Wenger went on to hold up Ryan Giggs as a shining example of how careful management - and a less intense international schedule - can extend a player's career at the top level.
"You take a player like Ryan Giggs, who is still playing at 37 years of age but he has never played in a major international tournament," said Wenger.
"That means he always had a good rest every summer and in the long term I think it has an impact on players who go to big tournaments, come back and play a championship like in England, where every game is a battle.
"You have to think carefully how to rest the players."Copyright 2016 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