By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger’s experience tells him that Jack Wilshere will “hit the wall” at some stage in his career.
The 19-year-old’s commitments have been the topic of much debate this week ahead of a possible double England call-up in June when the senior side resume their Euro 2012 qualifiers and the Under-21s head to Denmark for their own European Championship.
Wilshere could end his first full season with nearly 60 appearances for club and country under his belt and, although his manager has no appetite for a row with the Football Association, he suspects that the teenager’s current workload is unsustainable.
“I do not want to go into these battles any more - I did it with France,” reflected Wenger. “But I have enough experience and experience helps you only to anticipate problems. It doesn’t make you more intelligent.
“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. I think, in the world, nobody has brought more young players through than I have and I have a good experience of what kind of stages they go through.”
That said, Wenger is reluctant to prick Wilshere’s natural enthusiasm for doing what he does best.
“I think the best way to help Wilshere is to leave him alone and play football,” said the manager.
“I don’t deny that he is a very promising player. I wouldn’t play him at 19 years of age in the first team with the number of midfielders that 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’s the first season [for him]. Let him play.”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