Arsène Wenger is mindful of the need to manage Jack Wilshere's workload but he is reluctant to rest him just yet.

The England midfielder has exceeded expectations since returning from a 14-month lay-off with ankle and knee injuries and looked close to his best during Arsenal's defeat against Manchester City on Sunday.

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 Wilshere's trademark 'burst' was in full effect at Emirates Stadium and an impressed Wenger is keeping a close eye on the 21-year-old's fitness stats.

"Maybe [I won't rest him] in this period, but at some stage I will do it," the manager told Arsenal Player.

"At the moment I don't think he is overloaded because he just came back very recently, and you get the feeling that he gets stronger.

"We have a good approach taking the physical analysis and statistical analysis between what the player feels and what the medical department thinks, and you have to come to a conclusion on that.

"At the moment, all these three are positives so I don't think at the moment I will rest him immediately. But it will happen."

Wilshere's all-action display against the champions caught Wenger's eye and he understands why the midfielder was on the wrong end of a number of mistimed challenges.

"He has a low centre of gravity, he uses it well and gets in front of people," said Wenger. "When you provoke people, sometimes you get hit. That can happen.

“I trust my eyes on [Wilshere's burst of speed] and I would say that if you have seen the game against Man City, you are confident that he can pass people.

"One month ago you could see he would have to fight with his body to get past people. Against Man City he looked comfortable doing that.”

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Chris Harris 15 Jan 2013