By Nick Teale
Arsène Wenger has revealed that Burnley manager Owen Coyle has spoken to him about the possibility of taking Jack Wilshere on loan in January.
The Frenchman has previously admitted that he would consider allowing his teenage midfielder to leave on a temporary basis during the window if the right club comes along.
Midfielder Mark Randall joined Burnley on loan from Arsenal in January 2008 but only started two matches for the Clarets so Wenger wants assurances that Wilshere will play regular football if he makes the short-term switch to Turf Moor.
"My response [to Coyle] is that it is possible under the condition that he plays," said Wenger.
"For us Jack Wilshere is in a period where he needs to play.
"Burnley is a very good club that I respect. They play good football but first of all Jack must want to do it and then we need to have a good hope that he will play if he goes somewhere on loan.
"I like the idea but at the moment I must say we are a bit short. Jack is involved with us for nearly every game."Copyright 2013 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 18 Dec 2009