By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger admits that the loaning out of Jack Wilshere is a “sensitive subject”.

The Arsenal midfielder, who is 18 on New Year’s Day, gets another chance to impress this evening in the Champions League tie at Olympiacos.

It is a rare run-out for a much talked-about talent. Understandably therefore Wilshere and Wenger are open-minded about a temporary transfer to another club once the January window opens.

However the manager insists any loan deal must be at the right level and be on the presumption that the England Under-21 international will be used effectively.

“Jack is impatient to play and he wants to play,” said Wenger. “He has the quality of a top-level player but he is still very young to throw in every week in the Premier League.

“We have had a few enquiries about him. But it is always a sensitive subject to give the players out on loan because you must trust the manager that they will play them.

“There is a real need there. But if he goes out on loan and [just] sits on the bench it is better that he stays and practices with us.”

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9 Dec 2009