Press conference

 Wenger - I always do what is best for Jack

Another press conference, another set of questions about Jack Wilshere.

Arsene Wenger has been asked a number of times about the England midfielder’s future this season, and Tuesday’s media briefing was no different.

This is what the Arsenal manager had to say:

on how crucial this period could be for Jack’s long-term future…

For him, I’ve repeated it many times, it’s just about being fit. He’s considered like any other player in the squad. He’s at that level now that every opportunity he gets is a good chance for him to commit for a long-term future.

on whether he will allow him to leave in January…

At the moment, I just think about the interest of our next game. I don’t think long term. For him, I always considered his interest because for me he’s an Arsenal player and has been since he was a kid. He’s a football man and I will always decide what is best for him, that is my first priority no matter what kind of decision I make. I have to consider the interests of Jack Wilshere and Arsenal Football Club together.

on that possibly meaning Jack staying or going…

If I think his best interest is to stay here then I will absolutely fight 100 per cent for him to stay here because he’s a guy who is top-quality and is back fit now. For me, when you have a top-quality player, you want him to be at Arsenal Football Club.

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