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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wilshere to clash with Wenger?

Jack Wilshere has excelled in the Arsenal midfield this season, with manager Arsene Wenger regarding him as one of the first names on his team sheet, but he is also an individual now risking facing the wrath of the Frenchman.

The issue stems down to the fact that the young midfielder has expressed his desire to play for his country this summer at the European Championships for the Under-21s, even though he has already broken into the senior side. With Wenger believing there is therefore no reason for the player to continue his involvement with the Under-21s, since in the Arsenal manager's opinion the youth squads exist solely to feed the senior squad with talent, it would seem that Wilshere's priorities are somewhat different.

Wilshere has revealed that he will never say no to a call from his country, even if that call comes from the Under-21s but has conceded that the Arsenal manager will need to be involved in any eventual decision. After all, anyone who has followed the football online betting will know that Theo Walcott seemed to take a step backwards after playing too many international game.

Andy Carroll, who has scored a goal at senior level yet was also included in the provisional squad for the Championships, is also facing the same quandary. With Kenny Dalglish not quite as outspoken on this issue as Wenger, it would seem likely that he would nevertheless prefer for one of the players whom he believes Liverpool's future will revolve around to be kept fresh for the start of next season.

Should the players both appear on the international stage this summer, it could well be Arsenal and Liverpool that hold long-term grudges against Stuart Pearce.