Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed he held talks with Jack Wilshere after he was filmed speaking to police on a night out in London. The England international was involved in an incident with the police during the early hours of Sunday morning outside exclusive London hotspot Café de Paris.
Although he was filmed speaking to the police after allegedly being expelled from a London night club, Wilshere has denied being involved in an alleged incident.
Speaking about the incident, Wenger said he has already spoken to Wilshere about the matter and he appeared of the midfielder, insisting that the incident had been “taken out of propotion a little bit”.
“I’ve spoken to him. It looks to be taken out of proportion a little bit,” said Wenger, speaking ahead of Saturday’s vital Premier League clash with West Ham.
“Overall, what is positive is that he works very, very hard. The news looks quite good. I think he will have a good test (for the under-21s). The real question is does he have the serious life or not? A player cannot hide when you watch him practice every day. He’s serious in his life.
“He had a hard session on Monday and he did very well in the session so if he had been heavy drinking on Sunday I don’t think he would have survived.”
The Frenchman spoke of the familiar, historical drinking issues at Arsenal involving the likes of Tony Adams and Paul Merson when he revealed Arsenal take urine samples to check players’ alcohol level. The Frenchman said: “We test our players. We don’t have a drinking problem. The drinking problem was much bigger when I arrived.”
Wilshere has a chequered history of off-field incidents, but Wenger excused him for his night out. “There was no training session the next day,” Wenger added.