Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he does not see a serious concern with midfielder Jack Wilshere after the star was left out of the starting line-up against Fulham. Arsenal stumbled to a 1-0 win over Martin Jol’s Fulham, while it helped them get closer to the top four. There are only a handful of matches remaining in the Premier league and the club have been on a good run of form. Even though Fulham were playing with only 10 men for most of the match, they threatened to take the lead on several occasions.

Arsenal had to rely on a rare set piece goal from defender Mertesacker in order to win the match. Wilshere was recently rushed back from a six-week spell on the sidelines in order to help Arsenal get a good result against Everton, but they could only get a 0-0 draw against David Moyes’ men. Wilshere was absent for the match against Fulham, and Wenger has confirmed that he had dropped the player after he felt a slight pain in his ankle. However, he has stressed that this action was just a precaution and he expected the midfielder to get back into action sooner rather than later.

“He was in a bit of pain after the Everton game and I just felt to give him three games in six days would be too much. Now he has a break until next Sunday, so he will be available (against United). There is no basic ankle problem. I just do not want to go into a vicious circle again when I play him, I play him, I play him and then suddenly (he has a problem). I think coming back after six weeks out, two games in a week was enough,” said Wenger, whose team next face Manchester United in the league.

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