Wenger admits bringing Wilshere back to Arsenal fold too early

Arsene Wenger has acknowledged he rushed Jack Wilshere back into the Arsenal team against Norwich City on Saturday, but has vowed not to make the same mistake again in future, according to the Daily Mail.

Wilshere played for an hour against the Canaries but the newspaper claims he did not look his usual self in his first appearance after missing a few weeks with an ankle problem. Wilshere had previously been absent for almost 18 months with a succession of fitness worries, eventually returning to the Gunners first team in the autumn of 2012.

But the midfielder’s history of injury concerns means his fitness is now closely monitored, but Wenger feels he brought Wilshere back into the team too soon against Norwich, in a match that Arsenal eventually won 3-1.

The manager added that he is not going to unnecessarily risk Wilshere against Everton on Tuesday evening, with the Mail suggesting the return to fitness of Tomas Rosicky could see Wilshere take a place on the bench.

Wenger said: “I rushed Jack back a bit. He was not completely ready. How careful have I to be? To listen well to the medical advice and that is what I have to do, use him when everything is all right and listen to him as well, how he feels.

Jack has been out for six weeks, so maybe it was a bit too rushed, what I did. I will get advice from the medical department and how he feels as well and as well use my experience and the fact I know him very well. He practices with me since he was 16, so I know quite well how his body responds to things.

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