No Wilshere worry for Wenger
Gunners boss confident youngster remains focused on football
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: 10/09/10 3:00pm
Wilshere: No distractions
Arsene Wenger has no concerns about Jack Wilshere's state of mind and may use him against Bolton on Saturday.
"We have all been 20-years-old, none of us were angels at 20 and we have all made mistakes."
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England U21 coach Stuart Pearce recently claimed the teenager had 'taken his eye of the ball' following his arrest and subsequent bail in the wake of a late-night fracas.
Wenger, though, has no such worries and is convinced that his 18-year-old prodigy will not allow off-field matters to distract him from the task in hand.
At the moment that is a Premier League date with Bolton at Emirates Stadium and Wilshere could be handed another opportunity to shine in the top flight fixture against the side he enjoyed a productive loan spell with last season.
"I have spoken to him since his arrest and he is focused," said Wenger.
"I believe he is always focused. When he is on the football pitch, he wants the ball and wants to play.
"It could have been a concern of Pearce, but I believe Jack is a happy boy on the football pitch."
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes today's young stars often find themselves in trouble because they buy into the trappings of fame and fortune before they know how to handle the responsibility.
Wenger, though, believes that footballers are no different to any other young professionals and is of the opinion that the immaturity which can often cloud their judgement will clear with time.
"We have all been 20-years-old, none of us were angels at 20 and we have all made mistakes," said the Frenchman.
"But I believe as well that what makes careers like Rio Ferdinand is at some stage they know when to stop and when to focus on their job and that is most important.
"I believe the youth today is not worse than they were 10 years ago.
"Overall every generation criticises the generation that replaces them, it has been the case since the Romans.
"People that make careers are people that have the dedication and motivation and in every generation you have that."
The Gunners boss added: "All managers have a little bit of an educational responsibility, but that is to behave well on the football pitch first.
"Let's not go overboard - our responsibility first is how our players play on the pitch."