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Wilshere will have to work hard for a place at Arsenal - Wenger logo 15-07-2017

Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere will remain at Arsenal next season but faces a fight to earn his place back in the team.

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The England midfielder, linked with moves to AC Milan and most recently Sampdoria, spent the 2016-17 Premier League season on loan at Bournemouth.

Wilshere made 27 league appearances under Eddie Howe last term before suffering a leg break in the Cherries' 4-0 defeat at Tottenham in April.

Concerns surrounding the 25-year-old's fitness and interest from abroad led to questions about his future, with just a year left to run on his current contract.

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And though Wenger has moved to rule out a move for Wilshere, the Gunners boss has warned he faces a battle to return to first-team contention.

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“I think Jack will be with Arsenal next season, yes,” Wenger is quoted by The Mirror. “I will give you a very focused answer on that, that he has to work hard to come back and fight for a place in the team.

“But once he is ready, when he comes back, he will not be far from practising with the team.”

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