The England international midfielder was substituted after an off-colour performance against Crystal Palace but his manager reveals that he had been suffering with a bug
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Wenger revealed that his charge had been sick in the build-up to the match and backed him to get better, with concerns over his troublesome ankle minimal.
"[Wilshere] was sick in the last few days and I felt he started to still miss some competitiveness," the Frenchman explained to reporters of the substitution..
"I had options on the bench as well.
"No, [the criticism is not fair]. Let's give him games.
"For me the most important thing for him is not to have any problem with his ankle but it looks like he's on the right way on that front. He looks sharper every week at the moment."