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Wenger 'not deeply concerned' by Wilshere smoking incident

The Arsenal manager doesn't want to discuss the photos of the midfielder on vacation in Las Vegas but says that he will speak to him about the incident.

Arsene Wenger says that he is "not deeply concerned" after Jack Wilshere was pictured smoking but says that he will speak to the midfielder about the incident.

The 22-year-old was photographed smoking a cigarette while on vacation in Las Vegas earlier this month, behavior for which he had already been criticized by the Arsenal manager following a similar incident last season.

Wilshere has returned to preseason training following England's World Cup campaign but did not feature in the Gunners' 2-0 win over Boreham Wood on Saturday afternoon.

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"I haven't spoken to him so it's very difficult for me to make any statement," Wenger told reporters. "I know what you can make of pictures. I have to speak to him to see what really happened before coming out publicly. I'm not deeply concerned by it but I just want to know what happened but, before I know what happened, I don't want to talk too much about it."

When asked how important the new season is to Wilshere's development, Wenger replied: "Well, he's at an age where you want him to [move] forward. He has the potential. I believe for him the most important now is to have a good preparation. Focus on getting really fit. Jack is a great player, he has a football brain, he is ambitious. I'm sure, injury-free, he can have a great season."