Wilshere owns up to smoking 'mistake'

After Gunners boss Arsene Wenger warned the midfielder that he 'completely disagreed' with his behaviour, the England man accepted his error and promised it will not happen again
Arsenal ace Jack Wilshere admits he "made a mistake", after being picture smoking outside a London nightclub.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger declared on Friday that he "disagreed completely with that behaviour" and, despite previous claims that the England international was holding the cigarette as part of a "dare", the 21-year-old has now accepted responsibility for his error of judgement.

"I made a mistake," Wilshere told the club's official website. "Players make mistakes. I'm not a smoker.

"I spoke with the boss and he asked me what happened, I explained to him, we sorted it out and he put me in the team and hopefully I repaid him [by scoring against West Brom].

"It's not [going to happen again]. I'm not a smoker so I think that will be my last one."

Wenger had warned his young star that "when you are a footballer you are an example and you do not do things to damage your health ... it can damage your reputation as well" but maintained Wilshere would remain a key player as long as he learned from the experience.