Arsene Wenger is optimistic Jack Wilshere will be available for the European championship in France this summer despite not playing a game this season due to injury.

The 23-year-old England midfielder whom Wenger hailed as a ‘special talent’, is expected back in action for the Gunners later this February.

“You know I’m an optimist and I always think, ‘OK it’s true that he hasn’t played many games in recent years,’” Wenger said.

“I hope at some stage that will stop because he is young and I hope I’m right.

“He is a special case because he is a special talent and he comes out of the club. And he is an England international and I hope his injuries will stop at some stage.

“When you love football and at his age, when you wake up in the morning and you can’t practice that’s terrible.

“They need support and I try to give it to him. But he is strong and he is dealing with that. He started at 17 and played every single game and suddenly it stopped. So I believe that can make you stronger.”

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