Arsene Wenger: Jack Wilshere ice skating trip "not ideal"

Wilshere will be looking to get more minutes under his belt against BATE Borisov on Thursday

Wilshere will be looking to get more minutes under his belt against BATE Borisov on Thursday

Alongside the photo, the midfielder wrote: "Positive week, managed to get through 20 minutes of ice skating without getting injured". "But for a footballer I don't think it's great".

"I don't know exactly if it was bringing your child on, just making sure nothing happens".

The 25-year-old recently got in the Christmas spirit, taking his young family ice skating and uploading a picture to Instagram.

Wilshere has played a full part in four of Arsenal's five Europa League matches, but he has been used for a combined 65 minutes in the Premier League this term.

The Gunners are already through to the knockout phase and are assured of top spot, with BATE, Cologne and Red Star Belgrade still in contention to qualify in second spot.

England worldwide Wilshere, whose career has been ravaged by injury problems over recent years, poked fun at his fitness record in an Instagram post of him skating on Tuesday.

He said: "Of course I want to be playing".

"We missed an opportunity on Saturday [the 3-1 home loss against Manchester United] to take advantage of that because we were physically quite strong in the game".

"I consider these players as well for the Premier League".

Mourinho led United to glory in the Europa League last season, earning them a place back in the Champions League for the current campaign.

Wenger added: "They have been absolute outstanding, I must say".

If he doesn't make Thursday night or Sunday's league visit to Southampton, Wenger expected him to be fit for next Wednesday's visit to West Ham.

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