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Arsenal's Jack Wilshire set for a loan move to Burnley

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere
Wilshere is seen as one of the most promising young English players

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering letting teenage midfielder Jack Wilshere join Premier League side Burnley on loan.

The 17-year-old England Under-21 international has made six appearances for the Gunners this season.

"Wilshere needs to play," said Wenger. "Burnley is a good club. They play good football, but Jack must want to do it.

"I like the idea, but at the moment we are a bit short. Jack is in the squad nearly every game."

Wilshere became Arsenal's youngest-ever league debutant when he made his competitive debut as a late substitute against Blackburn at Ewood Park in September 2008.

His dribbling ability and creativity has seen the Stevenage-born attacker become one of England's most highly regarded young players and he has become a regular for Arsenal's Carling Cup side.

Wilshere has also featured in the FA Cup and Champions League, playing 14 games in the past two seasons, and helped Arsenal to their FA Youth Cup and Premier Academy League titles in 2008-09.


Arsenal also loaned midfielder Mark Randall to Burnley in 2008 where he made 20 league appearances, but the youngster has not established himself in Wenger's first-team plans.

A move for Wilshire is one of the few deals Wenger expects to be presiding over in a January transfer window which, he warned, would be anything but busy.

"People don't realise there is no money in football, in Europe and in general," explained the Frenchman. "We live in dreamland in football.

"If you look at the number of clubs who struggle in the Premier League and in the Championship in England then it's time for us to get a wake-up call.

"In England, in football, the financial situation overall is very poor. So do not expect a very busy transfer market.

"We found (Andrey) Arshavin last season and he was a good signing. Two years before it was (Emmanuel) Adebayor so we have made some good acquisitions in January. But it is more difficult than in the summer."

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05 Jan 09 |  Arsenal
Arsenal's young guns - Jack Wilshere
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