Wilshere reveals what Wenger said to him after second smoking incident

Arsene Wenger and Jack Wilshere Press Conference - 18/02/2014

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed his conversation with Arsene Wenger after pictures of him smoking emerged this summer.

Arsenal star Jack Wilshere hit back at criticism from pundit Jamie Redknapp at the weekend, as he spoke of his determination to let his football do the talking.

The England international was not part of Roy Hodgson's first choice XI at the World Cup, and nor did he start the FA Cup Final for his club.

When he was pictured smoking on holiday in Las Vegas, under a year after drawing criticism for the same 'bad habit' from manager Arsene Wenger, accusations were rife of him losing his focus.

Wilshere responded by heading back to training early, and in an interview with The Times, has revealed what his manager said to him the second time around.

He said: "I spoke with the boss after the first time and he was accepting, saying: 'I'm French and I've been on a team bus with French players who are smoking.'

"But the second time it was: 'Look, come on Jack. This is a big season for you.' I knew that already."

Wenger's words appeared to stir him however, along with the criticism he has received, into showing that he is determined on the pitch.

He had a slow start to the season over the initial couple of games, but at home to Besiktas he was outstanding, showing what he was capable of.

Wilshere clearly knows he has to step it up this campaign, and the stern comments from his boss over the summer could just have given him a jolt in the right direction.

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