Arsenal media round-up: Wenger's message to returning Wilshere

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A round up of news stories this morning related to Arsenal.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger explained to the Daily Telegraph that Jack Wilshere has to be patient.

Wilshere has fought his way back from an ankle problem, but Wenger has implied he’ll have to fight his way back into the first team picture at the Emirates.

Wilshere had been out for over five months before his return for just over 20 minutes against Hull last night.

“He’s full of energy and is back. That’s positive of course. If I had doubt I would not have brought him on. He has to be patient as he’s been out for five-and-a half months,” said the boss.

Arsene Wenger has been quoted by FourFourTwo urging Arsenal to give Chelsea a fight in the league next season.

Wenger was speaking after a comfortable win for his side, as they saw off Hull City 3-1 away from home last night.

Chelsea have wrapped up the league title and Wenger insists Arsenal will fight for the league next season.

“I feel that we have made progress. Chelsea have won the Premiership because they have been the most consistent but let's prepare well for next season and give them a good fight,” he said.

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker told the club’s website that the club’s main aim is to now qualify directly for the Champions League and to win the FA Cup.

With the league gone, the Gunners will now be focused on ensuring they don’t have to play European play-off games in the build up to next season.

The club also have the prospect of an FA Cup final against Aston Villa at the end of this month to look forward to.

“We want to qualify directly and win the FA Cup. That’s our approach,” said the German.

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