Wenger willing to loan out Wilshere

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he is willing to allow talented youngster Jack Wilshere to leave the Gunners on loan in search of first-team football.

The combative midfielder recently admitted he would consider a temporary move away from the Emirates Stadium – preferably to another Premier League outfit – after struggling to break into the Arsenal senior side.

Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers and Championship side Middlesbrough have been linked with a move for the 17-year-old, but Wenger insists he will only let Wilshere move to the right club.

“There is a chance [for a loan], if we have an interesting opportunity,” Wenger said.

“I would prefer it to be in the Premier League, but at the top level of the Championship could be interesting as well.”

Wilshere made just his fourth start of the campaign on Wednesday evening as a youthful Arsenal side narrowly lost to Olympiakos in their final Champions League Group H encounter.

The England U21 international impressed during last season’s League Cup campaign, and Wenger admitted it was important for the likes of Wilshere to gain regular competitive action.

“It is important for Jack to play, so if we find a good opportunity, we will consider it,” he added.