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Wenger gives Wilshere blessing
19 Dec 2009 - 10:19:45
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is happy to let teenage midfielder Jack Wilshere move to Burnley on loan.
The 17-year-old, who has made 14 first-team appearances for the Gunners, is wanted by Clarets boss Owen Coyle who spoke to Wenger after the 1-1 midweek draw between the two clubs.
Wenger said: "It is possible, with one condition, that he plays. Wilshere needs to play. Burnley is a good club which I respect. 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."
Meanwhile, Wenger has hinted that the Gunners may not be particularly active in the transfer marker next month, adding: "People don't realise there is no money in football, in Europe and in general. 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."