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Wilshere arrested after brawl

LONDON, August 30 – Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere was arrested in the early hours of Sunday following a high-street row, according to a spokesman for the player.Wilshere was released on bail following the incident in Kensington High Street in London.

Officers and paramedics called to the scene found a man with minor facial injuries and a woman with a broken arm. Both were taken to a west London hospital for treatment.

Police later stopped a vehicle and arrested four men, two aged 18 and two aged 21, on suspicion of assault.

They were taken to a west London police station and bailed to return in mid-October pending further inquiries, a Metropolitan police spokesman said.

A statement, issued by the Wasserman Media Group on behalf of the 18-year-old, insisted Wilshere was only acting as a peacemaker in the incident.

The statement read: "Jack Wilshere was arrested by police in the early hours following a fracas but was released on bail later.

"The police have made it very clear that he is an important witness to the incident and played the role of peacemaker and is unlikely to face any charges as a result.

"Jack has made it very clear he will co-operate fully with the police investigation."

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The Stevenage-born teenager is regarded as one of the promising English players of his generation and made his England debut as a substitute in a friendly against Hungary in August.

Wilshere has played three times for Arsenal this season and Fabio Capello was heavily criticised for his decision to drop him to the England Under-21 squad rather than name him in the senior group for next month’s Euro 2012 qualifers.

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