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Arsenal's Jack Wilshere denies assault allegations after nightclub fracas

Arsenal say Jack Wilshere has strongly denied allegations of assault after he was filmed being interviewed by police following a fracas outside a London nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Wilshere is seen talking to police officers in an alleyway amid chaotic scenes outside the Club de Paris venue.

The Daily Mirror and The Sun report that Wilshere had been asked to leave the club following a heated argument, and that one man had accused the Arsenal midfielder of striking him. No arrests were made.

Arsenal confirmed that Wilshere was at the scene but called it a "private matter" and said the player strongly denied being caught up in an alleged fight.

"He is adamant he didn't assault anybody," a club spokesman told ESPN FC.

Jack Wilshere is hoping to make a return to the Arsenal first team this month.

The club still plans to talk to Wilshere about his behaviour, although he was not breaking any rules by going out on Saturday, as Sunday was a day off for the players.

Wilshere, who returned to full training last week having missed the entire season so far with a fractured ankle, has been involved in several high-profile off-pitch incidents in the past.

He was cautioned for common assault after a street brawl in 2010 during another night out, and was accused of spitting at a taxi driver in 2011. He has also been criticised by Arsene Wenger for being photographed smoking several times in the past.

Wilshere is hoping to return to fitness in time to earn a spot in England's European Championship squad, but Wenger has said the midfielder is still "a few weeks" away from playing in Arsenal's first team.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.

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