By Coral Barry

Thierry Henry believes Jack Wilshere has to be treated in a “special way” as the midfielder makes his way back from a long-term injury.

Wilshere, 24, has played just six minutes of competitive action this season and is in a race against the clock to be fit in time for England’s European Championships campaign in the summer.

Roy Hodgson has already said that if Wilshere is fit he will take him to France for the tournament and Henry believes the Arsenal midfielder is too special to be left behind.

“I will be interested to see if Jack Wilshere is included in Arsenal’s starting line-up today for the first time this season after his lay-off,” said Henry writing in his Sun column. “I never suffered a long-term injury and so I do not know how long it takes to get back to full sharpness.

“But Wilshere needs as much game time as he can get to force his way back into the England team for the Euros. Roy Hodgson names his squad on Thursday and I am sure he has a plan for Jack.

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“If he is fully fit, you have to take Jack to France. Hodgson knows he is going to upset some players but Wilshere was a key asset in the qualifying campaign.

“The little man is special. You have to treat him in a special way.”

Wilshere has spent more time in the tabloids than on the pitch in recent months, with the latest controversy coming in the last few days as the midfielder was accused of spitting at his elderly neighbor.

Arsenal face Manchester City on Sunday in a crucial match that could decide if either club manage to secure a Champions League spot next season.

Manchester United are hot on the heels in fifth place and will be eager to pounce on Arsenal or City if either of them fail to pick up all three points.

In other Arsenal news, the Gunners are confident of landing a triple deal in the coming weeks.