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Arsenal star Jack Wilshere in beer and shouting horror

by | 4th, April 2016

wilshere fight 1 Arsenal footballer Jack Wilshere is all over the tabloids. What’s he done?

The Daily Mail’s lead sports story on the backpage declares: “Jack in the Dock.”

He’s been arrested? No. The Arsenal midfielder has been “caught in a brawl”. Police are “investigating scenes of disorder” outside London’s sticky West End club Cafe de Paris at 2:15am. On page 84, Sami Mokbel says Wilshere was annoyed with a “fellow reveller who was attempting to film on his phone”. Film what? Wilshere, says Mokbel, was at a bureau de change on a night out, having been given permission by his club to “let his hair down”. 

Daily Mirror (front page): “EXCLUSIVE: England’s Wilshere in 2am bust-up”

It’s not an exclusive. But the Mirror does have more news. It says Wilshere  was quizzed by police in an alleyway after “allegedly being  kicked out of a club” .  He’s “accused of hitting another reveller, which he denies.” There were no arrests.

And so it is that footballer not arrested is the Mirror’s lead news story.

wilshere fight 1 On pages 4 and 5, the Mirror puns: “Jack’s Bin Trouble.”  But he isn’t in trouble as he stands by some bins in a “rubbish-strewn walkway” . He wasn’t arrested. And is it his fault the streets of London are grotty? Should he have picked a cleaner bit of pavement / walkway / alleyway? The story goes that Wilshere was then put in a taxi.

On Page 5, David Kidd says “our hearts sink at the sight of Jack Wilshere cowering behind a bin after being thrown out of a nightcl u b”. What happened to his being “allegedly” bounced? And do our hearts sink? Surely, at the Mirror they skip a beat at a footballer-at-large story.

The Sun (front page): “WILSHERE COP QUIZ OVER 3AM BRAWL”

3am. 2am. What matter the facts when a footballer is in the crosshairs? The Sun zooms in on the  “crocked England footie star” . Only,

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