Arsenal and England footballer Jack Wilshere has been spoken to by police outside a West End nightclub following a late-night row and allegations of assault.
The £90,000-a-week midfielder, who has yet to feature this season for Arsene Wenger’s side because of injury, was questioned by officers in an alleyway next to the Cafe de Paris nightclub in the early hours of April 3, before he attempted to hide behind wheelie bins.
The 24-year-old, regarded as one of the brightest English prospects despite a series of serious injuries, had been enjoying a night out at the exclusive nightclub moments earlier.
It is understood he was thrown out at around 2am after getting embroiled in an argument which spilled out onto the streets.
It is also understood the dad of two was accused of striking another man, who attempted to confront the player as he walked away. The Emirates star has completely denied any accusation of assault and police made no arrests at the scene.
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Video footage shows officers talking to Wilshere and taking notes in the alleyway. He then appears to try and hid behind a large bin before attempting to conceal his face and walking to a nearby vehicle, in which he leaves.
A witness to the melee said: “Jack Wilshere came out of Cafe de Paris and stormed across the road. There was a lot of screaming and shouting between his pals and another group, it was complete chaos.
“Two of his mates ushered him down the street closely followed by two girls who appeared to be arguing.
“There were a few people shouting Jack’s name but he kept on walking away. He’s one of the most recognisable faces in English football so lot of people were aware it was him.
“Another man was accusing Jack of assaulting him, he was shouting and definitely trying to get a reaction from the Arsenal player.
“Suddenly around six police officers appeared out of nowhere and luckily split the two groups up, taking them down an alleyway littered with rubbish to speak to them.
“Jack was trying to hide his face with his friend’s jacket when he realised lots of people were looking at him.
“The police kept him there for about half an hour before one his pals got him a taxi and the police escorted him to the waiting cab.”
It is understood Wilshere strongly denied the allegation of assault and complied with the officers.
An Arsenal spokesman said: “The club is aware of the incident and will be talking about it with Jack.”
Despite not playing a competitive game this season, Wilshere is being strongly tipped to be picked for England’s Euros 2016 squad .