The 21-year-old England international made his first appearance since the start of March when he played an hour of the 3-1 Barclays Premier League win over Norwich at the Emirates Stadium last Saturday but lacked his usual dynamic drive at the heartbeat of the team.
His recovery from any injury lay-off, the latest a minor ankle problem, is always carefully monitored given he spent the whole of the 2011/2012 campaign on the sidelines.
Manager Arsene Wenger admits he rushed Wilshere back too soon but will take no more chances with his fitness as the Gunners look to cement a top-four finish.
Gareth Bale (Tottenham), Romelu Lukaku (West Brom), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) and Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) are also on the shortlist.
The winner will be announced in London on April 28.
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