Arsenal’s surprise summer transfer departure Jack Wilshere made his competitive debut for Bournemouth yesterday. The midfielder who joined Bournemouth for regular pitch time stated that he felt at home playing for the Cherries.
Wilshere was introduced as a 63rd minute substitute when he replaced Jordon Ibe in the 1-0 win over West Brom. The England international almost bagged a debut assist to his name but his target Junior Stanislas could only manage to shoot straight at West Brom’s goalkeeper Ben Foster.
Speaking to Bournemouth’s official website, he expressed his excitement about the win and his experience playing with his new teammates.
“It was a good win for us today,” Wilshere said.
“I thought we did very well and deserved the three points. It was great at the end to be on the pitch celebrating and applauding the fans – that’s what it is all about.
“Hopefully if we can keep performing like that and getting results then they will keep coming.
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“It was also good to come on for my first minutes and get used to the way that the boys play.
“It’s similar to the way I am used to playing at Arsenal – I can fit into this team, I think.”
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has a similar strategy to that of Wenger at Arsenal. They like to move the ball around with a combination of long passes and short, sharp passes between players, something which suits Wilshere’s game and allows the Englishman to express himself.
Wilshere had an impressive passing accuracy of 89% and created one goal scoring opportunity in the total 30 minutes he was on the pitch. The philosophy to retain possession which Wilshere has been used to at the Emirates is also evident in Bournemouth’s playing style.
While it is odd to see Wilshere in a club kit which is not Arsenal’s, it is good to see the midfielder back in action. Regular game time can not only help him earn his place back in the England squad but it can also help him mature into a more complete midfielder.
It is hoped that Wilshere has a successful loan spell with The Cherries and returns to Arsenal with experience that can help him regain his place in the Gunners’ midfield.