Jack Wilshere is eager to build on what has been a successful personal season after spending the entire last campaign on the sidelines.
The England international midfielder made his comeback against Queens Park Rangers in October last year and managed 33 appearances all up to help the Gunners regain form, however again injury restricted his involvement towards the tail end of the season.
Arsenal managed a top four finish with limited use of Wilshere, so he is eager to be an integral part of Arsene Wenger’s side next season as they continue their quest to win break their silverware drought.
His form dipped slightly in April, however prior to that he was back to his all-action best. While Gooners witnessed his quick return to form upon his return, he admitted there were certainly moments during his comeback with the reserves that were less than impressive, but that is to be expected after such a long spell out of the game.
Wilshere told Arsenal Player:
From a personal point of view it has been good season for me, especially after last year.
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I played no games last year, so to get 33 under my belt this time was great and it puts me in good stead for next season as well.
Hopefully I can get more games under my belt, improve my form a bit more and get back to the level I know I can get to.
I had a good run of games after my injury, then I picked up another injury, which set me back a bit. But before that I was pleased with my form and how the team were playing.
I played in the reserves a few times and if anyone had seen me they would have known it took me a while to get back to my best.
From when I played my first first-team game, it did happen quite quickly [that I found my form] and I was surprised and delighted about it. But the games beforehand… they were not good to be involved in!
This season has been a big stepping stone for Wilshere who had to deal with a frustrating injury for so long at such a young age. The 21-year-old has demonstrated a real fighting attitude and dedication to his recovery however was unfortunate not to be involved more in the season run-in.
This summer he can have a rest, get his ankle sorted then begin pre-season training with the rest of the squad and start the reason raring to go!