Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has this week been reflecting on his pre-season experiences and revealed that he was eager to play in the first team at a very young age, he told Arsenal Player.
Wilshere was part of the first team squad at the age of 16 and grew frustrated that he wasn’t being picked to play alongside the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie, something which he finds quite amusing when looking back.
Arguably the brightest talent to emerge from our academy since Tony Adams, Wilshere has been subjected to much attention over the past few years and he remains thankful to Arsene Wenger.
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“I remember going home and thinking why am I not playing,” Wilshere told our in-house media channel.
“Looking back now, I was nowhere near ready. I was just this young kid around these superstars; Fabregas, Adebayor, Van Persie and they were fighting for the Premier League.
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“The boss was clever because he put me in for some games, took me out, made me train some games and then put me out again.”
Now 23, Wilshere is set for arguably his most important pre-season to date following a stop-start career over the past few years.
With massive competition in our midfield, the time has arrived for Wilshere to transform his potential into actual performances and show the world what we all know he’s capable of.