Jack Wilshere has revealed he is enthusiastic about Arsenal’s silverware hopes this season and understands his omission against Napoli Tuesday’s Champions League win.
The England international has clarified that there are no injury worries that led to his exclusion, rather it was down to a tactical move from the manager to allow Tomas Rosicky to return to the fold after missing most of the new season through injury.
Wilshere said he was happy to just be involved in the latter stages of the match and is excited rather than disappointed by the amount of competition around the team, with Santi Cazorla set to return to the squad shortly, making selection even more difficult for Arsene Wenger in the coming weeks.
The all-action midfielder told Arsenal.com:
I have played a lot of games recently, so I was just happy to get on and help at the end. It was just a formation thing. I am feeling fine, Tomas Rosicky is coming back from injury and he needed a game.
It is exciting. We still have Santi Cazorla to come back, so we are going to have a great squad.
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If we can keep everyone fit, we are going to be real contenders in all four competitions. We have not really had this over the last few years, all of this competition for places. We are all excited and we just have to keep it up now.
The Gunners are looking to end their trophy-less streak this season and the depth of the squad will help them fight on all fronts. Wilshere feels the competition for places within the squad will bring the best out of him rather than falter his development.
When I broke into the team, it was similar. There was Fabregas, Diaby, Song, players like that. It brings the best out of me and it will bring the best out of the other players as well.
The English midfielder has played out of position recently, finding himself on the left side of the midfield with a lack of wingers available through injury and certain players un-droppable in his preferred position. He has done a decent job out wide which has been testament to his hardworking attitude but he has not been as influential as many had hoped and expected of him this season.
Aaron Ramsey has stolen the limelight with consistent, impressive performances but even he was shifted out wide against Napoli. Even though playing on the wing has not prevented Wilshere and the Welshman from cutting inside, it is not their best positions but both have been happy to a job.
Wilshere will get plenty of opportunities to play this season and push on. Wenger now has a whole series of options especially when the likes of Cazorla, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott return in the next month or so, as he can play a series of different formations to suit their opponents. This is something that just hasn’t been an option in the past, and a more attacking minded formation will see Wilshere integrated when possible. But at present he is not able to displace Flamini, Ramsey or Ozil.
What are your thoughts Gooners? Do you think Wilshere should be higher in the pecking order or will he have to prove his ability after a mixed start to the season? Comment below…