Jack Wilshere has dismissed suggestions that there isn’t room for him in the Arsenal midfield emphasising that competition for places will only make him stronger.
As is almost expected these days, Arsene Wenger’s decision to start Tomas Rosicky next to Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil has had certain portions of the sporting press not only questioning where the England man fits into the Gunners side but also if he’ll live up to the ridiculous hype they themselves whipped up.
Highlighting that he was due a rest after a hectic schedule, Wilshere told the Independent that the current strength in depth at the Emirates can only be positive and should see Arsenal challenge for honours this season.
“It was just a formation thing,” Wilshere said of his starting the Napoli game on the bench.
“I am feeling fine, (Tomas) Rosicky is coming back from injury and needed a game. I have played a lot of games recently, so I was just happy to get on and help at the end.
“We still have Santi Cazorla to come back, so we are going to have a great squad. When I broke into the team, it was similar – there was [Cesc] Fabregas, [Abou] Diaby, [Alex] Song, players like that.
“It brings the best out of me and it will bring the best out of the other players as well. 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.”
Arseblog News suspects Arsene isn’t suffering the same headache suffered by Fleet Street’s finest. Wilshere for all his fitness problems remains a player 99% of clubs would love in their ranks; we’re just very lucky right now that he’s being outshone by players performing out of their skins.
The best teams have always had players who can step into the breach and cover for great players not quite in top form. It’s exactly what made the club so successful in Wenger’s early years. In time we’ve no doubt Jack will return to his best.
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