Jack Wilshere says that next season is a big one for him, coming off the back of yet another injury hit campaign.
The midfielder acknowledges that the time has come for him to make his mark properly for club and country, and admits to being ‘devastated’ at England’s World Cup failure.
Speaking to the Guardian, Wilshere was asked if he felt next season had to be big one, he said, “I think it is. I’m not young any more. I’m going to be 23 in January and that’s a good age for a footballer.
It’s a big season for me, it’s a big season for Arsenal. But at the moment, I’m devastated. I’ve got to try and get over this and then try to move on next season.”
Touching on England’s disappointing World Cup campaign, he said, “It is a nice group of young players and hopefully we can stick together, learn from this tournament, take all this disappointment and bottle it up. This is the worst feeling. I won the FA Cup at the end of last season so I know what it’s like.
“I was fresh from winning, so to then have this disappointment is not nice. We’ve got to bottle this feeling up and take it on.”
With pre-season training with the Gunners starting shortly, Wilshere admitted that he’s unlikely to be on the trip to New York as he and other players who went to Brazil will be given some time off, but he remains determined to keep himself in top shape ahead of the new season.
“I’m going to carry on training, do my bit, because I only played two games in the last three or four months. I will go back early. They are going away to New York and I’m not sure I’m going on that, but I will definitely still do my little bit.
“My fitness is on the way up and I don’t want to lose that.”
Wilshere’s potential and talent is obvious, but he really needs to overcome the injuries that have blighted his career to really step forward. Last season was one of progress all the same, with 48 appearances for club and country, and the most productive he’s ever been in terms of goals and assists.
That he wants to move forward from there and do better for us is an attitude that’s great to see.