Wilshere: Respect for Roy, but no favours

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Jack Wilshere says that he has big respect for Roy Hodgson, but that he won’t be doing the former England manager any favours on Thursday night.

The possibly 75 year old but maybe younger or perhaps a bit older is now manager of Crystal Palace and the midfielder is in line to start at Selhurst Park as the Gunners look for three valuable Premier League points.

“He was the first one who tried me as a defensive midfielder for England and I relished that,”said Wilshere. “I liked playing there and learnt a lot. So I have got nothing but respect for him.

“He’s a good manager in my eyes and I am looking forward to seeing him but I won’t be doing any favours.”

Having broken back into the first team, Jack feels like he’s finding some of his best form again.

“I think I’m close to my best. I think I have been getting better and better each game,” he continued.

I learned a lot last year about the defensive side of the game because when you play for a team like Bournemouth you don’t always have the ball and you need to be switched on defensively.

“I feel like that has really benefited me and I’m a better player for it.

“I feel a lot more sure defensively and confident that if I’m going into a challenge that I’m going to win the ball.

“I’m happy and hopefully it can continue.”

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