Jack Wilshere is determined to prove the doubters wrong but says he knows that staying fit is the key to him having a successful season on loan at Bournemouth.
The 24 year old popped his Cherries cherry yesterday, coming on in the 63rd minute, and helping his new team to a 1-0 win over West Brom. He was happy to get some playing time under his belt – although he had been used similarly by Arsene Wenger is the Gunners previous two games – and said if people have reservations about him it should only be over his ability to play regularly.
Speaking after the game, Wilshere said, “If there is a question mark about me, I know that it’s my fitness. So I hope to get as many minutes in, prove everyone wrong and re-kick my career.
“I’m feeling better with each training session. The sessions are intense and I’m getting up to speed.”
He also said the style of play at Bournemouth was a significant part of why he decided to join the club.
“A big reason I came here was the manager and his philosophy to pass the ball and keep the ball” he said. “That’s want I want to do. He’s a great coach. I’ve been working here for 10 days. The training is hard and intense but that’s what I need now.
“It was a good win for us and it was good for me to come on and get my first minutes and get used to how the lads play.
“I spoke with the manager during the week and he’s got a plan for me so I was happy to be on the bench.”
So, one game down. On to the next. And the next. And the next etc etc.