Bournemouth loanee Jack Wilshere has admitted his happiness and relief at returning to play regular football again.
The midfielder has caught the eye since a season-long loan move to the south coast and recently completed his first 90 minutes of football in two years.
In a documentary with Sky Sports, Wilshere spoke about his long layoffs with injury and why he opted to switch to Eddie Howe’s side.
“Let’s forget the last two years,” Wilshere said.
“Two years of injuries, of coming back, of trying to get fit and not getting in the team and then picking up another injury and missing too much football.
“Let’s just erase the last two years and start again.
“I don’t think you can put into words the feelings you get playing week in and week out.”
Wilshere admits his time spent on the sidelines and breaking down so frequently was beginning to drag him down and he added: “When I was young at Arsenal, you take it for granted playing all the time. Once you’re fit and you get a run of games, you can do a lot more on the pitch; you can express yourself; your confidence comes back and I think I’ve got to that stage.
“There was a time at Arsenal when I was coming back from injury and trying to get fit or even when I first came to Bournemouth when I was thinking ‘let’s get through this game, get my fitness up and move on to the next game’.
“Now I’m at the stage where I’m enjoying it. I’m trying different things and I’m getting that feeling back and getting fitter and fitter each week.”
Wilshere’s manager at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, admitted last week he was ready to hand the midfielder a new deal at the Emirates after keeping a close eye on his progress, while Martin Keown suggested earlier this week his absence in the midfield was being felt by the Gunners.
Keown said: “Jack Wilshere sitting in the stands – he’s going to be looking at Granit Xhaka and wondering ‘should I be out there myself?’”
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