Wenger hints at wide role for Wilshere

Date published: Thursday 16th July 2015 9:54

Wilshere set up one goal and scored a penalty from the No.10 position in Arsenal’s 4-0 win over a Singapore Select XI on Wednesday, but Wenger hinted afterwards that he may not always be used through the middle this season.

“For me he can play in all the offensive positions,” said Wenger. “Wide, central, and we have many good creative players. They will all tell you they want to play centrally. Unfortunately, some have to go wide as well.”

Asked if he had spoken to Wenger about his likely role, Wilshere said: “I haven’t, but I will do before the start of the season. I’m just concentrating on getting fit.”

Wilshere only returned from almost five months out with an ankle ligament injury in May, but the England midfielder cut short his summer break to build on his fitness and is already close to his best, according to Wenger.

“Already in the last two or three games of last season, he has found his burst back,” said the Arsenal boss.

“His acceleration. For him and Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain] it is a big part of their game. To be efficient they need that. There are high demands physically to be perfect.

“He is getting close. Top level today is so demanding physical that to be in and out is a nightmare for the players. He needs continuity. After that we play so many games. We have a big squad but not a massive one, and the opportunities will be there for everyone.”

With his injury problems hopefully behind him, Wilshere is now focused on nailing down a regular spot in the Arsenal starting XI – wherever that may be.

“I wanted to come in early because I felt I missed too much of last and wanted to give myself the best opportunity,” he said. “It’s down to us as individuals to make that place ours but I’m up for the challenge and I’m sure the other boys are as well.”

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