Jack Wilshere says being left out of the England squad helped to make up his mind to leave Arsenal.
Wilshere joined Bournemouth on a season-long loan in the summer, and has featured regularly for the Cherries in the Premier League.
He has played in their last seven league fixtures, and recently completed a 90-minute match for the first time in over two years.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he says that being left out of Sam Allardyce’s England squad – as well as Gareth Southgate’s subsequent selection – forced him into leaving the Emirates, even if only temporarily.
“When the England squad was announced and I wasn’t in it, it hurt me,” he said. “I want to be part of the England squad. I feel like I’m good enough, I can make a difference in the team and when I was left out, it sparked something in me.
“I thought ‘I need a change. I need to be part of a team where I’m going to play week in, week out, be an important member of the team and make a difference.’
“The player I am and the character I am, to get the best out of me I need to feel responsibility and be part of a team that needs me, so that’s the main reason I came — to play football and prove to everyone I can play week in, week out.
“I’m enjoying training every day. I’m feeling fit and confident and it’s only just come in the last couple of weeks.
“When I first came here, I was excited and ready, but it took me a few games to get up to speed with the Premier League and in the game against Tottenham, I felt really fit.
“I can last 90 minutes, I can try different things on the pitch, my confidence is back and hopefully I can build on that now and get many more 90 minutes.”
He added, on his future: “I love Arsenal. I love the fans. The manager has been great to me and been a big part of my life from when I was 10 years old. I’ve got good friends there, players, the staff and people will laugh, but the physios too. I’ve become close with them.
“So I don’t want to say I’m never going to go back there but at the same time, I’m not really thinking about that. My focus is helping Bournemouth climb the table and improving myself as a player.”