Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere says he wants Bournemouth to win when they travel to The Emirates on Sunday.
Wilshere, 24, joined the Cherries on a season-long loan on deadline day in the summer in a bid to get some first-team games under his belt and he has been a success at Dean Court.
He has made nine Premier League appearances and played almost 700 minutes of football and was recently recalled to the England squad by interim boss Gareth Southgate.
Wilshere will watch from the sidelines though when the two teams meet, as part of the loan arrangement, but he has confessed he will be cheering on the visitors, despite being a boyhood Arsenal fan after joining the academy at nine years old.
Asked who he wanted to win, he told the Daily Express: “At the minute I’m a Bournemouth player so I want Bournemouth to win.
“It’s frustrating of course (not being allowed to play), I’ve just got a run of games.
“But it might be a good thing in a way, just to miss one and refresh and go again.
“But I’ll be there so it’ll be alright.”
Wilshere’s Bournemouth team-mate Harry Arter had nothing but praise for the loanee.
“He’s an unbelievable player, He’s probably one of England’s most talented players, and one of our most talented players in the squad without a shadow of a doubt.
“I can’t pinpoint one thing I’ve learned from him. But his all-round game can take not just myself, but everyone on to the next level,” he told the BBC.
“It’s difficult for me to say because I love Arsenal and I’ve had great times there, and they’ve been great for me, and I can still see myself playing there,” said Wilshere.
“But who knows what the future holds? I’ve got a year left when I go back there.
“At the moment I’m just trying to have a season where it puts me in a good position at the end of the year, I’m improved as a player and Arsenal want me back, and we’ll see where we go from there.
“I always thought to myself ‘of course I love Arsenal’ but if there comes a time where I have to leave, then I have to leave, you know? If I go back and I’m not going to be playing, then, of course, I have to think about things.”