Jack Wilshere spoke about his injury problems, what he sees as his best position and Arsenal’s title chances among other things on Sunday.
Wilshere, who has once again been forced to watch from the sidelines this season, appeared on Goals on Sunday on Sky Sports on Sunday morning.
Here is what the England midfielder had to say…
“I want to play every week and be fit for every game possible but if I don’t play the way I play then I’m not going to be the same player. Maybe in training you can be not as mad and not go in for stupid tackles, but when it comes to a game, when I cross that line I want to win.
“I do find it hard not to go in 100%, the manager always says you have to train how you play but maybe in training I do have to calm down a little bit.
“I think this one was mentally the toughest to take. Last season I started the season well, got injured and missed most of the season, came back towards the end, got back in the England team, had a good game with England and then I only took two weeks off in the summer because I wanted to go back early and get fit, which I did.
“Pre-season I didn’t have any muscle injuries or anything like that, it was just a freak incident in training. It is tough but I’ve got good people around me, family and friends and they really help.”
On Arsenal’s title chances
“I wouldn’t say it is too early [to start dreaming about the title] because that’s what we all want to do – win the league. We feel week in, week out we get stronger and stronger. That’s all we can do, we can take each game as it comes.
“We didn’t start the Champions League well either but we got a big result in the week for that as well, we’re still in that and things are going well at the moment.
“In past seasons we’ve struggled at the start of the season and then woken up in January when we’ve realised we need to get into the top four and finish in the Champions League.
“But this year I think we’ve continued with where we finished last season, we’ve got players in there that want to win now, fighting for each other, it’s a great team spirit and if we can continue this then who knows?
“We’ve got to take each game as it comes but we’re feeling good at the moment so everyone is confident.”
On his best position
“I think it varies because we play differently with England than we do for Arsenal and also I think we have different types of players. If I had to say which one I prefer, I’d have to say the deeper one I play for England.
“With the boss the way he is, when he plays me on the right he always says ‘if you want to come in and create things then you’re more than welcome but when you lose the ball, that’s your position, keep the shape and defend from there [the right].”
On beating Bayern Munich
“We beat, for me, one of the best teams in the world on Tuesday. The most important thing is we kept it going and we did that yesterday. [The atmosphere] was good, I think that is going to be our biggest challenge this season when teams come to the Emirates and they try and protect the result.
“We’ve got players like Mesut [Ozil] and Alexis [Sanchez] who can break teams down and we got the two goals. We seem to do that well when we get the first goal, we turn around quick and win the ball back high. We did that yesterday and the second half was a bit nervy but we got the win.”
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