Jack Wilshere admits it’s impossible for him to say if he will return to Arsenal next season, or indeed if he has a future at the club.
Wilshere joined Bournemouth on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day as he bids to get his career back on track after years of injury frustration.
The midfielder has made a good start to life on the south coast where he recently completed his first 90 minutes in over two years and also won a recall to the England squad.
But despite admitting he still wants to play for Arsenal, Wilshere admits it’s impossible to make predictions.
“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,” he said.
“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.
“But at the moment I’m concentrating on Bournemouth. I want to put myself in a position where I go back next year and I’m a better player, and I’m fitter, and I can prove to people I can play week in, week out, and I’m ready for the challenge.”
Wilshere on Arsenal exit
Wilshere has explained about the situation leading up to his Arsenal departure and insisted manager Arsene Wenger had been nothing but straight with him.
“I spoke to Arsene before I went to Bournemouth and he said I would play, but I wanted more than that,” he said. “I wanted to be an important player for the team and play week in, week out – from the start – and I just got the feeling I needed a change if I was to experience that.
“I spoke to him on the phone, I didn’t speak to him in person, so it was hard to tell (if he wanted to keep me). I said to him I wanted to play and he’d already had a feeling that I wanted to go on loan because my agent had spoken to Dick Law (contract negotiator), and I think he’d had the chance to think about it, and when I spoke to him he said ‘it’s fine’.”