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Saturday 3 December 2016

Jack Wilshere turns out in Bournemouth shirt for the first time

Published 03/09/2016 | 18:41

Jack Wilshere played his first match for Bournemouth on Saturday
Jack Wilshere played his first match for Bournemouth on Saturday

Jack Wilshere played the first half of a testimonial match against AC Milan in his first appearance for Bournemouth since signing on a season-long loan move from Arsenal.

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The 24-year-old completed a surprise switch to the Cherries just ahead of the closure of the transfer window late on Wednesday evening, having seen his first-team opportunities limited with the Gunners.

Wilshere, not selected for Sam Allardyce's first England squad, was named in Bournemouth's starting XI for Warren Cummings' testimonial at the Vitality Stadium.

The midfielder was soon in the thick of the action, breaking down the right before crossing to Lewis Grabban, who shot wide, and then saw a curling shot saved by Milan goalkeeper Gabriel Ferreira.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe made a number of changes for the second half, including replacing Wilshere.

Milan went ahead on 64 minutes through Suso, who had a spell at Liverpool earlier in his career, but Bournemouth were soon level through Lys Mousset, who joined the English side from Le Havre in the summer.

The Italian side were swiftly in front again on 66 minutes when M'Baye Niang converted a penalty having been fouled by Cherries keeper Jordan Holmes.

Wilshere could be set for his Premier League debut with Bournemouth after the international break at home to West Brom on September 10.

Wilshere believes Bournemouth will prove to be the ''best place'' for him this season.

Howe is also confident the Arsenal midfielder can make an impact as the Cherries look to cement their place in the Premier League.

He said on the club's official website, www.afcb.co.uk: "Jack Wilshere also came in and did very well. I thought he showed his technical quality in and around the box. He worked really hard for the team which is of course important.

"We're looking forward to working with Jack further and integrating him into our team."

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