Arsenal's Jack Wilshere blasts Samir Nasri's jibes: 'hopefully we can rub his face in it next year'
JACK Wilshere has attacked Samir Nasri for mocking Arsenal’s third-place finish and admits he is looking forward to making his former teammate pay for his comments.
Wilshere could not believe Nasri decided to use City’s title triumph as an opportunity to attack the club he left for £24 million last summer, and believes the France international will be made to regret his outburst.
In an interview earlier this week, Nasri goaded those who criticised him for moving to Man City and defended his reasons for doing so.
As well as accusing some Arsenal players of having an easy life at the Emirates, he said he had moved to a club that would "never settle for second best".
He added: "I hope they are watching me now collecting my Premier League winner's medal. I believe they have not won a trophy for many years now.
"I now hope the Arsenal fans can get on with their lives and forget me, they should celebrate their third-place achievement and I will focus on winning titles."
As well as infuriating supporters, Nasri has also managed to anger his former colleagues, with Wilshere the first to fire back.
"I don't know what goes on in his head," said Wilshere. "Fair play, he has won a trophy, but over the next couple of years our goal is to win a trophy and I can see us winning a trophy.
"Maybe he spoke too soon and hopefully we can rub his face in it next year."
For Arsenal to do that, Wilshere, who will miss the European Championships with an ankle injury, knows the importance of this week’s contract talks with captain Robin van Persie.
"It’s important we keep him," he said. "Everybody knows what he brings to the team and also in terms of his leadership qualities. I think getting third place (in the Premier League) will help us do that. I know there are contract talks this week and I hope we can keep him in the team."
Wilshere is expected to be fit for the start of Arsenal's pre-season training in July and, while he is frustrated to miss the Euros, he has applauded Roy Hodgson's decision to appoint Gary Neville as a coach in the new regime.
"The appointment of Gary Neville is genius," said Wilshere, in an interview with TalkSport. "When you watch him on Sky, his football knowledge is clear for everyone to see.
"I think it's important that he's a young guy who knows the dressing room. He's played with or against most of the guys and his hunger on the pitch was clear, so hopefully he can bring that into the dressing room."
Wilshere also feels Hodgson would do well to try to entice Paul Scholes out of international retirement to be part of the squad for Poland and Ukraine.
"I would love to play with Scholes," he added. "When I was growing up, he was one of the best midfielders in the country, and he still is.
"I'm sure the young players would all look up to him so it would be a good move if he did come out of retirement."