Tuesday 12 December 2017

Wilshere revels in Bournemouth battle

Jack Wilshere: 'I am feeling better and better. It's a long time not to play 90 minutes. I feel like I am getting that first five yards of power back and when I have that I can do more with the ball' Photo: Paul Harding/PA Wire
Jack Wilshere: 'I am feeling better and better. It's a long time not to play 90 minutes. I feel like I am getting that first five yards of power back and when I have that I can do more with the ball' Photo: Paul Harding/PA Wire

Sam Dean

Arsene Wenger's decision to send Jack Wilshere out of the north London bubble looks wiser with every passing game.

Stagnating at the club he joined when he was just nine years old, Wilshere has been given the chance to express himself away from the glare of the Emirates and rebuild his shattered fitness.

In a frenetic draw with Tottenham at the Vitality Stadium, Wilshere completed 90 minutes in the Premier League for the first time since September 2014.

It was not his finest performance. He was often wasteful with the ball, and frequently found himself overpowered by Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele. But he harried and fought and poured everything he had into a match in which Bournemouth abandoned their usual passing game for an aggressive exhibition of frenzied pressing.

It was a somewhat different style of play to what Wilshere had grown used to at Arsenal, but it will do him no harm.

"For me to come down here and taste a different side of the Premier League, where you have to fight for everything, it is definitely out of my comfort zone," he said.

"I am feeling better and better. It's a long time not to play 90 minutes. I feel like I am getting that first five yards of power back and when I have that I can do more with the ball.

"I am working hard in training but you can't get that match fitness unless you are playing games."

Irish Independent

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