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Thursday 14 December 2017

Wilshere: Gunners will remain grounded

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal ceelbrates scoring the opening goal with Serge Gnabry of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on January 13, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal ceelbrates scoring the opening goal with Serge Gnabry of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on January 13, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Jack Wilshere insists Arsenal are not getting carried away after they returned to the top of the Barclays Premier League with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

The Gunners were 2-0 up after scoring twice in as many minutes through Wilshere and Olivier Giroud but Christian Benteke grabbed one back with 16 minutes to go to set up a tense finish.

The result means every team in the top seven has won over the weekend and Wilshere does not believe his team-mates will get ahead of themselves.

"We've just got to take each game as it comes, we know we're top of the league," he told Sky Sports 1.

"We've had a game every three days up to now and now we've got a week off so it's important we get our rest in."

He added: "It's a massive three points.

"It was interesting in the second half when Villa came at us. We've done that a lot this season. We seem to drop a bit and let teams come onto us in the second half but we dealt with it well and we're showing that side of our game.

"Hopefully we can continue that for the rest of the season.

"When we're up against it this season, we've got Per (Mertesacker) and (Laurent) Koscielny at the back who have been brilliant.

"It's not easy to deal with Benteke with (Gabriel) Agbonlahor running off him but they've done it well tonight."

As well as getting on the scoresheet himself, Wilshere set up the goal for Giroud and, while he admits he would rather play in an attacking role, he will do whatever is needed for the team.

"I'm not really a defensive midfielder," he said. "I'd say I was an attacking midfielder and if you're going to be one of them you're going to have to create and score goals.

"I looked at it this season and I came back from injury last season and this season I really had to push on on that front.

"In this team we've got great competition and it's important that we rotate a lot.

"Sometimes I'm going to have to play wide, sometimes I'll play in the middle but as long as the team is playing well and we get the three points, that's all that matters."

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