A more mature Jack Wilshere sounds keen to stay at Arsenal

Poor Jack Wilshere has suffered terribly from injuries after his brilliant breakthrough season as a teenager, but Arsenal have always stood by him and given him every chance to rehabilitate and try to earn his place back in Wenger’s first team. After nearly managing a whole season of fitness at Bournemouth last season, he has now returned to the Emirates and we are at last seeing him return to form in an Arsenal shirt and is now on the cusp of breaking back into the first team.

Jack says he has now matured and is now happy just to be fit and ready for when Wenger calls on him to play, and he sounds very relaxed and happy to stay beyond this season. He doesn’t mention his contract talks but he doesn’t sound like he has any interest in moving away from Arsenal. “I think [I have changed],” Wilshere said. “I’m married now and I’ve got two kids, I’m 25.

“Since I was 18, 19 you do a lot of growing up. People say to you when you’re 21, 22 that you’ll grow up a lot in the next few years and you’re just like ‘Nah, no chance’. But then, when you look back, you were doing things at 21 that you wouldn’t think about doing now.

“So I think I’ve changed, I’ve grown up. I’ve got a wife, two kids and I’m getting older now.

“As you get older, you appreciate what you’ve got and your game time, your minutes and that you’re fit. Not just fit and playing, because I’m fit at the minute, and I’m not necessarily playing but I’m happy and I’m available for selection and that’s all you can ask for.

“There are going to be times in your career when you’re injured, you’re going to miss out on things and you have to use those moments and those hours in the gym as motivation for when you’re back to want to stay there.”

There has been much talk about Jack’s contract running out in the summer, but both him and Wenger seem confident that an agreement will be made for him to remain at the club. Jack made his stance clear just a few days ago. He said, “I’ve got a great relationship with the boss, I’ve heard him speak in press conferences he’s ensured me I will get some playing time.

“I want to stay at this club, I’ve said that many times.

“I left last year to get some football, I’ve done that and I’m back now and I’m fit and ready to play.

“The future will take care of itself. All I have got to do is stay fit and play my football.

“I’m a proud Englishman and I want to be playing whenever I can.

“Unfortunately it’s down to the manager who didn’t select me and said I need more football and that’s what I’ve got to do.”

With Wenger recently saying that Jack could play in Ozil or Alexis position, it looks like he will definitely have a place in the starting line-up next season, so it seems certain he will still be with us, perhaps until the end of his career?



  1. Drew Loves Arsenal says:

    Jack Wilshire is a Gunner through and through and I will support him until !
    I hope we give him a new offer.

  2. barryglik says:

    To be fair Jack had a very
    good run at Bournemouth.
    He played more football last season
    than the 4 seasons before.
    This season Wenger has played him in the cups not the league
    allowing Wilshere to gradually regain his fitness technique and confidence.
    One game at a time is the right way with Wilshere right now.
    Touch wood Wilshere has finally turned the corner and by
    seasons end we will see the very best of him in the Arsenal shirt again.

  3. Juhi McLovin says:

    Against Tottenham we should field:

    —————— Cech
    —– Koscielny – Mertesacker – Monreal
    Bellerin – Wilshere – Coquelin – Kolasinac
    ———– Iwobi —– Sanchez
    —————– Lacazette

    1. Maks says:

      Good team but Im afraid Wenger will put his dear Ramsey in it (if his not seriously injured). And we have two week spots cos our poor Arsenal didnt buy a new CB and CDM.

  4. reddb10 says:

    Wilshere is ten times better than ozil and a hundred times more committed.

  5. l says:

    I watched a clip of Carzola. How beautiful it is to watch his skills. He reminds me of Rosicky, though they are not exactly the same kind of players but they have one thing in common – attractive football. It is fearful Santi might not be able to replicate those moment due to the extent of the injury and his age. The only available player who has something close Carzola and Rosicky is Jack Wilshere. If only he can learn how to release the ball on time in tight positions to avoid injuries. Maturity should teach him that.

    1. Maks says:

      Great comparison… Rosicky brought us at least two “thropies” (3rd and 4th spots) by his increadible skill and big heart at the end of the seasons. No Rosicky no Champions league.

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