Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By IAN WIN­ROW

JACK WIL­SHERE in­sists he never lost faith that he could re­cover from last sea­son’s frus­tra­tions.

The Arse­nal mid­fielder has bat­tled his way back after a num­ber of se­ri­ous in­juries.

But last year he strug­gled to get back to his best.

And de­spite be­ing part of the Eng­land set-up at last sum­mer’s World Cup fi­nals, Wil­shere found him­self slip­ping down the in­ter­na­tional peck­ing or­der.

The player is still only 22, but after five years at the top he has seen play­ers like Daniel Stur­ridge and Ra­heem Ster­ling grab more of the spot­light.

But Wil­shere has shown this sea­son he is back to his best.

And the Gun­ners star said: “I’ve been very pleased. I said at the start of the sea­son that it was go­ing to take me a few games to come back to the level I was at.

“When you miss time at this level you lose a bit of pace, a bit of form and it takes you time to get back. I’m very pleased.


“The main thing that got me back is my pride.

“I never wanted to stop. I was never sat­is­fied with the level I was play­ing at.

“I al­ways knew that I could come back to a level that I wanted to be at and be able to dom­i­nate games.

“I’m happy with where I am at the mo­ment, but I still think I can do a lit­tle bit bet­ter.”

Wil­shere has scored just five goals in 93 league ap­pear­ances for Arsene Wenger’s side.

And he ad­mits he must of­fer more of a goal threat if he is to take his game to the next level.

He added: “I’ve said be­fore that my goalscor­ing record has never been good enough and that I al­ways want to add more goals.

“You look at the top mid­field­ers in the world, like Lam­pard and Ger­rard who were get­ting 15 or 20 goals a sea­son back in their day.

“I’m not say­ing I can get that many, be­cause they were spe­cial­ists at that, but I could def­i­nitely get into dou­ble fig­ures.”

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