NOW I’M HAPPY WITH WHERE I AM, SAYS ARSENAL ACE
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.”