Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is counting on bringing Jack Wilshere back to the Emirates after his loan spell at Bournemouth.
Wilshere, 24, was kept to just three appearances last season due to injury. He left Arsenal on transfer deadline day to join Bournemouth on loan for the remainder of the 2016/17 campaign. But Wenger is clear that Wilshere has nothing to prove, he just wants him to get a good amount of games under his belt.
“I hope personally that [Wilshere] stays his whole career here,” Wenger said. “Jack is a world-class player. He doesn’t have to show me he has the quality to play at Bournemouth, he just needs to be back at a competitive level.”
With the arrival of Granit Xhaka over the summer, and the earlier signing of Mohamed Elneny in January, Wenger couldn’t give Wilshere a guaranteed starting spot in the team.
“We had a chat together and he himself was concerned that he would not get enough competition early enough,” Wenger said. “He feels ready to play, and I couldn’t guarantee that.
“We thought it was a decision that looked logical to give him time to come back to a competitive level. At some stage you need competition.
“The challenge for Jack is to play the games. He wanted games and I can understand his desire. I felt it was logical – let’s not forget last year he didn’t play. You cannot be out for two seasons and then want to be at the top level. It’s important he gets the number of games this season.”