Jack Wilshere took some time out from his holiday’s to speak to ESPN and answer some questions.
Top of the agenda was the midfielder’s ankle which has caused him a number of problems over the last two seasons and which saw him undergo an operation to replace two screws which were causing him pain.
Asked how it was, Wilshere replied
[It’s] 100 percent. I’m really looking forward to having a solid preseason.
I haven’t had one in two years and once you miss it, you’re always playing catch-up. It’s a chance to show the manager that you deserve to be in the team and I think there’s going to be competition for a few spots. But that’s a good thing.
If you’re going to challenge for trophies, you need a big squad. You can’t expect 11 players to do it every week.
Asked about Wenger’s comments that he rushed him back too soon, Wilshere replied
I’ve always had a good relationship with the manager as I did with Steve Bould in the youth teams.
They both have been protective of me and told me not to feel pressure about coming back into the team until I’m totally fit.
But as a player, you want to play every game, especially when those games can determine the success of your season.
So maybe I wasn’t quite ready and it showed on the field.