English Premiership

Wilshere thriving on south coast challenge

2016-10-24 18:46
Jack Wilshere (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Jack Wilshere says that his loan move to Bournemouth from Arsenal served as a wake-up call and he is enjoying the challenge at the south coast club.

Wilshere played 90 minutes of football for the first time since September 2014 in the Cherries' 1-1 draw with high-flying Tottenham, having been eased into the first-team fold by manager Eddie Howe.

The 24-year-old feels that the experience has taken him out of his comfort zone and will help breathe new life into his career.

"I would agree it's good to get out of your comfort zone," Wilshere said.

"Sometimes when you're at a top club and you've been at a top club your whole career and you're playing week in week out, it is easy to get into that comfort zone.

"That is something coaches and managers drum into you and for me to come down here and taste a different side of the Premier League where you have to fight for everything, fight for every point and work as a team it is definitely out of my comfort zone.

"But the lads and manager have been great for me and I'm looking forward to the season."

Wilshere, who is focused on improving his game, hasn't thought about his long-term future and a return to Arsenal, and rubbished a suggestion by Jamie Redknapp that his time at the Emirates was over.

"I don't know where he got that from," Wilshere said.

"I've not really thought about that so how other people can comment on it...listen, he's entitled to his opinion.

"If he doesn't see me going back to Arsenal then that's up to him but I haven't thought about that."

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