Cape Town - West Ham United midfielder Jack
Wilshere is excited about having a fresh challenge at a new club and
hopes to hit the ground running for the Irons.
Wilshere joined Manuel Pellegrini's charges as a free agent on July 9
after his contract at Arsenal expired and he is motivated to repay the
faith that has been shown in him by his new manager.
"[Manuel] is really hands-on on the pitch. He's trying to change
things as obviously we're still getting used to him and he's getting
used to us," he told the club's official website.
"The training has been quite intense, but it's what we need and what I
need, especially, after a long time off. I've only been back for ten
days, so I'm feeling fitter and fitter each day.
"The manager told me the formation he wants to play and the position
he wants me to play and that's one reason why I wanted to be part of it
[here at West Ham], because I want to be an important player. He made it
clear that he sees me as an important player and it's down to me to
perform in training and perform week-in, week-out to stay in the team.
"It all depends on formation, and I don't want to give our formation
away! It'll be either deeper or as a number ten. I've said before that I
like playing deeper but, if we change formation, there will be one or
two deeper and one or two going forward, and I don't mind sitting deeper
or going forward.
"I'm excited for the start of the season to see what we can achieve this year."
The 26-year-old gives the Hammers an experience boost in midfield as
he made 166 Premier League appearances during his Arsenal career.