Wilshere 'almost lost love of football'

Jack Wilshere

England midfielder Jack Wilshere says he needed a fresh challenge this season after “almost falling out of love with the game”.

The 24-year-old joined Bournemouth on loan from Arsenal in August and has featured in eight league games since.

He played three league games for Arsenal in 2015-16 after breaking his leg, the latest in a run of injuries.

“I missed the fight of the Premier League, being in big games and making a difference for a team,” said Wilshere.

“I wanted to feel that again and almost fall back in love with the game.”

Wilshere has won 34 international caps in six years and has been recalled to the England squad by interim-boss Gareth Southgate for the World Cup qualifier with Scotland on Friday and friendly with Spain on Tuesday.

After last season’s problems, Wilshere has impressed at Bournemouth, creating 14 chances in his league appearances, a figure only bettered at the club by £15m summer singing from Liverpool Jordon Ibe, who has made 15.

He says the club’s staff are “managing me a little differently” as a result of a history with injuries that has seen him ruled out for over two years in total for Arsenal.

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Having made his Arsenal debut aged 16 years and 256 days in 2008, Wilshere remains the youngest player to feature for the club in the Premier League – but he is aware his future at Emirates Stadium is uncertain.

“At the moment I am just trying to have a season where it puts me in a good position at the end of the year, that I have improved as a player and Arsenal want me back,” he added.

“I could have stayed at Arsenal, been the player that comes on now and then off the bench, starts in the odd cup game, but I wanted more than that. I’ve been injured for too long and I want to prove to people [my ability].”

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