Date: 9th September 2016 at 4:33pm
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In manager Arsene Wenger’s pre Southampton press conference ahead of this weekend’s game, there were also plenty of questions about the unexpected loan move of Jack Wilshere to Bournemouth.

Speaking to the Official Site Wenger knew it was clearly one of the main topic of discussion on deadline day, but he confirmed he rated Wilshere as highly as ever, but he needed far greater game time given his struggles with injury in recent years.

He also felt Bournemouth and their style of play would suit the player, especially in a more offensive position.

‘Personally that`s where I prefer him. I think Jack Wilshere is a world-class player. He has a great footballing brain, and understands everything that is going on on the football pitch. He is most dangerous when you give him the ball in the final third. For me, it was always a shame when he played too deep and too close to the goal because I like him where he can create.’

He went on to say.

‘The thinking behind the move was that he would get regular football and come back to what he is – a world-class football player. We had a chat together and he himself was concerned that he would not get enough competition early enough, because he feels ready to play. I couldn`t guarantee that, so that`s why we took the decision. I think it looks logical to give him time to really come back to a competitive level. At some stage you need competition and I couldn`t guarantee him that.’

Obviously the challenge for Wilshere this season is to stay injury free, get real fitness and form back and hopefully get in the region of 30+ matches.

‘Exactly. The challenge for Jack is to play the games, yes.’

He did however deny suggestions it meant there was no Arsenal future for the England international, and he further dismissed suggestions that it meant his career was in the balance.

‘No, not at all, no. He wanted games and I can understand his desire. I felt it was a logical decision. Let`s not forget that last year he didn`t play. He`s in a position where you need games. You can`t not compete for two seasons and then want to be at the top level. It`s important for him that he gets the number of games this season.’

Those questions led to talk of a new contract.

‘I hope personally that he stays here his whole career. He`s a world-class player and he doesn`t have to show me that he has the quality to play at Bournemouth, just that he comes back to a regular competitive level.’

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