Jack Wilshere is positive that Arsenal are on course for a top-four finish and is adamant that the Gunners will try to prevent Robin van Persie and Manchester United winning the Premier League title when they play at the Emirates Stadium later this month.
The Old Trafford club could be declared winners if they win at the home of the Gunners, but they will face tough opposition in the form of an Arsenal side that has won seven of their last eight league fixtures.
Wilshere is determined to win all six remaining games to cement their place in the Champions League next season.
“We’ve got Everton now, which is big, a really important one, and if we win then we’re in a good position. But even then we’re definitely not over the line - we’ve got some tough games coming up," the midfielder told the Mirror.
“Fulham away [on Saturday] will be tough, and then we’ve got Manchester United [on April 28] - we obviously don’t want them winning the league at Emirates, so we’ll be up for that.
“But I think we can get maximum points from our six games - we beat United here the season before last, so we know we’re capable of it.
“If we drop points, we drop points - we’ll just have to bounce back and go game by game.
“It’s great (to be third), especially considering the position we were in before. We’ve shown a lot of character. But while it’s good to look at now, we want to be better than that - we don’t want to be happy with third in the league.
“We’ve got great players, and want to be challenging for first and second.
“We’re happy with third, when you look at this season, but really we want to be higher.”
Wilshere was flung right back into the fray when he started against Norwich City on Saturday after an injury lay-off. It wasn’t the Englishman’s best performance; he seemed a little rusty after being out of action for a few weeks.
One could argue that it was too early for the 21-year-old to start a game but Arsene Wenger had limited options, as man of the match against West Brom, Tomas Rosicky, was ruled out due to an injury.
Wilshere is aware of his below-par performance and remains confident that he’ll be back to his best before long.
“It was frustrating, because I was flying just before I got injured in March,” he added. “I felt good, confident, and then picked up another injury.
“Things then drag a little and you lose your sharpness. But this time it wasn’t anything like as long as the one before, so hopefully this time I can get it back more quickly.
“I needed that game on Saturday - you always need your first one out of the way.
“I wasn’t great, I know it myself. I’m better than that, but you just need to get that first game in, so that your sharpness and understanding come back.
“Obviously, it’s good to be back, but it’s going to take time to get back to where I was. I know it was only six weeks but you still lose your match sharpness and it takes a few games to come. But it’s always nice to come back to a home game.
“I’m feeling fine. As I said, I needed the game on Saturday and am happy the boss gave it to me. The plan was always that I’d play an hour [Theo Walcott replaced Wilshere of the final 30 minutes].
“I don’t know what the boss will do [against Everton] - if he plays me then I’m fit and ready; otherwise, I’ll be ready to contribute from the bench if needed.”
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