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Jack Wilshere laughs off Arsenal critics

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Jack Wilshere has shrugged off criticism of his performers and believes people forget just how young he is when they rate his efforts.

The 21-year-old has been a regular in the Arsenal first team for some time and has earned 12 caps for England.

In recent months the Arsenal man has come in for criticism for his performances, while an ankle injury continues to hamper him.

The midfielder also found himself in the headlines for the wrong reasons recently, when he was caught smoking outside a club in London.

Wilshere, who is set to feature for England against Chile on Friday, insists he doesn't listen to the naysayers and instead focuses on giving his best for the Gunners and the Three Lions.

"Yes, I do think (people forget my age). Not just because I've been around for a long time, but people hear I've got two kids and it's not often you hear about a 21-year-old with two kids," Wilshere told Arsenal's official website.

"I have been in the (Arsenal) first team since I was 16, so that is five years and that is quite a long time in football terms.

"I made my debut when I was 16 and the aim was to play for England and it came pretty quickly - when I was 18.

"Then the main thing after that was to keep my place in the Arsenal team week in, week out and I did during that season.

"I then had a frustrating year with injury and it is tough when you are out injured, you have got to come back. People think that when you are out injured you don't do a lot of work, but you do, trust me.

"It is tough, but last season I got back into the team, got fit again and had 30-odd games which was nice, and this year I have stayed fit so far and that's the aim for the rest of season."

Wilshere was originally tipped as the brightest young prospect amongst the Arsenal ranks, but this season it is Aaron Ramsey who has stolen the limelight at the Emirates Stadium.

However Wilshere says he is not interested in comparing himself to anyone else, and is focused on his own game.

"People are always going to criticise you and judge your performances all the time. They are paid to do that, so you have to concentrate on your own game," he continued.

"I play week in, week out against 31 and 32-year-olds, so I think you just have to take that (close scrutiny)."

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