Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has confirmed that he will talk to boss Arsene Wenger this summer about the manager's plans for him ahead of the new campaign.
As reported by the Mirror, the England international, who starred and scored in the Gunners' first pre-season game against a Singapore XI yesterday, has insisted that he's currently focused on getting fit after last season's disappointing term on the injury scene.
Wilshere, of course, missed a great deal of the season, but enjoyed a strong final few weeks of the season for both club and country.
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And now, with a number of top midfield stars all plying their trade in north London, Wilshere has admitted that discussions with Wenger should take place sooner rather than later.
The midfielder told reporters: “I haven’t spoken to the boss about what plans he has for me — but I will do before the start of the season,” said Wilshere.
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“At the moment, I’m just concentrating on getting fit. I had a good end to the season and I just want to keep it going.
“That’s why I wanted to come back in early for pre-season because I felt I missed too much of last season and wanted to give myself the best opportunity to get fit."
In fact, Wilshere has revealed that he returned early for pre-season, and has insisted that he's up for the challenge of forcing his way into the starting XI at the Emirates.
He continued by saying: “I asked the boss — I said, ‘Boss, can I come back early?’ I wanted that because I missed quite a lot of last season.
"The competition is strong in midfield so, yes, it’s down to us as individuals to make that place ours but I’m up for the challenge and I’m sure the other boys are as well.”
Huge campaign ahead
Ultimately, Wilshere has a huge season ahead of him, as he goes about stepping up for both Arsenal and England.
Of course, with Euro 2016 closing in, the talented midfielder will be hoping to play week in, week out under the guidance of Wenger over the coming months, and it's integral he manages to maintain his fitness.
In the past few years, injury struggles really have slowed down his progression, but there's no reason why he can't now excel over the coming years. Some will look to next season as a make or break one for Wilshere, but at 23, he still has a lengthy career in front of him, so shouldn't be written off.
He's clearly ready to prove his credentials, and deserves the opportunity to express himself next season, as the club go in search of Premier League title success.
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