Freddie Ljungberg on what Jack Wilshere must do to rescue Arsenal career

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After his deadline day move to Bournemouth, Jack Wilshere's short-term future lies on the south coast.

Just what his switch from Arsenal means for his long-term future at the Emirates, however, will likely depend on how the England midfielder performs for Eddie Howe's side.

One man who is adamant that it will end in Wilshere winning back his spot in the Arsenal team is Gunners legend Freddie Ljungberg, who explained this weekend what his fellow midfielder has to do in order to get back in Arsene Wenger's starting XI.


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"Everyone knows Jack is an amazing talent," Ljungberg told the Daily Mail. "He's an amazing player. I love him.

"But I think if he can play 38 games for Bournemouth then he will be back here playing and starting again. I just think he's had bad luck.

"He plays well, then after six or seven games, you think, 'Oh he's back'. Then he gets injured again. That's a vicious cycle.

"I think if he can do that for 38 games, next season he will be back and he will be starting again."

Staying fit

Ljungberg is clearly a keen admirer of Wilshere's ability, and his comments will echo the sentiments of a lot of Arsenal fans.

The 24-year-old is still regarded as one of the most talented members of the north london club's squad.

However, between 2014-15 and 2015-16, he managed just 17 Premier League appearances and his career has been hampered by a number of injury issues.

His inability to stay healthy has seen him drop down the pecking order at Arsenal with the likes of summer signing Granit Xhaka being brought in to replace him.

As a result, Wilshere's ability to simply stay on the field throughout his campaign with Bournemouth is almost as important as what he can produce on it over the next few months.

The combative midfielder will have just one year left on his contract when he returns to the Emirates and he will hope to have done enough to convince Wenger and co. that he is worthy of an extension come next summer.

As Ljungberg notes, that starts will staying healthy and performing week in, week out. Do that and he will be back in contention for a starting place at Arsenal when the 2017-18 season rolls around.

Suffer another injury whilst with Bournemouth and he might just have to say goodbye to his hopes of extending his stay at his boyhood club.

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