Petr Cech: Jack Wilshere's departure has boosted Arsenal's title hopes

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Sending Jack Wilshere out on loan has proved a masterstroke for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger.

The England international is thriving at Bournemouth, with last weekend's draw to Tottenham marking the first time in three years that he's started five league games in a row.

His progression will be pleasing Wenger, whose Arsenal side also appear to be benefiting from Wilshere's absence - in a good way.


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Unbeaten in 13 games across all competitions and joint top in the Premier League, the Gunners are in fantastic form and seem to have found the perfect balance in their squad.

That's according to goalkeeper Petr Cech anyway, who recently explained the positive impact Wilshere's departure has made.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: "[Wilshere] is a fantastic player and, in normal circumstances, you would keep him.

"But in order for him to get his fitness and confidence back - and to get some games under his belt - I think this is the best solution.

"Yet even without Jack, you can see the manager still has plenty of options, that shows we are ready to fight for the title.

"It feels like the balance is right and we look to be in good shape.

"We've worked hard to make sure we’re ready to compete and, so far this season, we've been proving it on the pitch."

Arsenal have won six of their last seven Premier League games and it's thanks to establishing a consistent starting XI that they've been able to do so.

In Santi Cazorla, Granit Xhaka and Francis Coquelin, Wenger has a talented midfield trio that he can rotate on a weekly basis without interfering with his side's chemistry.

Had Wilshere stayed, the Frenchman would have had quite the dilemma on his hands, especially so with Aaron Ramsey also in the frame.

However, a few concerns regarding Wilshere's future have emerged after the 24-year-old explained how he doesn't know what will happen when his season-long loan spell at Bournemouth comes to an end.

"I haven't really thought about my future beyond getting a season under my belt and just trying to improve as a player," Wilshere told the Daily Mail.

"I genuinely don't know if I am going to end up at Arsenal or somewhere else.

"If you'd asked me two months ago if I was going to finish my career at Arsenal then I would have said, 'Yeah, of course'.

"Two months ago I wouldn't have seen myself being here, but here I am. And I'm enjoying it."

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