Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere was pleased to make his debut for AFC Bournemouth following his season long loan move.
The 24 year old was a second half substitute against West Bromwich Albion at Dean Court on Saturday, coming on in the 63rd minute to replace Jordon Ibe.
For the first ten minutes of his debut he played in an attacking midfield role, sitting in just behind Callum Wilson, but following the introduction of Maxi Gradel and Dan Gosling, he moved to the right hand side of a narrow midfield.
He had a good influence on the game, creating one good chance for Junior Stanislas and his positioning creating the space for Adam Smith to create the cross for Callum Wilson’s winner.
Wilshere told afcb.co.uk…
‘…It was also good to come on for my first minutes and get used to the way that the boys play.
‘It’s similar to the way I am used to playing at Arsenal – I can fit into this team, I think…’
‘…The biggest aim for me, and I am sure everyone is aware of it, is to get as many games as possible. That was the idea coming here.
‘If there`s any question mark over me I know it`s my fitness. So hopefully I can play as many games as possible, prove everyone wrong and re-kick my career.’
‘Even if Wilshere doesn’t have an immediate impact every game, he gives so much for other teams to think about that it naturally creates space for us in other areas of the pitch. I noticed that today. He’s the one player we have that has the chops to deal with the additional heat and he isn’t reticent in inviting it. – Join the conversation here.
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