Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere believes that AFC Bournemouth can push for a top half finish in the current Premier League campaign.
Following defeat to Arsenal, the Cherries dropped from ninth to 12th in the top flight of English football.
Wilshere was unavailable for that game as he wasn’t allowed to play against his parent club.
Since making the season long loan move from Arsenal to the south coast, Wilshere has made the Cherries number 10 role his own.
Sitting as the most advanced of a midfield three, Wilshere has become the link between the midfield and the attack.
For Arsenal and England he was often played in a much deeper position, but Wilshere appears to be enjoying his role in the Cherries side.
The addition of Wilshere has added balance to the side in a variant of 4-3-3, something that has also given the Cherries confidence and recent form saw them climb into the top half of the Premier League table, a position that Wilshere believes the squad can maintain.
Wilshere told Sky Sports…
‘…the lads here have been brilliant. They have welcomed me in, all been kind and the team here is special because of the team spirit.
‘The manager is like that as well. He wouldn’t bring in someone who wouldn’t fit in with the spirit of the team…’
‘…Bournemouth’s main target at the start of the season was not to be relegated, but I feel as a team we can do more than that this season.
‘There’s a few things we have to improve on if we want to take it to the next level and finish in the top half of the Premier League, but I feel we can do that.’
Neil Dawson wrote…
‘Hard to see how playing that deep role is easier, nowadays as well as playmaking in that role you also have to stick to the opponents number ten…. I don’t see Wilshere tracking Delle Ali all round a pitch. I think Eddie has it spot on with his ideal role. Jacks issue is Ozil and Cazorla are ahead of him in that roles pecking order at the Emirates. – Join the conversation here.
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