Jack Wilshere is focusing on getting back into Arsenal’s Premier League eleven and has been given assurances by Arsene Wenger that he will receive more playing time this season.
The 25-year-old has played eight times for Arsenal this season, with six of those appearances coming in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup.
His two Premier League appearances have come off the bench against Everton and Manchester City.
Wilshere’s aim is to get back into Wenger’s starting eleven for the Premier League, and he believes he’ll get his chance.
“I’ve said before in many interviews that I’ve just come back to full fitness, I’m happy at where I am playing-wise,” Wilshere told Sky Sports (via Yahoo Sports).
“I’m trying to get into the Premier League team and fight my way into that team. So at the moment I am concentrating on the now, the future will take care of itself. All I’ve got to do is stay fit and play my football.
“I’ve got a great relationship with the boss [Wenger], I’ve heard the boss speak in previous press conferences. He’s assured me that I will get some playing time. I want to stay at this club, I’ve said that many times.
“I left last year to get some football [spending the season on loan at Bournemouth]. I’ve done that, I’m back now, I’m fit and I’m ready to play.”
Wilshere was left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for their upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil.
The England manager cited Jack’s lack of game time in the Premier League and the fact he’s not playing in the right position as the reasons why he wasn’t selected.
Wilshere, though, is relaxed about his future with the national team and feels a call-up will come once he’s back in the Arsenal team.
“I want to be playing for my country. I am a proud Englishman. But it is down to the manager [Southgate]. He didn’t select me. He said I need more football,” he said.
“That is what I have got to do. I have got to take it on board, try to get into the Arsenal first team and hopefully I’ll be selected.”
There is still plenty of time remaining in the season for Wilshere to win a place in both the Arsenal and England teams.
He could feature against Tottenham in the league after the international break.
If not, he’ll certainly feature against Cologne in the Europa League the following Thursday.