Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has found his old form and got his reward with a call up in the England National team.
But the midfielder had a torrid last couple of years and he admits that those tough times has helped him to add more steel in him both as a player and as a human. He revealed manager Arsene Wenger told him he could leave Arsenal before the start of the Premier League season.
Wilshere on duty with England
The Gunners currently are optimistic that the 26 year old will sign a new deal at the club, but the things weren’t the same in the last summer, as the club were reluctant to keep him following another injury hampered loan spell at Bournemouth.
“It was an honest conversation,” Wilshere said. “It had been boiling up for a while.
Wilshere says Wenger told him to leave Arsenal
“Everybody knew I had a year left on my deal and had been out on loan, got injured and wasn’t really in his plans. He just said[Wenger]: ‘At the moment we are not going to be offering you a contract so, if you can get one somewhere else, you can go.'”
The England midfielder says that a part of him accepted the truth while another part was sad, but the Arsenal boss also gave him another chance saying an opportunity may arise if he keeps on performing in the Carabao Cup and Europa League. Wilshere has forced his way though through his performances and established himself as a regular in the Gunners side again.
His will to remain an Arsenal player has always helped him to drive forward and so far he has made amends for his loss times.
The Gunners are optimistic that the 26 year old will sign a new deal
“So when the boss said I could leave, I wasn’t still thinking: ‘I need to get out and play games.’ It was more of a case of getting fully fit and showing what I could do. When I was at Bournemouth, getting back here was always the aim. This is where I wanted to be,” he further added.
The England midfielder is currently back in the England squad which will play friendlies against Italy and Netherlands.