Jack Wilshere says personal pride is behind his return to form this season.
The England international has been back to his best in the centre of midfield having recovered from the injuries that hampered his progress after a storming start to his career.
Wilshere has been satisfied with his performances but believes he can reach an even higher level over the coming months.
The main thing that got me back is my pride. I never wanted to stop - I was never satisfied with the level I was playing atJack Wilshere
“I’ve been very pleased,” he told Arsenal Player. “I said at the start of the season that it was going to take me a few games to come back to the level I was at.
“When you miss time at this level you lose a bit of pace, a bit of form and it takes you time to get back. I’m very pleased.
“The main thing that got me back is my pride. I never wanted to stop - I was never satisfied with the level I was playing at.
“I always knew that I could come back to a level that I wanted to be at and be able to dominate games. I’m happy at the moment but I still think I can do a little bit better.”
Wojciech Szczesny recently said Wilshere would be the “complete player” if he could add more goals to his game, and the midfielder is in total agreement.
“I’ve said before that my goalscoring record has never been good enough and that I always want to add more goals,” he said.
“You look at the top midfielders in the world like Lampard and Gerrard who were getting 15 or 20 goals a season back in their day.
“I’m not saying I can get that many because they were specialists at that, but I could definitely get into double figures.”Copyright 2016 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source