By Chris Harris
Strength of character and a couple of new faces can turn Arsenal into winners this season, according to Jack Wilshere.
The 19-year-old enjoyed a stunning breakthrough season for club and country in 2010/11, making more starts than any Arsenal team-mate while establishing himself at the heart of the England midfield.
Wilshere's hopes of capping his memorable campaign with silverware were dashed in dramatic circumstances as Birmingham won the Carling Cup Final at Wembley in February. But the teenager, currently on tour in Asia, is ready to take the next step.
"It would mean everything to win a trophy this season," he said. "Last season we just missed out. That last minute against Birmingham ruined everything in a way.
"We are always there or thereabouts at the end of the season. But we need to stay strong and maybe make a few more signings and we will be alright.
"We have been saying in the last few seasons that we need a bit more toughness but the boss knows what he is doing. Hopefully he will bring what we need in and we will win something at the end of the season."
Wilshere will certainly be ready for the new season after sacrificing the European Under-21 Championships for a much-needed break this summer. He is convinced he made the right choice.
"Before the tournament we spoke about how important it was to get my rest and now I feel really rested," he said. "I will be ready for the start of the season. I went away on a few holidays and put my feet up on a beach and relaxed. I feel refreshed now.
"Of course there was a part of me that wanted to be playing. When you are watching the games you want to play but you have to see the bigger picture. The bigger picture for me was to rest and be ready because we have got a Champions League qualifier and a hard start."Copyright 2017 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