By Giuseppe Muro
To say Jack Wilshere is relieved to be available for Premier League action again would be an understatement.
The 18-year-old is back for the visit of Newcastle after missing three games thanks to a red card against Birmingham and he admits that after playing regular football at the start of the campaign his recent ban was a frustrating time.
Two weekends have since passed and after sitting out wins over Manchester City, today’s opponents Newcastle and West Ham he is relieved to be back in the reckoning and acknowledges that a valuable lesson has been learned following his dismissal for a late challenge on Nikola Zigic.
“It [the suspension] was frustrating and it was boring,” he said. “I look back at it [the tackle] and it was stupid really. It was the last minute and it was a bad touch, I went into the challenge and that was it.
“Obviously I am going to learn from that. I was playing week-in, week-out and then I was stopped for three games.
“It is important to learn to look after yourself but there is a line and maybe I went over that line at that time. It was a mis-timed challenge, I have learned from it and now I have to move on from it.
“I am only 18 and at this time in my career it is all about learning. I have said it before – playing with people like Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri you are going to learn off them.”
Wilshere was happy to get a much-needed game under his belt in Donetsk on Wednesday and is now looking forward to getting back to domestic football against Chris Hughton’s side.
“That is up to the manager [whether I play or not]. There were a few injuries for the Donetsk game and I was lucky enough to play. I needed a game after a few games off. But as for Newcastle, it is the manager’s decision and I will just have to see.”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