Interview

‘I want to build on my partnership with Mesut’

For the third time in 10 days, Jack Wilshere is feeling fit and raring to go.

After initially starring in our Europa League and Carabao Cup sides, the England international has forced his way into Arsène Wenger’s Premier League side and has formed an exciting creative connection with Mesut Ozil.

The Germany international has been in scintillating form recently, with two goals and three assists in his last six appearances, and but Wilshere believes there is still more to come from their blossoming partnership.

“I’ve said before that's where I want to play,” he told Arsenal Player. “I like playing through the middle, whether it's deeper or it's in the number 10. With a player like Mesut, we've been playing next to each other, it makes it easy. 

“If you make a run, he'll find a ball for you and with Granit sitting in behind it's working quite well. We're looking to build on that, we can improve definitely, that's what we're trying to do.

“When I used to watch my game, every time I picked the ball up I wanted to run with it, I wanted to hurt the opposition, but now I can pick my times. I don't have to do it every time. Sometimes you can just pass and move in to a better position. 

“I feel like my time at Bournemouth helped me, I improved defensively, I'm not one who just dives in to tackles now. I try and pick my opportunities when the ball breaks. I feel good, I'm happy with the way things are going and I'm enjoying playing here.”

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