With competition for places in midfield for the Emirates Stadium outfit fierce going into the new season, there are no assurances that the England international will be deployed in his favoured central role as he is in a direct battle with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin for three starting berths.
A congestion in the middle could see Wilshere moved out to the flanks, where he operated towards the end of last season as he recovered from a long-term injury, and he admits he will speak with Wenger in the near future to find out how he will fit into the Frenchman’s plans for the upcoming campaign:
“I haven’t spoken to the boss about what plans he has for me — but I will do before the start of the season,” the 23-year-old said.
“At the moment, I’m just concentrating on getting fit. I had a good end to the season and I just want to keep it going.
“That’s why I wanted to come back in early for pre-season because I felt I missed too much of last season and wanted to give myself the best opportunity to get fit.
“The competition is strong in midfield so, yes, it’s down to us as individuals to make that place ours but I’m up for the challenge and I’m sure the other boys are as well,” Wilshere added.
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Manchester City have been linked with a summer move for Wilshere as they look to increase their homegrown quota and there were strong rumours that last season’s Premier League runners-up were preparing a stunning £40 million bid for the midfielder [via Telegraph Sport].
However, Wenger had already warned City against making an offer for the player earlier in the summer and made it crystal clear that the days of the club selling its best players to their main rivals were over [via Mirror Sport].
Wilshere started the Gunners’ comfortable 4-0 win against a Singapore XI on Wednesday in the number 10 role and doubled the lead on the hour mark from the penalty spot to make it four goals in as many games for club and country after following up his brilliant goal against West Brom on the final day of last season with a spectacular brace for England in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia last month.
There is no doubt that this season will be a huge one for Wilshere and with the European Championships at the end of the season, it’s important he stays injury free which would allow him to finally fulfil his enormous potential.