Jack Wilshere has refused to speculate on his Arsenal future after former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp suggested that his future lies away from the Emirates Stadium. The English midfielder is currently on a season-long loan at Bournemouth as he looks to build fitness and play regular first-team football after missing long stretches of playing time in recent seasons with injury.
The 24-year-old fell down the pecking order at Arsenal with Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and summer arrival Granit Xhaka ahead of him for a deep lying midfield role. This prompted the club and the player to seek a temporary move away to get regular game time. However, he made it clear that the move bears no indication with regards to his future at Arsenal and he has dismissed Redknapp's comments which suggested that he should move away from north London to realise his true potential.
Wilshere joined the Cherries this summer and Eddie Howe has gradually helped the midfielder back to full fitness. After starting the first game on the bench, he has started every game for Bournemouth in the Premier League, and completed his first full 90 minutes in over two years during the 0-0 draw against Tottenham on Saturday (22 October).
The Arsenal midfielder feels that he is getting his 'power' back, but admitted that it was difficult playing the full 90 minutes, especially in the latter stages of the game, but believes that regular game time is the only way to achieve full fitness and start playing at the same level that saw him being touted as one of the future greats for both club and country.
"I don't know where he got that from," Wilshere said of Redknapp's comments regarding him needing to move away from Arsenal, as quoted by the Mirror.
"I'm just trying to get back to what I was, enjoying my football and playing week-in, week-out and today was a massive step towards that.
"I've not really thought about that so how other people can comment on it. If he doesn't see me going back to Arsenal then that's up to him. He's entitled to his opinion but I haven't thought about that," the Gunners star added.
"I'm working hard in training but you can't get that match fitness unless you're playing games, and to play 90 minutes in the Premier League is hard. I knew it would take me some time. I haven't played 90 minutes in two years," the England midfielder explained with regards to his fitness, as quoted by the Guardian.
"It's a long time and by the time it got to the 88th minute I was feeling it. But that's only normal and, when you play game by game, you start to get your confidence back and try more things. I feel like I'm getting my first five yards of power back and, when I have that, I can do more things with the ball."