Jack Wilshere has made it clear where his loyalties lie ahead of Bournemouth's clash against Arsenal on Sunday (27 November). The midfielder is on a season-long loan with the Cherries from the north London club and will be backing Eddie Howe's team from the stands, as he is not allowed to play due to stipulations in his contract.
Arsene Wenger permitted his move on a temporary basis this summer, as he was not guaranteed a regular starting spot at Arsenal. The 24-year-old midfielder has struggled with injuries in recent seasons and was keen to play on a regular basis to build his fitness and get back in the England squad from which he was dropped for their World Cup qualifiers earlier in the year.
Wilshere has remained injury free since his move to Bournemouth and become a mainstay in Howe's starting XI after initially being eased into action by the manager. He played his first full 90 minutes since 2014 against Tottenham in October and has since played the full duration of the game on three more occasions. This has seen him get back into the Three Lions squad, which was one of his main motivations following his loan move.
The England international will enter the final year of his contract when he returns to Arsenal next summer, and is yet to give a clear indication on his plans. Wilshere admits that he could leave the Gunners, the club he has been with since he was nine, if he is not guaranteed regular football.
Wenger's team will be looking to get back to winning ways after drawing their last three games, but Wilshere, who is a boyhood Arsenal fan, will be rooting for his loan club when they take on Arsenal on Sunday.
"Yes, it's frustrating of course; I've just got a run of games. But it might be good for me, to miss one and go again - but I'll be there," Wilshere told Bournemouth's official TV channel, as quoted by the Mirror.
"At the moment I'm a Bournemouth player, so I want Bournemouth to win," the Arsenal midfielder added.