Jack Wilshere hoping to add more goals to join 'the best'

Monday 13 Jan 2014
Wilshere opening the scoring for Arsenal at Villa Park

Jack Wilshere says he is looking to add more goals to his game and become one of “the best” midfielders.

The 22-year-old Arsenal and England midfielder opened the scoring for the Gunners as they defeated Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park on Monday, taking his tally to three goals for the season.

Wilshere followed his strike by creating a goal for Oliver GIroud – his third assist of the season.

Following the match he confirmed that his goalscoring output was something he is looking to improve on.

“I’m not really a defensive midfielder,” he said. “I’d say I was an attacking midfielder and if you are going to be one of the best you have to score goals and create them. If you look at the best midfielders, your Lampards and Gerrards, they’ve done that.

“I came back from injury last year, but I wanted to push on on that front this time.”

Wilshere enjoyed a fine game in the centre of the park for the league leaders – and both him and his manager believe that is his best position, despite playing out-wide at times this season.

Wilshere said: “I spoke to the manager a few times about it and he thinks it is. But the thing in this team, we have great competition and I think it’s important that we rotate a lot, and we’ve done that season.

“Sometimes I’ve had to play wide, sometimes in the middle, but as long as the team is doing well and we are getting three points that is all that matters.”

By Gary Stonehouse Staff Writer