Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere: I get fouled a lot – but I don’t mind

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere claims that he is fouled more than other players because of his surging runs through midfield

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Jack Wilshere made 25 league appearances last term Photo: Nike

Jack Wilshere has claimed that he is fouled more than other players because of his surging runs through midfield.

The 21-year-old midfielder made 25 Premier League appearances for Arsenal last season after returning from the injury struggles which kept him out of the entire 2011-12 campaign.

And Wilshere, who made three assists in the top flight last term, believes that his style of play leads him to draw more fouls from the opposition than some other players – but insists it is not something he worries about.

Wilshere told ESPN: “Do I tend to get fouled a lot? Yes, but I think that’s more because I like to run with the ball from deep positions rather than opponents targeting me.

“Either way, it’s not something I worry about.”

The England international, who received three yellow cards and a red last season, added: “Football is football. When you get kicked, you get on with it.

“I think in England, it’s important to play with some bite. You look at all the English midfielders who’ve had success and they’ve all got that. [Steven] Gerrard, [Paul] Scholes.”

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