Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere ready to shoulder ‘really high’ expectations

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere admits he has to be prepared for higher expectations after establishing himself as a first-team regular

Jack Wilshere
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere Photo: Nike

Jack Wilshere insists he is happy to shoulder “really high” expectations at Arsenal.

The 21-year-old has earned a reputation as one of Arsenal’s brightest prospects over the past few seasons throughout the England international’s constant battle with a series of frustrating injuries.

Wilshere has come under pressure following a below-par start to the campaign, which has been emphasised by the arrival of Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey’s scintillating form.

But the Gunners star vowed to show his character and manage the pressure on his shoulders.

“I think as you grow up things get a little bit harder,” Wilshere told Arsenal’s website.

“When you’re 18 you can make your little mistakes, you can give the ball away sometimes.

“People say ‘he’s still learning the game’ but when you’re 21 and you’re playing for your country as well – you’ve got to be at your highest level.

“Expectations are always really high and I think when you look at players over the years when they get to 21, 22, things can be a little bit tougher.

“That’s when your character comes out – you just have to keep going and work hard in training.”

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