Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is full of admiration for Jack Wilshere as he attempts to win back his place in the first team squad.
The 25 year old was sent out on loan to Bournemouth last season, but a broken leg sustained in April ended his loan spell earlier than expected. Since returning to full fitness at the start of this campaign, Wilshere has still yet to make an appearance in a domestic competition.
The England international is however expected to start tonight against Doncaster Rovers in the third round of the Carabao Cup. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph before tonight’s match, Wenger complimented Wilshere for his resilience and increased maturity:
“He is absolutely determined to get his place back in the team. He got a few knocks and bruises that build a man and at the start it was all very easy for him. Jack has gone through some tough times so he has that density, that fitness now of a man who knows that life is not only easy.”
The midfielder looks to have a way to go to convince Wenger that he deserves a new contact with his current deal expiring at the end of the season. He has played just 22 minutes so far this campaign, coming in the Europa League against Cologne last week, and he was not even selected in the matchday squad for the 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Sunday.