Wilshere: I’m close to my best

By: Dean Carr

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere believes he is close to returning to his best form after enjoying a successful return to the first-team in recent weeks.

Wilshere, 25, was linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium to a host of European clubs this summer, having now entered the final year of his contract with the club he made his debut for as a 16-year-old.

However, he started for the Gunners on Thursday evening as Arsenal defeated BATE Borisov 4-2 in the Europa League, a little more than a week since also featuring in the Carabao Cup against Doncaster and feels as if he is beginning to come back to full fitness.

"I definitely feel I am back," said Wilshere. "I felt good coming back to Arsenal and into training and (Arsene Wenger) has been good.

"Everyone says 'you are never fit' but last season I was fit for the whole season. It was only in April that I got injured, but my rehab went well.

"It has been a while since I felt like a proper Arsenal player but I am back, playing these types of games."

Wilshere continued by admitting he is still looking to secure his long-term future with the Gunners following a season-long loan spell with Bournemouth and says he is looking to let his performances on the pitch do the talking.

"You are always playing for your future but I am happy to be back, to feel part of the squad," added Wilshere. "I am fit and healthy and getting back to my best and when the time comes to sit down and talk or not we will see.

"Do I see myself staying? Of course I do. I love this club. They have been good to me over the years, I have a great relationship with the boss.

"He (Wenger) has played me since I was 17. He has put his trust in me since then. We have a great understanding and of course I want to stay."

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