Midfielder Jack Wilshere has spoken out about his fitness and rubbished claims made midweek that he wasn't fit to play.
Injury concerns are the last thing that any team needs, especially if that club have had several players out already or are in a good position within the league, so it will be refreshing for all Arsenal fans to hear Jack Wilshere is upbeat about his current fitness.
Wilshere told reporters that he was relieved to have completed the full 90 minutes for Arsenal in their 2-0 win over Southampton yesterday and that he was confident he can keep up his good performances as the Gunners continue to set the pace in the Premier League.
The 21-year-old midfielder then turned on a series of reports during the build-up to the game which suggested he was carrying an injury over from the midweek international against Germany.
He said: "I read in the paper this week that I was injured - I don't know where that's come from. It's complete nonsense and someone's made it up,"
"I played half an hour against Germany, I came back and trained all week and played today so I'm alright at the moment. You never know what can happen in any games but at the moment I'm feeling good. It was good to get 90 minutes under my belt today; I can't remember the last time I'd done that."
Arsene Wenger’s side opened up a four-point gap at the top of the Premier League following a polished performance against an equally high-flying Southampton side yesterday and fans will be pleased to see that they have put behind them the defeat to Manchester United earlier in the m month.
The return of Theo Walcott is also a huge positive for the Gunners and he received a warm reception as he faced his former, which will no doubt boost the England internationals confidence after a tough start to the season.
Indeed it is frightening to think that an Arsenal side who were thought by many to be challenging for the top four and not the title are in fact looking pretty comfortable at the summit of the Premier League considering the injuries they have had, it is quite plausible that they would have been more dangerous with Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wilshere in full health.
Wilshire commented on the start to the campaign and praised the character of his teammates by saying: "We know it's only a good start and we have to continue it but we've shown great character this season, especially after the first game of the season as well when we were disappointed, we didn't play well and it was at home so people expected us to crumble a bit but we picked up ourselves up and we've been on a great run since then."
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