Wilshere: It's been a long nine years - this is for the fans

Jack Wilshere Press Conference - 18/02/2014

The Arsenal midfielder was talking about the club's trophy drought and what was going through his head as he watched the FA Cup final unfold from the bench.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has finally won his first trophy at the club, helping end a silverware drought stretching back nine years - when the player would have only been 13-years-old.

He helped turnaround an astonishing FA Cup final against Hull City that saw underdogs Hull City 2-0 up within 10 minutes. Arsenal eventually drew level, before Wilshere emerged from the bench to help set up Aaron Ramsey's extra time winner.

"It's amazing, I've won the FA Youth Cup before but it's nothing like this," Wilshere said.

"We never do it easy. Sitting on the bench I felt sick after the first 10 minutes, but we always felt if we got the goal before half-time we would win it and it was a great free-kick from Santi.

"You could see at the end a few players had injuries but we dug in and carried on," said the World Cup bound England star. "All the credit goes to the boys - it was easy for me to come and help us get across the line, but all credit goes to them.

"It's been a long nine years for the fans - they fill the Emirates every week and this is for them."

Wilshere had been the subject of criticism from former England and Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes, with the Gunners youngster admitting that he had phoned up the Reds legends for advice on how to improve his game.

And though he was only on the field for 15 minutes, having made a return from injury in order to be fit for the final, Wilshere had a significant effect on the destination of the trophy, playing a superb pass in the lead up to Aaron Ramsey's winner.

Arsenal fans will be hoping it is the first example of Wilshere showing Paul Scholes, and any other critics he has, that he can go on and be the real deal for a competitive Arsenal team.

Wilshere will now go to the World Cup in Brazil with England, eager to take his trophy winning form to the national team.

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