Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has responded to Jamie Redknapp’s criticism after the former Tottenham Hotspur man aimed a pop at the midfielder last month.
Wilshere didn’t have the best of starts to the 2014-15 campaign as an accumulation of injuries hindered his pre-season fitness program.
His performances for both England and the Gunners since the start of the season have yet to hit the impressive heights set in previous years, with many observers quite critical.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has been amongst his staunchest critics and didn’t hold back when questioning the the 22-year-old's attitude and effort.
He said: “I can’t see him getting a game at the moment. Jack WIlshere’s problem is Jack Wilshere. He’s not performing. He’s got to take games by the scruff of the neck like two years ago, there’s no excuses anymore.”
The Gunners midfielder, however, felt that the criticism was harsh and responded by suggesting that the Sky Sports expert should have more sympathy, especially considering his previous injury-blighted career.
“With all due respect, I think Redknapp should have some sympathy and understanding. It’s easy for someone to go on television and say: ‘He should be doing this, he should be doing that’. But, if you look back, he was injured just as much as I was. Maybe more than I was,” he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
"And he was never injured at my age as well, and it does take a lot of mental strength (to come back). So to hear people go on TV and say: ‘He’s got to be doing this or that,’ I don’t need that.
“I listen to people like the boss here, Gary Neville, people who talk a lot of sense and can help me with my game.”