Stuart Pearce: I don't look at Wilshere and think he wants to leave Arsenal

Jack Wilshere Press Conference - 18/02/2014

Former England under-21 boss Stuart Pearce feels Jack Wilshere will remain an Arsenal player for several years.

Former England under-21 and Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce explained on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he can’t see Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere leaving the club.

The Daily Mirror has reported that Jack Wilshere remains a target for Manchester City, but Pearce has suggested the rumour doesn’t have any legs, also suggesting the main reason for the player’s inconsistency at the Gunners.

“He’s a real talent, without a doubt. He’s like all young players, his form is going to go up and down at times, more so with Jack because of the injuries he’s had over the years,” he said.

“Jack is one of those, I don’t look at him and think he’s going to court a move away from Arsenal, I can see him as an Arsenal player for a number of years to come.”

Wilshere does have a couple of main challenges he’ll need to embrace looking ahead to next season.

How does he stay fit?

Wilshere has suffered ankle problems routinely during a short career.

He’s currently in a good state of fitness and needs to look after himself over the summer until the Arsenal squad gets back together.

Wilshere can hit the ground running in pre-season if he doesn’t develop any other problems, as he’ll be fresher compared to some of his colleagues having played far less last season.

How can he force his way into Arsene Wenger’s side?

Central midfield is a heavily congested area of the current Arsenal squad and Wilshere needs to work hard to get above other options in the pecking order.

He can do so by excelling in all pre-season fitness tests and by playing well throughout the pre-season friendly games.

If he’s then overlooked by Wenger, he would have done everything possible to get into the team.

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