Jack Wilshere admits he does not want Arsenal's season to end

Jack Wilshere

The Gunners midfielder is delighted to be back playing again but admitted his frustration at the timing of his return from injury.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere told reporters after their 2-2 draw at Manchester City on Sunday, as quoted by BBC Sport, that he was pleased to get so many minutes under his belt but wishes the season did not have to end so soon.

Wilshere did not make a senior competitive appearance between 14 June, when he scored twice for England in a Euro 2016 qualifying win in Slovenia, and his return as a late substitute for the Gunners against Sunderland on 24 April.

However, the 24-year-old was thrust into his most extensive action since his injury 10 months ago when he was brought on as a 24th-minute substitute for the injured Danny Welbeck at the Etihad on Sunday.

Wilshere's performance was inevitably rusty, but he did not look far short of the standards he has set for himself during his runs of full fitness, and he will be hoping to have done enough to convince Roy Hodgson that he is worth a place in his Euro 2016 squad.

The midfielder admitted that it was a good game to get an extended period of action in because of the high-intensity and high-pressure nature, but voiced his frustration at only returning to fitness in the dying embers of the season.

Wilshere said, as quoted by BBC Sport: "It was great to play, but a shame to come on for an injured player, especially someone like Danny. I feel good. That was just what I needed, a game of that intensity with the pressure.

"I don’t want the season to end - I’m just getting started, I feel fresh, hopefully I can get more minutes next week and then we’ll see what happens.

"This season has been disappointing for us - we wanted to win the league. If we can get third in the league we'll be delighted."

Arsenal need just a point from their final-day home clash with already-relegated Aston Villa to secure a place in the Champions League for a 20th year in a row, and could even finish second above rivals Tottenham Hotspur if they beat Villa and Spurs lose at struggling Newcastle United.

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