Jack Wilshere insists he is not thinking about returning to Arsenal right now and says he is focused on continuing to improve his performances for Bournemouth.
Wilshere was loaned out by Arsene Wenger in order to get consistent game time under his belt, having been dogged by injuries over the last few years.
However, reports surfaced last week suggesting that Arsenal were preparing to offer Wilshere a new contract upon his return and, while that certainly raised a few eyebrows, the midfielder insists it is not something that is preoccupying him.
“At the moment, my head is in Bournemouth,” he told Sky Sports after completing 90 minutes in Bournemouth’s stunning comeback 4-3 win over Liverpool. “I know as much as everyone else knows.
“I read what the boss at Arsenal said and at the moment I’m focused on performing for Bournemouth and putting myself in a position where Arsenal want to offer me a new contract and I’m in a strong position at the end of the season.
“At the moment, I’m taking each game as it comes, working hard and I’m looking forward to the next six or seven months here at Bournemouth. We’ll see what happens after that.”
Wilshere also revealed how nervous he was when making the move from the Emirates to Dean Court – but said his teammates have really helped him settle quickly.
“It’s like your first day of school,” the 24-year-old added.
“I first came down here in the evening and signed and trained on the next day and I remember being in the hotel thinking it had been six or seven years since I had to do something like this.
“It was a strange feeling, but the lads here have been brilliant. They have welcomed me in, all been kind and the team here is special because of the team spirit.
“The manager is like that as well. He wouldn’t bring in someone who wouldn’t fit in with the spirit of the team.”
And that spirit must be particularly strong right now considering Bournemouth’s incredible comeback victory against Liverpool on Sunday – having been 3-1 down, the Cherries roared back into the game and ultimately won it 4-3 with an injury time winner from Ake following a howler by Liverpool keeper Karius.