Jack Wilshere says Arsenal will do everything they can to take three points against Everton tonight as they continue the push for a top four place.
The England international returned to the side against Norwich after an enforced absence and admitted his performance wasn’t as good as it might have been, but he’s determined to push Arsenal over the finishing line as high up the table as possible.
“We need to win, we know that, and we’ll do whatever it takes to achieve it,” he told Arsenal Player. “Everton are a very good team. It’s an especially hard game when you go to Goodison Park, but even when they come here you know what you’re in for.
“They’ve got good players, can hit you on the counter-attack, have a strong midfield and are hard to break down. They are four points behind us, so it’s massive that we come into it after winning on Saturday.”
And of his performance against Norwich, he admitted rustiness but said it was always the plan to play him for an hour to help him regain some fitness.
“I know it was only six weeks but you still lose your match sharpness and it takes a few games to come. But it’s always nice to come back to a home game.
“I’m feeling fine. I needed the game on Saturday and am happy the boss gave it to me. The plan was always that I’d play an hour. I don’t know what the boss will do [against Everton] – if he plays me then I’m fit and ready, and otherwise I’ll be ready to contribute from the bench if needed.”
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has admitted he brought Wilshere back when he wasn’t 100% fit, but at this point of the season that’s something many managers do with their best players.
The manager is confident there won’t be any repercussions, however.
“How careful must I be? To listen well to the medical advice and that is what I have to do. Use him when everything is alright and listen to him as well, how he feels. He has been out for six weeks, so maybe it was a bit too rushed what I did.
“But he has practised with me since he was 16, so I know quite well how his body responds to things.”
Tomas Rosicky is fit again and in contention to replace Wilshere if the manager makes a change this evening, while a late decision will be made over Lukasz Fabianski who is struggling with a rib injury.