Jack Wilshere says Arsenal must improve the overall quality of the squad if they’re to compete for trophies with the likes of Man Utd and Man City, but that he’s encouraged by the quality of names we’ve been linked with this summer.
The England midfielder spoke to ESPN and backed the club’s attempts to sign the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, saying he’s the kind of player the club should be looking to attract.
“You look at the type of players like Higuain we’re trying to bring in and you’ve got to be encouraged,” he said. “I’ve never played against him but anyone who plays for Real Madrid and Argentina has to be quality.
“I think we need a few more, not to step right into the team but to add to the squad. We need our squad to be as deep as United’s and City’s.
“They can change their back four completely and still win. There’s no way United would have won the Premier League trophy with 18 players.”
Wilshere also responded to the Wayne Rooney rumours by saying it would be ‘amazing’ to see his fellow England international at the Emirates and, frankly, he’s right. We’d be amazed if that happened.
There was good news about his fitness though as Jack declared himself fully fit and ready for pre-season. Asked about his ankle, he said, “100 percent. I’m really looking forward to having a solid preseason. I haven’t had one in two years and once you miss it, you’re always playing catch-up. It’s a chance to show the manager that you deserve to be in the team and I think there’s going to be competition for a few spots.
“But that’s a good thing. If you’re going to challenge for trophies, you need a big squad. You can’t expect 11 players to do it every week.”