Jack Wilshere has asked the fans to stick behind the team after a demoralising defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season. Arsenal lost the first match of the season for the first time after 12 years. The last time Arsenal lost an opening day match was when they were defeated by Manchester City in 2001.
He talking to Arsenal Player after the match he said, “Fans pay money to come and watch us, and we need to put in a better effort in order to win.”
He has now turned his attention to the important Champions League qualifier coming up against Fenerbahce in Turkey. On the tough tie he said, “We have the big Champions League qualifier coming up and we don’t want to waste all the hard work we did last year.
“We have got to be up for that and get into the Champions League.”
Wilshere believes injury problems have also forced him to miss out on 25 potential England caps.
One of those was against Brazil in Rio in June, and as the Three Lions set their focus on reaching the World Cup, Wilshere wants to be at the centre of the side.
He explained “Missing that game wasn’t nice. I have missed a lot of England games and I want to be involved in the big ones next month.”
Meanwhile, Fenerbahce’s Dirk Kuyt reckons Arsenal will be fearing the worst as they head to Turkey.
The former Liverpool forward said, “I think if they were honest with themselves Arsenal would not have wanted to face us.”
“They are well known for playing beautiful football – but we will show them we also know how to play too.”
“We have players who know what it is like to play Arsenal so hopefully we can use that.”