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Wilshere: Third OK For Now

Jack Wilshere says that in the context of Arsenal’s disappointing season, the Gunners will be happy to finish third on the Premier League log.

Arsenal are currently one point ahead of fourth-placed Chelsea, although the Blues have a game in hand, and they seem destined to maintain their status as a Champions League club.

At times this season a Champions League future looked dubious, and so Wilshere admits that for now, finishing third would warrant a small celebration at the Emirates.

However, the young England international says there is no way the Gunners will then rest on their laurels, craving a title challenge as they do.

"It's great, especially considering the position we were in before," Wilshere said, regarding Arsenal’s likely Champions League qualification.

"We've shown a lot of character. But while it's good to look at now, we want to be better than that. We don't want to be happy with third in the league.

"We've got great players and want to be challenging for first and second. We're happy with third when you look at this season but really we want to be higher.

“We want to be challenging for everything every year, we don't want just to be saying that we got into the Champions League. We want to be winning trophies and having that experience as a team.

“There's nothing better than winning, especially when you've been around a team that's been working hard to win something for so long. To be rewarded at the end of it would be great."

It may seem as if Wilshere is counting his chickens before they hatch, however.

Arsenal have a taxing season’s run-in, and Wilshere himself will find himself strained, considering his admission that he has been “rushed back” from injury and is “not entirely ready” to play consecutive cut-and-thrust matches.

The Gunners welcome Everton to the Emirates on Tuesday night, for a match which is simply too close to call, with the visit of champions elect Manchester United close on the horizon.

And so Wilshere knows Arsenal still have their work cut out from them if they are to enjoy their small celebration for finishing third.

"We need to win, we know that, and we'll do whatever it takes to achieve it," he said, thinking of the Toffees.

"This is big, a really important game, and if we win then we're in a good position.

“But even then we're definitely not over the line, we've got some tough games coming up: Fulham away will be tough, and then Manchester United, and we obviously don't want them winning the league at Emirates stadium, so we'll be up for that.”


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