Wilshere moving on from injuries

  • Last Updated: May 21 2013, 16:59 BST

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere hopes the latest operation on his troublesome ankle will prove the last as he looks to recover full fitness for both club and country next season.

Jack Wilshere: World Cup aim with England
Jack Wilshere: World Cup aim with England

The 21-year-old is set for surgery in the coming days to remove a pin inserted during a previous procedure, which has hampered his progress during the closing weeks of the Barclays Premier League campaign as he was limited to mostly substitute appearances using painkillers.

Wilshere is seen as an integral part of Roy Hodgson's plans for the World Cup and having missed all the 2011/12 campaign through injury, the combative midfielder is keen to get back towards his top form following another frustrating spell of rehabilitation before heading off with Arsenal for their pre-season tour of Asia.

"I don't want to miss England games - that's the pinnacle in any player's career so you want to be involved in every game you can," Wilshere said in an interview with Sky Sports.

"If we can get there (to the World Cup) it would have been nice to go out there (to Brazil) and see what it's like and get used to it a bit; get used to the weather and the locals and see what it's like. There is also the Ireland game, which is a big game too. It's going to be a good atmosphere at Wembley and it would have been nice to have been there.

"But we have got a friendly against Scotland as well (in August) and that will be a big one.

"It is an important year for qualifiers next season, so hopefully I can get myself fit and get involved in that."

Wilshere sees no reason why England should not be back in Brazil next summer, currently second in Group H behind Montenegro, whom they face at Wembley on October 11.

"We have got ourselves in a good position, and have to think positively," the midfielder added.

"If we win all our home qualifiers we can get to the World Cup and it will be a successful year for England."

Before then, Arsenal face a crucial two-legged Champions League play-off, having beaten Newcastle 1-0 on the final day of the season to remain in fourth place in the league table ahead of Tottenham.

Wilshere feels being able to take on the best in Europe will only bode well for his England hopes.

"Internationally it helps, you get used to playing against foreign players - they're different to English players. And personally as well, you want to be playing at the top and being in the Champions League and playing against the likes of Ronaldo and Messi, players like that, that's where you want to be and you can only improve," he said.

Arsenal are expected to look to bolster their squad this summer, with manager Arsene Wenger set to have the best part of £100million available for transfers and wages.

France Under-21 forward Yaya Sanogo is set to join on a free from Auxerre and will be the first of several new arrivals.

He said: "Arsenal could be a great club for me.

"I scored nine goals this season with Auxerre and they think I can improve my level in England."

Wenger is understood to have targeted offensive additions this summer, including the likes of Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic, but could yet be put off by the £30million valuation of the Italian club.

Real Madrid frontman Gonzalo Higuain and even possibly England forward Wayne Rooney are other reported targets.

Borussia Dortmund defender Lukasz Piszczek and Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who is set to leave relegated QPR, are others said to be on Wenger's radar, with the club set to get Andrey Arshavin, Marouane Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner, Denilson, Sebastien Squillaci and Korean forward Park Chu-young all off the wage bill in the summer.

German forward Lukas Podolski has been linked with a switch to Juventus after being the most substituted of Arsenal's attackers this season.

However, speaking to the Bild newspaper, he said: "The fact is, I have a contract with Arsenal. There is no reason to leave the club.

"But, in the football business a lot of things are conceivable."

The future of France defender Bacary Sagna, meanwhile, still needs to be resolved as he heads towards the final season of his current contract, with both Paris St Germain and Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala said to be monitoring the situation.


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