Jack Wilshere affirms commitment to Arsenal

Jack Wilshere has insisted he has no intention of following Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri out of Arsenal and branded criticism of manager Arsene Wenger a "joke".

Wilshere, who was last week ruled out until February after undergoing ankle surgery, is confident he can realise all his ambitions with the Gunners.

Nasri and Gael Clichy quit the club for Manchester City in August, while Fabregas joined Barcelona.

Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott, Alex Song and Andrey Arshavin all have less than two years remaining on their current contracts, fuelling fears they could be next to leave.

But star midfielder Wilshere, who signed a new five-year deal in November, told the Evening Standard: "No disrespect to Manchester City but Arsenal is the perfect home for me right now.

"Some players have got their price but, to be honest, that's not the way I look at the game.

"All I think about is playing at the highest level and in the top competitions so I can measure myself against the best in the world.

"I really am happy at Arsenal at the minute. Obviously, I want to win things and I want to do it with Arsenal."

The Gunners have made a wretched start to the season and lie 15th in the Barclays Premier League, piling the pressure on Wenger, who had already gone six years without winning a trophy.

Wilshere said: "We do get a harder time from the critics than most teams but we haven't won anything for six years and that's not good enough for Arsenal.

"It is harsh, though, especially on the boss.

"He has been there for 15 years and been great for Arsenal. The criticism Arsene gets is just a joke."

He added: "We started a bit slowly but we still feel we can finish in the top four."

PA

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