West Ham's Wilshere out to prove a point at Arsenal

"It's down to me to prove a point to Arsenal that they were wrong to get rid of me", the 26-year-old Wilshere told West Ham's match-day programme.

I am nearly thinking that for this season - as Unai Emery gets his feet under the table and imposes his style - Arsenal should not put pressure on themselves to finish in the top four.

"After the first two matches, we have two defeats and we need to win this match against West Ham", said Emery.

Hammers midfielder Wilshere saw his 17-year stay with Arsenal come to an end in the close-season after Emery opted against giving the injury-prone England global a new contract.

Emery said: "For me, one thing is important for him - to be a protagonist in a new project".

Mkhitaryan also insisted that the Gunners' two losses to start the season - against Manchester City and Chelsea - haven't dented their hopes of finishing in the top four, and reiterated that the team are on the right path under new head coach Unai Emery.

"And then, he chooses what the best was for him in his future".


Like Arsenal, West Ham have failed to pick up a point from showdowns with Liverpool and Bournemouth.

"Now I am very concentrated on us and our players and also I wish him the best in his career at West Ham - [but] not Saturday!" Saturday is another match, tactically different. He was respectful and honest, and we had a good honest conversation about football and where he sees my playing.

Arsenal have endured a hard start to life under Unai Emery this season, losing each of their first two Premier League games of the season. I think that Arsenal are going through the same thing.

West Ham and Arsenal have made slow starts to the new campaign, losing both their matches.

"On Saturday, I know that here, the supporters like him and have this respect also".

Emery says he is happy for Arsenal to abandon a considered approach if it means scoring though. You can sign as many players as you want, but ultimately if you can't defend in the Premier League, you are going to be in trouble.

"I think that Jack Wilshere must play as Jack Wilshere".


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