By Alex Taylor
Eddie Howe has picked out the two keys skills Jack Wilshere has already shown after the Arsenal midfielder joined Bournemouth on loan this summer.
Wilshere, 24, has long been regarded as one of the brightest young players in football but has seen his chances limited at the Emirates in recent seasons.
Wilshere has fallen behind Santi Carzola, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil in the Gunners midfield pecking order but now has the chance to revive his career on the south Coast.
Howe has only spent a short time with the attack-minded midfielder but has already identified his technical ability and his quality on the ball as his major strengths.
“He has settled in very well,” Howe told Sky Sports. “He has settled into the changing rooms and the dynamics of the group, it’s been seamless really.”
“He has been very bright in training and very good, as you’d expect his quality is obvious on the ball and his technical ability is at a really high level, and we will wait and see what my team selection is.”
It seems likely that Wilshere will come straight into the Cherries first team to play West Brom at Dean Court on Saturday.
New Premier League rulings now state that Wilshere will not be able to be recalled from his loan agreement outside of a transfer window.
Arsene Wenger will be hoping Wilshere can enjoy an injury-free season after suffering several ankle and knee set-backs over the last few seasons.
Asked about the speculation linking Howe with Arsenal, the Bournemouth manager had this to say: “It’s meaningless. I don’t want to hear it. I don’t need to hear it. I just want to win games.
“It’s very hard to predict the future. If you try to then you come unstuck. In football management, you live week to week.
“You turn a blind eye to speculation and anyone that tells me about it I believe it is not meaningful and it doesn’t help me get results for this club.”
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