Wilshere vows to stay put
Midfielder remains fully committed to Gunners
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: 05/10/11 2:10pm
Jack Wilshere has no intention of becoming the next high-profile departure at Arsenal and has described the club as his 'perfect home'.
The Gunners endured a difficult summer transfer window, with Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy heading for pastures new.
Fabregas returned to his Catalan roots with Barcelona, while Nasri and Clichy accepted the riches on offer at ambitious Manchester City.
With Arsenal having stumbled out of the blocks on the back of those sales, it has been suggested that the club are in danger of being further asset stripped.
Robin van Persie, Andrey Arshavin, Alex Song, Theo Walcott and Wilshere have all been the subject of transfer gossip since the season got underway.
Wilshere cannot speak for anyone else, but he insists that he is going nowhere, with the penning of a five-year contract back in November 2010 underlining his full commitment to the cause.
He 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.
"Some players have got their price but, to be honest, that's not the way I look at the game."
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"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."
Wilshere accepts that a six-year wait for a trophy is not good enough for a side like Arsenal, but he believes the criticism that has started to be levelled at Arsene Wenger is unfair given all that he has done for the club.
He 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.
"We started a bit slowly but we still feel we can finish in the top four."