Expectations are unrealistic, Arsenal midfielder Wilshere believes

Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere has complained of the unrealistic expectations on his shoulders, ESPN has reported, as he seeks to remind his critics he is still only 21-years-old.

Wilshere believes off-field factors have led some observers to forget that he is still very young, as well as how long he has been in and around the Gunners first team. But Wilshere believes that considering he is usually playing against opponents 10 years his senior, he is doing well for himself.

I do think [people forget my age],” Wilshere agreed. “Not just because I’ve been around for a long time, but people hear I’ve got two kids and it’s not often you hear about a 21-year-old with two kids.

I’ve been in the first team since I was 16, so that’s five years, which is quite a long time in football terms,” Wilshere added. “I made my debut when I was 16 and the aim was to play for England and it came pretty quickly, when I was 18.

At that point, the main thing after that was to keep my place in the Arsenal team week in, week out and I did during that season.

People are always going to criticise you and judge your performances all the time. They are paid to do that, so you have to concentrate on your own game. I play week in, week out against 31 and 32-year-olds, so I think you just have to take that.

Wilshere missed a large chunk of his career through injury but returned to regular football last season, and is expected to be fit to play for England against Chile despite a niggling ankle problem. If he does take to the field against the South Americans it will be Wilshere’s 13th senior international cap and 22nd game for club and country this season.

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