Jack Wilshere has admitted he’s ‘glad to be back’ after netting a superb goal for Bournemouth in their 2-1 victory over Crawley.

The 29-year-old marked his return to the club with a brilliant first-time effort as the Cherries reached the fifth round of the FA Cup thanks to Josh King’s winner.

Wilshere scored his first for Bournemouth against Crawley Town

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Wilshere scored his first for Bournemouth against Crawley Town

And the former Arsenal man, who was making his first FA Cup appearance since winning the 2015 final with the Gunners, admitted he couldn’t believe it had been six years since he had featured in the competition.

“It’s strange I saw that before the game and can’t believe I haven’t played in the FA Cup since then!” Wilshere told talkSPORT.

“Obviously, I didn’t play it in my last year at Arsenal and not at West Ham either.

“I have got a special relationship with this cup. I’ve always enjoyed it and have some great memories of winning it obviously.

“I enjoy playing in this competition and I’m glad to be back.”

Wilshere was making his second full debut for the Cherries after rejoining Jason Tindall’s side following his release from West Ham in October.

And he also revealed that he has been working on his finishing as he embarks on another chapter with Bournemouth on the south coast.

“I’ve been working a lot on my finishing and I’m not just saying that because I scored,” he added. “The one touch stuff around the box.

“Since I’ve been out of the game I’ve been watching a lot my old games and at times I’ve probably looked for that extra pass.

“I want to score more goals and I never scored for Bournemouth in my time here before so it’s nice to finally score my first goal – it’s long overdue!”


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