Wilshere – It’s not over yet

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere insists their season is not

over yet and has urged his team-mates to up their game for next

weekend’s North London derby.

The Gunners’ trophyless run could stretch to eight seasons this

year, having failed to establish themselves in the Premier League

title race and with their UEFA Champions League campaign on the

brink.

Arsene Wenger’s men crashed out of the FA Cup last weekend

before suffering a 3-1 defeat in the first leg of their last 16 tie

at home to Bayern Munich in Europe in midweek to give themselves a

mountain to climb on their visit to Germany next month.

But they narrowly beat Aston Villa on Saturday to give their

hopes of a top-four league finish a boost and Wilshere insists they

still have much to play for.

Ahead of next weekend’s clash with local rivals Tottenham,

Wilshere told The Sun: “Our season is definitely not over.

“We’ve got a big chance against Tottenham. We’ve got another big

game at Bayern.

“It will be tough but if we show no fear, anything can

happen.”

Wenger has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks as

Arsenal’s hopes of silverware have faded and Wilshere was glad the

players could ease some of the heat on the manager on Saturday.

“It was a massive win, especially after the midweek

disappointment,” he added.

“We take the pressure. I think the manager takes it as well. He

stands up for us the whole time. But we as players have to take the

pressure on and relieve the pressure like we did (on

Saturday).”