Jack Wilshere has endured another season of injury frustration, but after coming on for the last half hour in Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Norwich last weekend, is eager to make his mark on the FA Cup final on Saturday against Hull City. The recent frustrations from both ankle injuries now behind him, Wilshere remembers watching the Gunners last trophy win, the FA Cup against Manchester United in 2005. ” Vieira scored – I remember Man United were the better team, we won on penalties. Well take that on Saturday, we just want to win.” he says.

The Gunners will be vying for their first trophy in nine years and Wilshere is determined to play his part on what would be an amazing achievement for Arsene Wenger’s side.

” No matter what we have to win this. We’ve been here before in the Carling Cup, but no disrespect to the Carling Cup this is bigger. It’s a trophy that when I grew up, you remembered the FA Cup finals. I won the FA youth cup, so now we want to win this. ”

Wilshere will hope to play in Wembley’s show piece event, in what will be only his second appearance since coming off with a hairline fracture of his left ankle during England’s 1-0 win over Denmark.

” When I done it, I didn’t think anything of it, I just carried on for 40 minutes. When I first done it, I thought oh no . As I walked off it got easier and easier, and I carried on for 40 minutes. After the game I had a scan straight away and it didn’t show anything. The doctor couldn’t see it. It had to take someone who specialises in reading scans to see it. It was a bit frustrating, the next day I woke up a few missed calls from the doctor and I thought oh no!

Having been doomed by injuries, Arsenal certainly missed his qualities during that enforced absence.

” Yes, I’ve been here now in an around the first team for six years, so I like to think so. ( having leadership qualities ), I know the coaches, I know me and the manger get on well so ok I’m young, but I’ve been around for a while. I like to think of myself as a leader. The manager thought of me as a leader as well.”

Wilshere has used his interim time wisely, keeping fit with gym work and has been a keen viewer of the UK television coverage. His goal at the Emirates stadium against Norwich won many accolades and also BBC’s goal of the season.

A remark by former United and England midfielder Paul Scholes on the other hand unsettled the 22 year old. So armed with his number courtesy of England coach Gary Neville, Wilshere decided to call the man he refers to as one of the best England midfielders of all time.

” For the next few days after he said that, I sat down, I was speaking with my dad, a few of the coaches here and I just thought I want to hear what he thinks, as I said before, I respect him so much, he’ll make a great coach for any young player. I’m a young player and he’s been there and done it and I just want to hear what he had to say.

It was a bit strange, out of the blue. I remember watching it and he was having a go at Arsenal and I was thinking,was he going to come for me?

” I actually spoke to him afterwards, we had quite a good chat and he explained his comments. He’s entitled to his opinion. If it’d come from a sh*t player I’d say what are you talking about? It came from Paul Scholes. We got to the bottom of it and he explained it a little bit better and told me what I should work on. For me he was the best England midfielder of all time.

” He said to me that, he’s right in a certain way, when I first burst onto the scene, there was all this, and then I got injured, I’ve had bad luck with injuries but I can’t keep saying that I’ve been injured and that was what he was referring to. There comes a time when you’ve got to stop saying he’s young, he’s got all this potential.

” I think this season I’ve improved a lot. I’ve scored a few more than I have in the past and I’ve got a few more assists, that side of things. You can keep the ball, and you can look good, but it’s the stats that matter at the end of the day. ”

Wilshere remembers watching the FA Cup final growing up. Come Saturday evening and he and his team mates will be aiming to lift the famous trophy, and begin his own winners’ medal collection.