Cape Town - Jack Wilshere admits his first Arsenal goal in two-and-a-half years was a weight off his shoulders.
Wilshere netted the Gunners’ third goal in their 6-0 thrashing of Belarusian outfit BATE on Thursday night, with Arsene Wenger’s side already confirmed as winners of Europa League Group H.
The 25-year-old has been predominantly been used in the cup competitions, rather than the Premier League, this season, but hopes getting on the scoresheet will have boosted his chances of earning a place in Wenger’s starting XI.
When asked if his goal was a relief, Wilshere told BT Sport: "Yeah a little bit.
"It was important we enjoyed it. It's one of those games that if you don't give it the right amount of focus you don't enjoy it.
"We've had a good group stage this year. We're happy going into the next round and hopefully we can get some more goals and be happy playing together.
"All we can do is show what we can do when we get an opportunity.
"If we are called upon from the bench we have to be ready and support the boys who are playing. At the end of the day, we are all Arsenal."