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Published: 11:16 | 9/9/16

Howe: Cherries loan perfect for Wilshere

Ideal location to rebuild career

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes that Jack Wilshere's loan period with the club could help to revive his career.

The Arsenal and England midfielder is expected to make his debut for the Cherries tomorrow against West Brom at Dean Court after struggling to hold down a regular first team place at the Emirates due to persistent injury problems.

Wilshere agreed a loan move to the south coast on the last day of the transfer window despite rumoured interest from Italian giants AC Milan and Roma.

Howe believes that the midfielder will make a huge difference to his squad and firmly believes that Dean Court is the ideal location for him to rebuild his career following two injury-ravaged seasons which left him on the periphery of Arsene Wenger's plans.

"I think it is a brave decision for his career but hopefully a good one," Howe said.

"Hopefully when he looks back in a year's time, he will see it as a turning point in his career for the better.

"If you had said to me (a few years ago) that we would have the opportunity to sign someone like Jack I would have said it is not possible.

"It is a moment we look on and think 'wow, that is a big moment for the football club'.

"It is a different path for us, there are risks attached to that but there are also huge benefits if it goes well."

Howe also revealed that he believes it was Wilshere's determination to remain in the Premier League that led him to choose Bournemouth over AC Milan and Roma.

"I think the key thing for Jack is he wants to stay in the Premier League, I think that was important for us (getting the deal)," he added.

"(Arsenal) were happy to go with Jack's decision but I think it had to be a good fit.

"Ultimately Arsenal want us to get the best out of Jack and it will benefit everybody if his loan spell is successful, so the environment had to be right and all parties will benefit.

"He has settled in to the dynamics and the changing room very well. I think he has been very bright in training, as you would expect.

"It has given other players a lift.

"The level of training has gone up because he is here but ultimately our players are going to enjoy playing with him."

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