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Published: 11:27 | 5/9/16

Howe: Wilshere will improve team

Eddie Howe believes Jack Wilshere will have a positive effect on the Bournemouth players during his season-long loan.

Wilshere joined Bournemouth on loan from Arsenal on transfer deadline day and he made his first appearances for the Cherries in Saturday's 2-1 friendly defeat against Milan.

The England international played 45 minutes in the defeat but Howe believes he had an instant impact on the rest of the squad.

"I hoped the signing and the high profile nature of the signing will give the lads that confidence that having a player like Jack Wilshere in your squad can give," said Howe.

"I have seen a difference in our players and certainly standing next to them in the tunnel with the team can only inspire belief and confidence in the group.

"Hopefully it will inspire us to be better coaches to our players and it will inspire the players onto another level."

He went on: "We saw the potential of the team with him in it and there will hopefully be some exciting times ahead and he can provide that link between our midfield and attack which we desperately need.

"He has a creative eye, which anyone who has seen Arsenal down the years will know how good he is with his decision making in those areas.

"I don't think there is any doubting his quality. If we can get enough ball in dangerous positions he will certainly hurt teams."

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