Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is of the opinion that new signing Jack Wilshere is capable of hurting teams and showed as much at Arsenal.

The England international, who joined Bournemouth from Arsenal on a loan deal until the end of the season on deadline day, made his Cherries debut in a 2-1 friendly loss to AC Milan at the weekend.

Wilshere played the opening 45 minutes of the encounter, which served as Warren Cummings' testimonial, before being replaced by Jake McCarthy at half time.

And Howe, who feels Bournemouth’s quality has increased with the inclusion of Wilshere, lauded the 24-year-old’s creativity and decision making capabilities.

"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”, Howe was quoted as saying by beIN Sports.


"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."

Wilshere, whose present contract with Arsenal runs until 2018, clocked up 37 minutes over two substitute appearances in the Premier League for the Gunners this season.

Crystal Palace and Roma were also interested in snapping up Wilshere on a loan deal on deadline day, but Bournemouth won the race for the Englishman.