By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The Gunners shrugged off any ill-effects from their shock midweek elimination in the Capital One Cup to Bradford City by playing some of their best football this season at the Madejski Stadium to rout Reading, with their five goals coming from Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and a hat-trick by Santi Cazorla.
Although Arsenal's night was marred by conceding two sloppy goals to Reading's Adam Le Fondre and Jimmy Kebe, there was never any doubt that there would be only one winner on the night, as Arsene Wenger's men tore through the Reading defence with ease time and again.
Wilshere was understandably thrilled with the performance of his team and the ensuing result, claiming that the club sorely needed the win after the Bradford debacle.
"It was tough last week after the disappointing result at Bradford," Wilshere told Sky Sports News.
"We had to be strong as they are a tough team who are fighting relegation.
"Any sort of victory tonight [Monday] would have been welcomed."
The England international also expressed his delight at the amount of attacking threat the Gunners possessed and declared that team-mate Theo Walcott was ready to play as a striker.
"The boss put three up front and it worked," Wilshere added.
"Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott were different class.
"Theo showed he can do it up front and hopefully he can play there in the future.
"The club is very strong. The way we played, I think we saw some of the old Arsenal on Monday.
"We needed to bounce back and we must push on now. We have got a difficult game at Wigan coming up now."
Walcott, who scored with a fantastic curled finish 10 minutes from time, agreed that the Gunners' quality was finally starting to show and praised his team-mates for helping make it easier for him to play as a striker.
"We don't really take notice of the outside," Walcott said of the negativity surrounding the club in recent times.
"We're a big family and we know our quality and that we're good enough.
"I enjoyed playing up front and the boss gave me that opportunity.
"I thought I did very well and the players around me always make my job easier."
Arsenal are currently fifth in the table on 27 points, two points behind arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who currently occupy the coveted fourth spot.