16/2/2011. Arsenal Vs Barcelona – A UEFA Champions League crunch match. A selection of the finest players in World Football on show with the likes Lionel Messi, David Villa and Xavi taking to the stage at the Emirates. However, it’s a young English teenager who steals the show and propels Arsenal to a famous victory. Wilshere shows fantastic technical ability, strength and stamina along with a hugely impressive 94% passing accuracy to win the coveted man of the match award with a midfield performance worthy of the famous Barcelona jersey itself.
Yet four years on and it certainly is difficult to see where the talented midfielder fits in at Arsenal. Injury problems have hindered his progress and at the time of writing he is only just returning to full training following ankle surgery. It is no longer a case of him now simply walking back into the team and his future playing position remains unclear. As a number 10, he has shown questionable decision making and his late distribution has been the cause of many of his injuries. The sublime Santi Cazorla and a returning Mesut Özil seem far better options in that role at the moment and when the likes of Tomas Rosicky continues to impress, Arsene Wenger will certainly face a headache in trying to accommodate Wilshere into his very strong midfield.
As a holding midfielder however, he has shown promise and his four consecutive man of the match awards for his country are a clear illustration of his ability, notably his assist in the recent friendly tie against Scotland being a highlight. Roy Hodgson has indicated that he views him as a holding midfielder and recent England performances suggest he could be right. However, for Arsenal, this looks like a different story. The promising Francois Coquelin has quickly became Arsene Wenger’s first name on the team sheet and Santi Cazorla has made the number 10 role his own. Meanwhile, FA cup hero Aaron Ramsey takes the other midfield role in Arsenals new look 4-3-3 formation.
In recent times too, Jack Wilshere’s personal life has also come under scrutiny following pictures online appearing to show the Englishman holding what looks to be a shisha pipe. Unfortunately for Jack, this isn’t an isolated incident and this latest picture would be the third picture of this type. Wenger claims that he knows Jack Wilshere isn’t a smoker yet in the same breath states the the 23 year old must learn to ‘master his life’
So whilst time appears to be running out for Jack Wilshere, it is beginning to look likely that his incredible talent may not ever get the platform necessary at Arsenal to become a legend with the London club Just like Wilfried Zaha during his time at Manchester United, many players can be blessed with an impeccable talent, but sometimes the club in question are to blame for not fully taking advantage and harnessing such potential. Both Zaha and Wilshere in this case need to regain full fitness in hope of holding a consistent starting position in the future. Who knows what the future may hold for Jack Wilshere at Arsenal – whether or not he will be able to resurrect his stop-start career of late remains to be seen and although it certainly isn’t too late, it’s vital Wilshere acts before it’s too late to reach his full potential.
Article written by: @Copake96