Hailed as the future of Arsenal and England over the last few years, Jack Wilshere has yet to meet the high expectations and hopes many have had for him this year.
The media have been harsh on the lad who is capable of dazzling for the Gunners, ripping apart no other than Iniesta and Xavi in 2011, however a series of injuries kept him sidelined for 2012 while the form of others have pushed him out wide of late.
We’ve seen glimpses of his technical brilliance this season and his immaturity, but he has been staking a serious challenge for a starting berth in central midfield.
The only way he will fulfill his potential is to get games under his belt in his favoured role. But for the time being he will struggle to be picked ahead of Aaron Ramsey while either Mathieu Flamini or Mikel Arteta occupy the deeper role.
What Wilshere needs to do is take a leaf from Ramsey’s book. Go back to basics and do the simple things right, even if he has to play from the wing. Against Marseille he has fantastic, and has since shown what he can do from wider areas.
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His confidence in shooting has certainly heightened, a sign that he can indeed follow Ramsey’s path from disaster to composed in front of goal.
There is still much to come from the Englishman. He can become as good if not better than Aaron Ramsey.