The 22 year old who scored three goals and made four assists in 24 Premier League game last season, has been in the news for the wrong reasons recently and received plenty of criticism. He was pictured smoking during his post-World Cup holiday in Las Vegas but has since apologized for the incident and accepted it was an error of judgment on his part.
The former Gunners legend Adams believes Wilshere should have taken the signing of Ozil from Real Madrid last summer as a personal insult to his own ability and impact on the pitch.
According to Daily Mail, he said:
If push came to shove, for a cup final or big match, Arsene would pick Ozil ahead of Jack.
He should have taken it as a personal insult that Arsenal went out and signed Ozil when they already had the same talent at their disposal in him.
He must show more hunger and professionalism. He’s in danger of not fulfilling his potential and his career could be over in the blink of an eye.
He has to be more verbal, shake things up and show more fire in his belly.
The Englishman emerged from the club’s academy to graduate to the first team as a youngster. He has been handed the iconic No. 10 shirt and for a long time has been lauded as the future of the Arsenal midfield. He has had his fair share of injury troubles during his career, but has failed to push on and really improve as many had hoped.
He has also attracted a degree of controversy with his smoking incidents and accused of having a party lifestyle which have raised question marks over his attitude and commitment. The onus is on Wilshere to banish those doubts in 2014/15, he has the ability to do it and a run of games without injury could be enough to see him really push on.
Having witnessed the transformation of Aaron Ramsey from struggling bit-part player to the heartbeat of the team, Arsene must show a similar degree of patience with Wilshere. He must be given regular playing time this season to see if he can start to deliver on his undoubted promise.
Adams comments are a little harsh when Ozil is literally one of the best in his position and Wilshere seems to be better suited to a slightly deeper, box to box role. However it’s about time for Wilshere to prove his worth.
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