Jack Wilshere is probably Arsenal’s most in-form player at present, he was excellent against Chelsea and Man City in particular, however he was certainly not at the top of our list as one of our most vital midfielders coming into the season.
Injuries to Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil opens the door for the Englishman to really stake a claim in the Arsenal lineup, help get our season on track and silence his critics.
We’ve seen what he can do in front of goal, some superb goals last season plus his tidy finish against Manchester City last month proves he can produce the final product not to mention some of his tasteful balls to Alexis and co against Chelsea.
He drives the team forward with his dangerous bursts and has the ability to take players on in small spaces in the centre of the park. He adds some much needed dynamism and will make up for the loss of silkiness from Ozil.
This is the time for Wilshere to step up and fulfil his immense potential. Ramsey isn’t far away from returning so he will most likely take up the deeper role alongside Mikel Arteta soon which affords Wilshere the No10 position.
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Santi is certainly in the mix too and will profit from the absence of Ozil, but Jack is favoured by Wenger because he’s the gem of the academy, incredibly hard working and is slowly becoming the world class midfielder that we saw destroy Xavi and Iniesta all those years ago. He just needs regular action and produce some final product that he IS capable of.
Wilshere himself reiterated these thoughts while speaking after the England victory against San Marino:
I feel good and I’m always looking to improve, no matter what.
For a player of my age, I’ve missed a lot of football so I’m just trying to play as much as I can, train as much as I can and I’ve always said that when I get fully fit you’ll see the best of me.
I said at the start of the season that it was going to take some time to get back to my best. Ever since my first injury, it’s always taken a run of games – probably between five and 10 – to get back to my best.
Some players are different, some players come back and are at their best straight away. But some need a run of games and I’m one of those players.
Do you agree that Wilshere can fill the void of Ozil? Or do you think Wenger will prefer Cazorla in the No10 role who has played a little deeper of late…?