The concerns about Wilshere not fulfilling his immense potential seem to grow by the day, and our very own legend, Tony Adams, is the latest in line to be critical of Jack. Jack himself admitted that it’s a big season for him and that Arsene Wenger has also thrown down the gauntlet. He showed glimpses of his ability in the Community Shield, but remaining consistently excellent for an entire campaign is an altogether different challenge. Wilshere needs to take a leaf out of Ramsey’s book to redeem his fluctuating career; keeping things simple, remaining fit, and contributing to the team. The young Englishman also needs to find a position and make it his own. The No. 10 role that many always assumed he was destined for is currently occupied by Özil, arguably the best No. 10 in the world. Ramsey isn’t looking like loosening his grip on the box to box role any time soon, and Jack doesn’t have the positioning or defensive nous to operate as a holding midfielder. It’s a make or break for him at Arsenal, you wouldn’t want Wilshere to become another Bentley or a Pennant. He has had a good pre season, he seems completely over the ankle problem, and it’s time to deliver on the pitch instead of smoking; alongside Hart of all people.
ALEX OXLADE CHAMBERLAIN
This is a massive season for Ox. After the summer disappointment with England in Brazil, he has to get his career back on track. This is his fourth year at Arsenal and he hasn’t hit the heights expected of him yet; starting his Arsenal career brightly only to stagnate in his second term. Last season was curtailed by injury and with ever increasing competition in the midfield, Chambo must work hard to get a consistent run in the team this time around. He is certainly a special talent, he is the only player in our squad with Walcott-esque pace, Rambo like energy, Wilshere’s dribbling ability, and Santi’s ambidexterity; but it’s time to stand up and get counted. If Chamberlain can improve his goalscoring this season along with Ramsey, Theo, and Sanchez getting their fair share, I wouldn’t put it past Arsenal to score a hundred goals.
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When some of the so called football writers accused him of nicking a living, we should have dismissed those imbeciles and taken an in depth look. Özil is undoubtedly world class and his signing will always be remembered as a water shed moment in our history. He had a fantastic start to the season, he and Ramsey dovetailed to devastating effect. The zenith being that night against Napoli when we obliterated the Italians. As the season progressed, however, Mesut lost his form primarily due to two reasons- fatigue and lack of runners in the team. It’s not rocket science, Özil needed pace and off the ball running which was something the team became devoid of when there was no Walcott or Ramsey. This time around, the team is almost tailored to fit the German playmaker. Sanchez, Ramsey, Walcott, Campbell, and Chamberlain will all be the recipients of Özil’s laser guided passes. Last season Arsene Wenger said that the German in his second season would be one of the favourites for the player of the year, and I wouldn’t bet against that