Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been warned by the boss Arsene Wenger regarding the competition the England midfielder faces before returning to the team.
Fresh from three month following ankle surgery and ahead of schedule, Wilshere is looking to pick up where he left off in November where he came tantilisingly close to the player we know he can become.
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Since his absence, however, players have grown in stature and the likes of Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are certainties in any Arsenal XI.
That leaves one central position free which Mesut Ozil has occupied brilliantly over the past few weeks.
“No matter who plays, you always worry about the balance of the team,” Wenger told reporters (via the Guardian).
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“In Cazorla and Özil, Welbeck and Sánchez, it is a very offensive team and that means if you take one out and put Jack in it is exactly the same. Jack is an offensive player, someone who can turn the game forward and win the ball. And that’s his game.
“He can play wide so that means he can play on the right, on the left and in the middle, and with those positions there is fierce competition as well. But when you look at our scheduling over the next month I’m happy with that as he will get games. He is exactly the same player as he was before he was injured.”
With big games coming up in the FA Cup and Champions League, Wenger will no doubt return to the 4-1-4-1 formation he’s used in most of our important fixtures.
That would probably mean Ozil moving wide and Wilshere coming in to sure up the midfield next.
It maybe fair to say, and we’ve all heard this before. but the next few months are crucial to Wilshere’s career.