Saying that Jack Wilshere has fallen short of expectations would be putting things mildly.
It’s been more than six years now since the Englishman ran the show in Arsenal’s famous 2-1 victory over Barcelona and it’s been a downward spiral ever since. A series of injuries halted his rise and he’s yet to reach his old heights since.
Nevertheless, last season posed the perfect opportunity for Wilshere to stride towards redemption via a loan spell at Bournemouth.
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The 25-year-old never moved out of second gear at the Vitality Stadium, though. In 27 appearances for the Cherries, Wilshere didn’t find the net and only produced two assists.
Damningly too, his season ended in injury after fracturing his leg away at Tottenham in April.
You would think then that Wilshere’s Arsenal career is dead in the water. Besides, Arsene Wenger has made no secret of the fact he needs to remove dead wood this summer and Wilshere improved minimally even with game time.
However, the Arsenal boss is willing to give the Englishman another chance at the Emirates in the form of an eighth season with the club. It’s a decision that will, undoubtedly, divide the opinion of gooners.
As per The Sun, Wenger stated: “It’s good that he’s back and available, he needs games now.
“He might play again on Monday night, it is important it’s a natural progression to being completely fit which is not far away now.
“I plan him to be here for the whole season. After, we’ll see at the end of the season.”
At this point, Wilshere is beyond indebted to his manager. The Frenchman is giving him a chance he perhaps isn’t owed to prove that his performances in youth aren’t simply a thing of the past.
Well, the 25-year-old’s rise back to fitness began on Monday with a cameo for Arsenal under 23s in a 3-2 victory over a Derby County youth side.
Although Reiss Nelson stole the show with a breath-taking individual goal, Wilshere executed a sound performance in midfield. And on Wenger’s own admission, it could warrant a first team outing within the week.
To compete with the likes of Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka, though, Wilshere will have to thrive in the substitute appearances he is granted.
Besides, he won’t meet a manager as patient with him as Wenger, clearly.
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