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Martin Keown reveals what's being said about Jack Wilshere at Arsenal

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Arsenal fans would love to see nothing more than Jack Wilshere back to his best.

The passionate midfielder has seen his career at the Emirates derailed through injuries and loss of form, which prompted a loan move to Bournemouth last season.

There were rumours that Wilshere could leave in the summer but he stayed, to the delight of Arsenal faithful.

The 25-year-old is yet to make an impact in the Premier League - he hasn’t played a single minute in the league this campaign - but Wenger has used him in each of the Gunners’ three Europa League matches.

The latest appearance came in this evening’s trip to Red Star Belgrade, where Arsenal were confronted by a raucous crowd inside the 56,000-seater Rajko Mitic stadium.

And it was a moment of brilliance from the English midfielder that proved the difference.

Olivier Giroud scored a wonderful effort in the 85th minute to hand Arsenal a 1-0 win but the goal wasn’t possible without Wilshere first skinning three Red Star Belgrade players and then flicking the ball to Theo Walcott, who provided the assist for the French striker.

Check it out below.

Arsenal supporters are now demanding Wilshere play in the Premier League and the playmaker is making it near-impossible to leave him out.

It’s not just the talent, but the desire that Wilshere brings that Arsenal sorely need.

What's being said about Wilshere behind the scenes

According to Martin Keown, this performance has been coming. The former Arsenal defender revealed to BT Sport before kick-off that he’s been hearing good things about Wilshere in training from those behind the scenes.

"This is a platform, this competition, for him to prove first of all his fitness, then his ability,” Keown said, per the Mirror.

"I think with this competition it's not like it's the Champions League where you have to be available three games a week.

"The platform at Bournemouth gave him that, essentially, I think 27/28 games by and large, since he broke his leg, he was available.

"But they are saying behind the scenes Jack is now playing better than every before in training.

"He has got to now do that tonight, he has to announce his career back open again.

"We know the talent has been there for years, he's just now got to do it, and this is a big enough platform for him to prove he can get into this first team, he doesn't need to go on loan.

"Arsenal can meet his expectations but he needs to stay fit".

Crvena Zvezda v Arsenal FC - UEFA Europa League

That has proven extremely difficult for Wilshere, who made his name with a starring performance against Lionel Messi’s Barcelona in 2011.

But now he looks back to his best, and surely has eyes on a place in a place in the England squad for next year’s World Cup. 

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England Football
Europa League
Arsene Wenger
Football
Premier League
Arsenal
Jack Wilshere
Martin Keown

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