While Arsenal will be no doubt be wishing they were playing Champions League football rather than in the Europa League, failure to qualify for Europe’s elite competition may be a blessing in disguise.
The Gunners are making light work of their group and look likely to still be playing European football after February - something that hasn’t happened since the 2009/10 season when they reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil would be happier if they were facing the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid on a Tuesday or Wednesday but there are plenty of Arsenal players that are glad to be travelling around Europe on a Thursday.
One of those players is Jack Wilshere.
The injury-prone midfielder hasn’t been given too many opportunities in the Premier League by Arsene Wenger this campaign but is playing a starring role in the Europa League.
And he did so once again against Red Star Belgrade on Thursday night.
The 25-year-old played 90 minutes and was the best player on the pitch. He also played a big part in Olivier Giroud’s stunning winner.
It was a real joy watching him surging forward with the ball and creating chances with some brilliant through balls.
And, if you missed the match, then just check out Wilshere’s individual highlights because they really are great.
During the compilation, Wilshere looks back to his best and caused the home side all sorts of problems in that number 10 role.
Watch: Wilshere's highlights v Red Star Belgrade
Check them out:
Well played, Jack.
But will Wilshere’s performance mean he’ll get a chance to impress in the league in the coming weeks?
Will Wilshere play in the Premier League?
Well, Wenger answered that very question after the game.
“I’m pleased for him,” Wenger said about Wilshere after the match.
“He will get a chance in the Premier League don’t worry for that. Games of that intensity will help him a lot.”
Is Jack finally back?
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