During Jack Wilshere's long injury lay-off, that saw him miss 17 months of action, he was described as the missing link in the Arsenal midfield.

However, statistics actually show that the Gunners have a better win-ratio when Wilshere isn't in the team.

Despite being labelled as the key figure in the heart of the Arsenal midfield, whenever the Englishman has sat out of the game, the side have a better win-ratio than when the 21-year-old does feature during the 2012/13 campaign.

Arsenal have lost seven games when Wilshere has been in the line-up and have only lost four when he isn't in the starting XI.

The win-ratio is 55% for Arsenal when Wilshere isn't in the team and when he is the team, the win-ratio goes down to 51.9%, which shows that the Gunners win more often when he doesn't feature.

With Wilshere
Games: 27
Wins: 14 
Draws: 6
Losses: 7
Win %: 51.9%

Without Wilshere
Games: 20
Wins: 11
Draws: 5
Losses: 4
Win %: 55%


Statistics taken from: The Daily Mail 


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