Jack Wilshere needs to be left alone

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In recent weeks Arsenal ace Jack Wilshere has faced heavy criticism from pretty much all over the place.

From being seen smoking, to having a poor first-half against West Brom last weekend and today having to justify comments made about Adnan Januzaj's potential involvement in the England setup, Wilshere has certainly had a hectic past week or so.

And, while it can be argued that the criticism the Gunners ace has faced is justified, it's most certainly not necessary.

It can be easily forgotten that Wilshere is still just 21-years-old - he's still learning his trade as a footballer and a professional.

He's going to make mistakes in his personal life (being caught smoking) and he's going to make mistakes on the pitch (first-half display against West Brom), however he must not be crucified for his actions.

He needs to be given the time and the space to mature as a man and a footballer.

The Gunners midfielder is one of the most talented English players of the 21st century so he needs to be looked after.

Wilshere can do things with the ball that other English stars can't. Comfortable in possession, with fantastic vision, he can potentially be one of the world's best.

He's also a natural leader and can one day become captain for both club and country. Always giving 100%, his commitment can never be questioned.

There will be times when he's left out of the Arsenal side and even the England side over the coming years, but there must be a relaxed approach from the media, pundits and fans as he will go through many more tricky spells during his career.

At Arsenal, an under Arsene Wenger, Wilshere has a great chance to succeed - he has a coach that knows how to look after the best young talent and Wenger is sure to keep the player level headed.

Wenger would have told Wilshere that smoking was wrong and Wenger would have also told his star that he was poor in the first-half against West Brom - that should be enough.
He doesn't need to hear it from anyone else.

In five years time, England need a Jack Wilshere who is peaking, who is showing his class and quality on a consistent basis - but we must let him get there first.

If crucified for mistakes, Wilshere could take steps backwards and not forwards -he's got the talent to be the best, but we must give him the opportunity to deliver.

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