When a player returns to fitness after a long-term injury, fans and the media are quick to say 'it's like a new signing'. The problem with Jack Wilshere is that we seem to be saying it every season now.
The Arsenal midfielder, now approaching his 24th birthday, has missed over 1,000 days of football through injury. Suffering his latest setback in training before the Community Shield match against Chelsea.
With the Gunners joint top of the Premier League and possessing an abundance of midfielders, it's important that Wilshere is fully fit before he gets any minutes under his belt.
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Wenger can afford to place him on the bench, although, if he is tempted to play him it could risk the player's career. Another injury might be too much for Wilshere to carry on after admitting his recent lay-off was his "toughest" yet.
To keep on bouncing back like he has requires tremendous mental strength. However, there is only so much one player can go through and he many never return the player everyone thought he might become.
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If the English midfielder is gradually brought off the bench for a month then he can eventually start and show his true talent, but it would be naive to throw him straight in.
Wenger will obviously need to rotate his players at some point. However, it shouldn't be a problem to be patient with Wilshere because there are a number of options in midfield.
The Arsenal manager can rely on Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Francis Coquelin, Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky. That's an incredible list and there should be no excuse for rushing the Stevenage-born player back.
He will certainly have an eye on the Euros next summer and in order to hold a place in the squad he must play regularly for Arsenal. That will be an obvious pressure that Wilshere might put on Wenger. Nonetheless, the French boss must show his man-management capabilities.
There also has to be an investigation into why these injuries keep occurring. The Gunners have a terrible record and there could be a much deeper rooted reason for Wilshere's long-term problems.
Will Jack Wilshere ever become the player he once promised to be or will he be another injury plagued player? Let us know your opinion by leaving a comment below
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