Arsenal won't be winning awards for entertainment after their performance against Red Star Belgrade last night.
Arsene Wenger fielded a young side at the Emirates to face the outfit they dispatched in Serbia two weeks ago, virtue of Olivier Giroud's brilliant late winner. In a much tighter affair this time round, though, the Gunners qualified for the knockout stages in rather sheepish fashion.
Red Star produced by far the most threatening chances in the first-half with Vujadin Savić forcing Matthew Macey into a sensational save before Richmond Boakye bottled a clear one-on-one opportunity.
It was a similar story after the break with Arsenal's cool midfield play failing to reap a killer final pass and Boayke missed another clear chance to snatch the upset.
The closest Arsenal came to scoring all match came via none other than Jack Wilshere when his chipped finish was spectacularly cleared off the line.
Despite his career in north London looking in tatters after a mediocre loan spell with Bournemouth, the 25-year-old has seriously impressed during his Carabao Cup and Europa League cameos this season.
Fans even considered it a shock that Wilshere wasn't selected in Gareth Southgate's latest England squad and that Wenger doesn't start him in Premier League fixtures.
And although said suggestions are probably premature, it was hard to ignore that Wilshere was starring once again when he pulled the strings in vein against Red Star.
He certainly caught the eye of Martin Keown who was full of praise and advice for the 25-year-old in his post match analysis.
Keown said the following as he watched Wilshere's highlights: “What I like about Jack is he is able to thrust from midfield like no other player can in that central position.
“He’s finishing games, he’s coming on stronger in the matches. Look at the ball he played in there, weight of pass, vision.
“There’s players all around him and within a second, a moment of brilliance, he’s away and out of trouble.
“I don’t see anybody else, there aren’t too many players that can do this in the Premier League.
“That’s why the debate will rage as to whether or not he should be going into the England squad even at this early stage of his recovery."
Check out the video of his analysis below:
There's only so long Wenger can brush these performances aside and supporters are certainly happy to see Wilshere striding towards his very best again.
If he stays fit and keeps his discipline, Wilshere's Arsenal career could be far from over.
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