Being the bright young thing of English football must be like walking around in a pressure cooker. A few great performances and suddenly you're Pele or Maradona. A bad five minutes and suddenly you're a flop.
Along with possibly Ross Barkley at Everton, Jack Wilshere currently stands in this magnified spotlight with the intrusions of the media and eyes of the public scrutinising his every move.
This season Wilshere's form has been patchy. There have been some high points such as the top corner curler against Marseille after a mere 29 seconds, or the one touch volley passing team move culminating with a sublime finish against Norwich- but there have also been games where Wilshere has been virtually anonymous.
At the Etihad last weekend Wilshere played on the left of the midfield and looked someway off the pace. Time and again he was exposed defensively by the attacking movement of Samir Nasri and Aleksander Kolarov on Man City's right flank.
Similarly tired looking performances have also come against Dortmund in the Champions League defeat, Crystal Palace and Swansea amongst others.
These performances, along with the off the pitch smoking incident and the recent rude gesture to opposition fans, suggest that the pressure of it all might be getting to the young lad.
Aged 21 and coming back after a few injuries over the last couple of seasons, Wilshere is at a crucial stage of his development as a footballer. Arsenal and England fans should be calm and patient.
Not only is Wilshere an amazingly gifted footballer with time on his side but he also has possibly the best manager available to guide him through this period.
Arsene Wenger has shepherded players like Cesc Fabregas, Nicholas Anelka, Thierry Henry and now almost certainly Aaron Ramsey on to great things in the game. There is every reason to believe that he can do the same with Jack Wilshere. The media and fans should recognise that this takes time and support him even when he has the odd bad game.
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