On the back end of his impressive Europa League performance against Bate, Jack Wilshere finally showed signs of why he first had every English fan filled with excitement, especially in the first half only misplacing one pass before the half-time whistle as well as assisting Theo Walcott for the first goal of the game. His anticipation of the game was impressive, making runs and acute passes in and around the box, creating space for himself and his teammates.
His return from a season-long loan at Bournemouth came as a small surprise to some, but Gunners’ manager Wenger remained his faith in the Englishman. Wilshere has admitted his love and desire to stay and play his football at the Emirates Stadium and his ability has never been questioned. his game time however must be amongst the unluckiest in the Premier League with injury after injury stunting his growth to become an elite creative midfielder.
But now he is back in the fold at Arsenal, and assuming he steers away from the injury list, Wilshere will be putting the pressure on his fellow midfield teammates for a regular spot in the starting line-up. Referring again to the experimental Europa League side fielded against Bate, Wilshere also acted like a real leader on the pitch especially for youngsters such as Reiss Nelson, with this being a trait in his game that gives him an advantage over the reckless Granit Xhaka for instance, whom is fair to say, does not set the most ideal example on the pitch.
Although Arsenal’s midfield is the strongest area within their squad, Wilshere’s natural ability, quick-thinking and decisive passing gives him every right to be earning a place in the Gunners’ first eleven, and from an English point of view would be fantastic to see.
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