Thursday, June 24, 2021

Wenger drooling over midfielder’s performance

Arsene Wenger was full of praise for Jack Wilshere after he ran the show in Arsenal’s 4-2 victory over BATE Borisov in last night’s Europa League game. He consistently demonstrated the vision and creativity that once made him such a promising talent. The Arsenal number 10 has been a bit part player this season but he could nail his spot by such performances.

Has he still got it?

The 25-year-old England international once looked set for much greater heights. His time has been limited by a lengthy spell on sidelines. Attempting to recover a place in Wenger’s starting XI and earn an extension to the contract that expires at the season’s end, but having recovered his fitness at the Borisov Arena in Belarus, he proved he still has much to offer. His passing repeatedly stretched BATE, whose defeat was secured by two finishes from Walcott, another from Rob Holding and Giroud’s penalty

The old Jack

Jack Wilshere was once compared to the likes of Iniesta and Xavi, he certainly has the potential to become a great player but whether he would be consistent or not remains a massive question. In an interview after the game, Wenger was quick to acknowledge his efforts, he said “He fights until the end. He’s on his way back to his best and showed that. He’s at an age where a player normally gets to the best of his career. He’s on the way up. He’s only been stopped by a series of injuries. Hopefully, I just pray, he is not hampered by any more problems and that will see him getting stronger and stronger. He’s shown again that he’s not lost his football“.

Author’s Take

Jack Wilshere is one of the finest talents England has ever produced but he has never really lived up to his expectations. After a season-long loan to Bournemouth, he is finally back at the Emirates for his final year. Would he revive his career back on track or is he heading out, that remains to be seen.

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