The prodigal son Jack Wilshere has finally made his return, playing two full games for the first time in ages for Arsenal, but can he make his return to the Premier League?
How good was it to watch Jack Wilshere play again? Whether in the Europa league or even the League Cup, the Englishman’s return has been good to see. While he did play well during his loan spell with Bournemouth before a broken leg sidelined him, it’s watching him play in the Arsenal colors that reignites an excitement for his future.
It was against BATE Borisov and Doncaster that Wilshere showed his mettle, playing and running both games brilliantly. It’s performances like those that show the sheer quality that the 25-year-old has in his injury-riddled body.
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He hasn’t had the best of times since his debut, showing only glimpses of what he could do to teams thanks to multiple injuries, positional uncertainty and other factors. But watching him play again on Thursday against Borisov made my heart flip, especially as he played through Theo Walcott multiple times, even getting an assist in the process.
But for me, the piece de resistance wasn’t the assist to Walcott, it was a simple cutback pass that sliced Borisov apart, sending Ainsley Maitland-Niles free down the left-flank. It was a pass that normally would have been played by Mesut Ozil, Arsenal’s German magician and contract rebel. However, it was how well Wilshere filled his shoes against opposition who stood no chance against a rampant Gunners.
The Englishman has only played three games for the senior side but yet has somehow made himself known. The question remains, as it always has, can he be consistent, robust, reliable, performing, as the old saying goes, on a rainy day in Stoke?
With Arsenal playing Brighton on Sunday, this could be the perfect time to test that hypothesis. The Seagulls haven’t had the best time in the Premier League so far, winning just two games and losing three out of their six matches.
An added bonus would be playing at the Emirates, with nothing but cheering fans who want nothing more than for Wilshere to do well. But me saying all this means nothing if Wenger has another game plan for Sunday. Nevertheless, if Wilshere does play, expect nothing but the best from him. It is
Nevertheless, if Wilshere does play, expect nothing but the best from him. It is chance to shine and he will take it.