It was brilliant for us all to watch Arsenal take apart the French Ligue 1 runners up yesterday, continuing the free scoring pre-season preparations with six unanswered goals. But it might not have been quite so enjoyable for the England international midfielder Jack Wilshere.
The 23-year old was not even on the subs bench yesterday, with the boss going for the Welshman Aaron Ramsey alongside Francis Coquelin in the centre from the start and then replacing him with our Spanish magician Santi Cazorla after about an hour.
The fact that both of his main rivals for the coveted box-to-box role played well and scored may be good news for the club but it does not help Jack in his hopes of a regular starting role. The manager did say after the game, however, that Wilshere was just being rested and would play against Wolfsburg today but he is now under even more pressure to put in a brilliant performance.
The competition for places is fierce and that can only be good for the Gunners in general but I feel that Jack needs to be playing all the time for him to hit top form and if Ramsey and Cazorla continue to play as they did yesterday, how is the young Englishman going to get that sort of game time?