Jack Wilshere has already surprised people with his performances for Arsenal since returning from his long and horrendous injury problems, but Jack promises that there is much more to come, and it will not be long before we see it.
Arsene Wenger has been ultra cautious with our midfield star, physically and mentally, but it seems to have worked so far. Wilshere himself is surprised at how well he is slotting back into life in the Arsenal first team, and he feels that his top form is just around the corner. His attitude and application have been extraordinary after such a long time out, but he knows that he is still lacking that initial burst of speed that takes him past opposition players and makes him so dangerous. Wenger has been working him in the gym specially to get what the Frenchman calls his `burst` back.
“I know exactly what he means by that-It means just literally the first five yards. That was one of the strengths of my game, the first five yards, to beat a player. He says it’s slowly coming back, so hopefully it will come back soon.
“Now I’m feeling better and better as every game goes on, and there’s no hiding place when you’re playing at the Emirates, Old Trafford and you’re in front of everyone. You have to be at a certain standard so you don’t let your team mates and your fans down.
“But I feel good now and, hopefully, with a few more games, I can get back to my best.
“I think the boss did it quite cleverly, because if he had told me the day before, I’d have been a bit anxious and not slept as well.”
Wilshere is likely to play some part in the England friendly against Sweden tomorrow, but Hodgson has promised not to start him, apparently. It will be good for Jack’s confidence playing an international game again. As long as he does not play too long, it will also help him to get back to his peak, and Tottenham could feel the force on Saturday.
Jack is a true Gunner, and will be determined to get one over on the old enemy. If the other Arsenal players follow his lead, they won’t be going far wrong. Just don’t get sent off, Jack.