After the latest on pitch disappointment from Arsenal, which saw the Gunners fail to break down an obdurate Sunderland side and head back to north London with just a point, Arsene Wenger admitted that he was worried that the Gunners could fail to finish in the top four and make it into the Champions League.
But as well as the problems and pressure that have come from our latest match, there was a big positive for Arsenal in the shape of Jack Wilshere, as the England international star came on to kick his first ball in anger since before the start of the current season.
As well as wanting as many minutes as possible on the pitch to prove his fitness and form to Roy Hodgson ahead of Euro 2016, Wilshere was reported in The Mirror saying that he is desperate to help the Gunners secure that top four finish that has been ridiculed in the past but which every club in the Premier League sees as a huge prize.
He said, “I’ve got another week’s training, I feel fitter, sharper and we will go again next weekend. Now it’s interesting, we still feel we have the quality (to reach top four).
“We’ve got Norwich at home, a game we feel we can win then it will come down to the game after that with Man City away which is going to be massive, we know that we will have to be ready when that comes.
“I said to the boss after my third game for the under-21s that I felt good, I spoke with the boss, said I was ready, he agreed and he put me in to come to Sunderland.
“The boss is not one just to put you in. He has to feel you are ready. It was great to be back on the pitch again.
“For me personally, it was massive to be back in the first team again. You can play, you can train, be involved with the under-21s but out on the pitch is where it matters most.”
I personally feel that Jack could have a big say for Arsenal over the next three games, just as he did when coming back from injury at the end of last season, but do you think Wenger will put his faith in the 24-year old from the start next week? Or do you think the boss will stick with the same side that struggled in Sunderland?