I must admit to being a bit fed up this week to hear that the Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere had been left out of the latest squad named by Gareth Southgate for the upcoming international break, and that is because I think the three lions are crying out for some of the creative spark that Jack can bring as well as down to club loyalty and all that.
I am almost certainly biased though and it is easy to forget that not everyone keeps tabs on Jack in the same way that I and most other Gooners do. He certainly did not put in a performance against Red Star Belgrade that made Southgate’s decision look daft.
I am not saying he was poor, because at times he was still a cut above the rest on the pitch and was only denied a winner by an amazing clearance, but it was a bit patchy and as John Hartson said in commentary, he is just not quite ready.
It may not be long but for now I think Wenger knows what he is doing and so the player and the fans need to be more patient. I still think that England having qualified gave Southgate the freedom to bring back in and give him a chance, but what do I know?