Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal contract may be up at the end of the season, and he has made it clear that he needs to be playing in the first team or he will be looking elsewhere in the summer, if not January.
But Our Jack has had some excellent games for the U23s and he was extremely impressive in last night’s massacre of BATE, and I think that Wenger has taken notice of his very fine performances. Le Prof said after the game: “You will see more of him because he had a little fracture [before] the start of the season, but now I would not even say he is coming back – he is back,” the manager said.
“The next step is for him to be competitive in the Premier League and to fight for his place in the team. He will get games, he will get the opportunity to show that Jack Wilshere is back.
“I would say this is the most mature Wilshere I have seen, in the game and outside the game. He is not excessive, he has taken a distance from the pressure that was always around him.
“He is a special talent and since he was 17 all the attention in the country was on him. He has gone through huge disappointments, but now he is a father and a happy father.
“You can see he thinks with a different perspective and I personally feel this is the most mature, balanced Wilshere I have seen.”
This sounds like Wenger is very very keen for Jack to sign a new contract, but the fact is that if he doesn’t start playing him regularly in the Premier League Wilshere he will be looking elsewhere for first team football. Surely if Wenger loves Jack this much he really needs to play him more often?