I know that some Arsenal fans were furious with Jack Wilshere for the angry reaction to a challenge by a Man City under 23 player that got him sent off in a reserve game this week, but I for one was not too bothered and can understand why the England international star lost his temper and according to The Mirror I am not alone, because Arsene Wenger has had talks with the player this week and has apparently changed his mind about Wilshere leaving Arsenal this summer.
The boss was thought to be ready to give up on the injury ravaged midfielder making it as an Arsenal player and so when Jack failed to control himself on Monday night at the Emirates many thought it had sealed his fate, but the report claims that the sending off has not had influened Wenger, who has decided to give the 25-year old another chance with the Gunners.
As Wenger said…”At my stage and with my experience in football, I can understand a lot – especially what happened to him,”
“Ideally he wouldn’t have responded at all but when you have gone through what he has gone through, with bad tackles, it was a human reaction.
“At the moment he is working very hard to come back after his fracture so another setback would be terrible and it was a bad tackle.
“You know how much I love Jack and his talent,” he added. “I started him at the age of 17 but today in the football world you need to be a consistent presence.
“What is at stake for Jack is not his quality, his talent or his determination, it is whether he is a consistent presence at the top. I hope he can manage to do that and after nobody questions his quality.”
In fact I think that the incident, and his subsequent reaction to it, may actually have worked in Wilshere’s favour, as it shows that the player has some real passion and that was something that a lot of his team mates have been lacking.
Wilshere wrote on social media: “Felt good to be back on the pitch at the Emirates even though it ended earlier than I thought. My passion and my hunger is back, buzzing for more games.”
The fact that Jack also played very well for the hour or so he was on the pitch and reminded his manager just what a talent he can be cannot have hurt either, so do you think we will be seeing a lot more of Wilshere in the Arsenal first team this season?