Posted on October 08, 2014 by ADMIN

Is Wilshere really back to his best for Arsenal?

Before he had even turned up for pre-season training with Arsenal this summer, Jack Wilshere was under pressure. From the media mainly, who seemed to want to lay a lot of the blame for another woeful display in a tournament from the England side at his feet, despite him hardly featuring for Roy Hodgson’s team in Brazil. Then we had the smoking pictures and everyone wanted a pop at our young midfielder.

But fair play to Jack, he took it on the chin and accepted that he needed to prove himself all over again. He did claim that all of his injury problems had not helped but he knew the only way to prove his critics wrong was to perform well on a regular basis for Arsenal and that he needed to get fit and stay fit in order to do that. He has certainly done that to some extent.

Wilshere himself, in an Arsenal.com report, has explained that it needs him a good few games to get up to speed and that he does feel that we are now starting to see the best of him again.

Jack said, “I feel good and I’m always looking to improve, no matter what. For a player of my age, I’ve missed a lot of football so I’m just trying to play as much as I can, train as much as I can and I’ve always said that when I get fully fit you’ll see the best of me.

“I said at the start of the season that it was going to take some time to get back to my best. Ever since my first injury, it’s always taken a run of games – probably between five and 10 – to get back to my best.

“Some players are different, some players come back and are at their best straight away. But some need a run of games and I’m one of those players.”

Wilshere is definitely on the comeback trail and we are seeing much better performances from him, but I still don’t think we are seeing the best of him. That will take a bit more time, but he does look like he will continue to score goals like he did last season, with the five he got in all competitions matching the whole of his previous career.

His stats show that his shots per game and shooting accuracy are better than ever, probably because of the confidence that last season’s goals gave him. But he still loses the ball a bit too often and does not blast past players with the ease he did as a teenager. But that will come as his confidence, match sharpness and all-round game continues to grow.

Do you think there is more to come from Wilshere?

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18 thoughts on “Is Wilshere really back to his best for Arsenal?

  1. Greg

    To me jack isn’t really 100% back to his best, but there are signs that he is getting there! I support him on a quick return to his best form and to produce it on the pitch for arsenal, scoring as many goals as possible from midfield in the process! Coyg! Also he needs to take his chances and shoot more from outside the box!

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    1. ArnSam

      WILSHERE HAS NEVER BEEN THE ONE I USED TO PRAISE AS A TEENAGER, HE LOOSES THE BALL WAY TOO MUCH AFTER HOLDING ON TO IT YET THERE ALWAYS PLENTY OF OPTIONS TO PASS IT TO..I LIKED THE WAY HE PLAYED IN THE BUILD UP TO THE GOAL AGAINST man city ONE TOUCH MOVE AHEAD RECEIVE IT AGAIN ONE MORE PASS N’ YO LEFT WITH THE GOAL KEEPER.
      I THINK BASING ON CURRENT FORM HE’S MORE OF A BENCH PLAYER CURRENTLY BECAUSE WE PERFORM BETTER IN HIS ABSENCE(ASTON VILLA/GALATASARAY)

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  2. Mesut O-thrilled

    my only issue with Jack is that if he starts, Wenger will most likely put Ozil on the flanks.

    besides that Jack is working hard and being aggressive. still tends to los the ball, but he has stepped up this season which is what we expected him to do. and i love those sick outside of the foot passes he does.

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  3. SUNNY13

    Even if he is back to his best, he or Ramsey can not express themselves. Either of Jack or Ramsey should play in deep lying midfiled like Cesc is playing for Chelsea and Ozil as no 10. But they can not express their authority until supported by a solid DM. Flammini can not give that support.
    I would go for Morgan Schneiderlin. He is now matching the very best in the world in that position and also scored 3 goals. Khadera is injury prone and overrated. He has not manged more than 20 games in less physical league which should be definately taken into considerration.
    Morgan would be costly though and we all know how much talent Southamton players have. Southampton may sell him in January if right price is offerd..20 mill.
    Khadera would be a good addition but he is suffering from big injury .
    Morgan is a better oprtion

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    1. Dee@ease

      100% agree Ramsey must play ahead of Wilshere because he does more for the team,he assists more,scores more,gives the team more drive going forward and we also win more games with Ramsey but with Wilshere we draw or lose games with his indecisive play

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  4. Dee@ease

    He’s still not good for the team dynamic though Ramsey and Ozil suffer because of Wilshere,we all know last season when we were winning games it was with Wilshere on the bench and Ramsey scored lots of goals driving the team forward!

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  5. Hafiz Rahman

    lets play them all together then…..

    Carzola, Ramsay, Walcott, Wishere, OX, Sanchez, Welbeck etc…..

    some can play defenders or gk…..

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  6. davidnz

    The whole team is playing well.
    but even at our best City
    and Chelsea are beyond us.
    To go to the next level we need
    two top class DM’s. A classier CB
    to replace Mertz is also needed in
    the very big games. 3rd is the best
    we can achieve with out quality at DM.
    Now with Man U mounting a revival
    we may end up fighting Liverpool
    for 4th.

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    1. Hafiz Rahman

      on top of 2 world class DM, a classier CB…

      we need a 2 world class finisher to rotate….

      a proper LW….

      a world class experience GK

      a quality 3rd choice backup CB

      and 1 quality backup each fo LB and RB

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    2. vijaygunner

      Against city we got complacent,against chelsea we were good but chelsea were simply miles better. Even a layman like you and me can see arsenal’s need for a DMF and another CB why doesn’t wenger see it?! I wouldn’t worry about utd they’ve dropped points already and they haven’t even faced any of the top 4 yet…

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  7. Mk2013

    It’s not about Wilshere coming back to his best but it’s about Arsenal winning games and doing well against top opposition.If Wilshere is given the position of playmaker and the team is not winning them his best is not good enough.Running with the ball, making a few dribbles and loosing the ball, bumping into defenders and attracting tackles doesn’t help the Arsenal cause. He can earn praise from his fans who are more concerned about him playing rather than the whole Arsenal team doing well.Its only Wenger who can afford to drop precious points while trying to bring a player back to his best .The whole of last season was about about Wilshere coming back to his best but it never materialised.He must go on loan and come back when he is improves his game.

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  8. realgooner

    He is not fast, physically and technically strong enough to have a spot on the starting team. He can easily lose the ball in the mid-field to allow opposing team having fast break opportunity. Let’s trade him and at least get some money to find a really solid and strong midfielders. I know this is a wishful thinking until Wenger is gone.

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  9. LoCkAy

    It does not matter, back to his best or not.
    The fact is Wilshere has not played badly recently, but even when he plays well, the all flow of the team is disturbed.
    The simple fact (another one) is that even at his best, he is not better than Cazorla or Ozil.
    He has not the same fluency, too many touches (like Cazorla, but the Spaniard is miles more skilled) and too many miss passes/losses of the ball.

    As a matter of fact, for the people who like those statistics (like Wenger…Sad!!), we won more games (82%) and play better (79% possessions and chances completion) when Wilshere was on the bench (or injured).

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  10. galaxygooner

    The ability to hold on to the ball without moving an inch is what set the greatest midfielders apart from their pairs.
    WIlshere has that local home boy thing going for him.
    Do you honestly think that a manager from the continent would have the same patience and belief in wilshere’s abilities.
    I very much doubt this.
    our best midfielders based on ball retention and the ability to mesmerise and cause confusion is cazorla.
    Wilshere is so predictable that once he start his one – two runs , the defender simply makes himself big in his path,and wait for him to lose the ball.
    That position is about getting the ball moving as quickly as possible.
    Pass ,change position , recieve , pass, change again , recieve, through ball, break play , pass , through ball , recieve

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