I fear that opposition players will start to target Jack Wilshere, niggling him with small fouls and winding up because they think he might retaliate. Wilshere can have a devastating effect for Arsenal, but he is no use if he gets sent off, leaving us with 10 men, as happened at Old Trafford when we were finally showing signs of getting in to the game.
Wilshere has been compared to another of England’s great players, Paul Gascoigne, and does seem to have the same capacity to get booked at the minute. He was only on the pitch for less than half an hour for England last night, but he picked up a yellow card. There has always been a debate about players like Wilshere, Rooney and Gascoigne whether they should try to calm down, or whether they would lose an edge from their game if they did so.
Maybe Jack has been away for so long he is overflowing with enthusiasm. In his breakthrough season with the Gunners in 2010/2011, Wilshere made 35 league appearances. His disciplinary record was not great, picking up seven yellow cards and one red. Wilshere was obviously unhappy with his treatment by the referee last night. He was clattered a few times and thought that Ibrahimovich should have got a yellow, but he cannot take the law into his own hands.
We badly need his talent, drive and attitude at the moment, but maybe should have a quiet word with him and point out that players will target him because he is so good. He needs to take a leaf out of the book of Lionel Messi. When he is fouled, get up, smile and punish them with football skills. What do you think, Gooners? Am I worrying unnecessarily?