There has been a lot of talk about the situation with Arsenal and our England international star Jack Wilshere this season. Actually it has been going on for longer than a year and the pressure has been growing on the player that burst so spectacularly onto the scene as a teenager a few years ago.
Once again though, Wilshere has not really had a fair chance to show what he can do when fully fit, this time thanks to a bad challenge by Man United´s Paddy McNair. But for those of us with memories a little better than the average goldfish, it has been probably just as hard as for the player himself as we know just how good Jack can be.
There has been talk of Arsenal getting rid of the talented but troubled midfielder this summer, but only Arsene Wenger knows how likely that is to happen. Wilshere certainly seems desperate to remain a Gunner though, and not just because he is a fan but because he firmly believes that good times, glory and lots of trophies are just around the corner, as a report by The Mirror shows.
Jack, like the rest of us, has been very impressed with Wenger´s tactics and the team´s performances which have seen Arsenal shrug off those questions about us in big games, and he feels that this is a major step to us getting back where we belong.
The England star said, “This year we’ve started to analyse the teams a little bit more.
“We’re going there with a plan and as a team we know what we’re doing, which is important.
“Look at the last few years and we’ve had a few injuries going there and people playing out of positions, but this year we’ve looked a real unit going to tough places and a real team.
“We want to be difficult to beat when we haven’t got the ball because we know what we can do when we do have the ball, but when we don’t we want to be difficult to beat. We’re starting to do that.
“That came at the start of the year. I remember in past years going to Manchester and we’ve dominated the game but we’ve never seemed to win. Even when we played Manchester City at home we went 1-0 down and thought, ‘we know we can win this’. We probably should’ve won it.
“There’s this confidence or belief that we can do it and that’s something different this season.”
So if the boss is considering the sale of Wilshere this summer, it looks like he will have a big job persuading the 22-year old to go. And is that not what we want from our players?