Arsenal boss set to return Wilshere to first-team role?

Arsene Wenger has claimed that he wants Jack Wilshere to play ‘regularly’ over the coming weeks for Arsenal, having impressed in his rare appearances this term, and with him growing in strength.

The midfielder recently claimed he felt that he was at his strongest in a long-time, having suffered with numerous injury setbacks in previous seasons.

Wilshere is now 26 years-old, and has been at the club since he was only nine, but with only one year remaining on his current deal, could be set to part ways at the end of the season.

Jack is believed to be playing for his future, with him needing to prove his fitness in order to show his worth to the team, and Wenger is hopeful that the club and the player both get what they want from each other this season.

Wenger said: “Jack Wilshere struggled historically with repeated injuries and no one could question his talent, nobody would question his exceptional ability to beat people with the ball.

“But in this job you need to have health. The requests and demands of the competition, physically, are so high and you can only be at your best if you can play at least 10 games on the trot. That’s what’s at stake for Jack Wilshere.

“He needs to keep his health and be capable of competing. If he can play from now until December at the top level, he will be back. If he has other set-backs then it will be more difficult.

“It’s a vital season because he’s nearing the end of his contract, it’s a World Cup year and he has been an Arsenal player since he was a kid, so all that’s at stake for him and for us as well because you’d love a player like him of that quality to come back.

“In fact he had a very good game in BATE Borisov, especially a brilliant first half where he was back to his best, so he’s not far away now. Let’s hope in the next two or three weeks he can play regularly in the first team.”

I’m not 100% sure whose position in the starting line-up will be at risk to Wilshere once he proves his fitness, having played in CM and attacking roles previously, while his most recent outing came in the advanced role behind the striker.

Will a fit Wilshere stamp his mark down in the starting line-up? Can he really go the full season unscathed? Does his injury record mean he doesn’t deserve a new deal?

Pat J

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  1. Gundam says:

    Yes because memba that time he dominated Xavi and Iniesta. He is like worth 50 Ozils. His one performance is greater than Maradonas goal of the century. How are we so blessed.

    1. Arsenal_Girl says:

      50 Ozils??? For crying out loud. That’s so silly
      Exaggeration and disrespectful too
      He wouldn’t have been a first team player in Germany’s World Cup squad if he was that bad

      I agree completely that Ozil is not performing his best and is lazy, but he is still an Arsenal player and we should support them and hope they improve, not insult them or with ridiculous statements

      1. Gundam says:

        how Did you get upvotes. People are really slow on the forum.

    2. citrenoogeht says:

      Yes because memba that time when he finished off one of the goals of the season at the Emirates with each player taking just one touch? Memba that time when we one the FA cup and he sang a tribute to Tottenham supporters? He is truly a legend.

  2. Simon says:

    On his best day he’s like Xaka, Elneny and Coq all rolled into one player

    I pray he gets back to his very best, for Jack sake, and Arsenal’s

  3. Who said Arsene can't do grime? says:

    A huge upgrade on Ozil. All the flare and creativity of Ozil but Ge can also score goals and track back.

    There was so much doom and gloom over Ozil and Sanchez’s contract situations but now with the return of Wilshere to full fitness and the rise of Nelson I doubt many people will even notice Ozila dnSanxhez have gone at the beginning of next season.

  4. Midkemma says:

    I think it is about time Xhaka got dropped, he has been making some silly passing errors and he needs to know that he isn’t a guaranteed starter no matter his form.

    Put Wilshere in and let him play most the game, we can bring him off after 70 mins and let Xhaka get a bit of game time and he may be a bit more focused after losing his starting spot. Xhaka on form is a great CM, we need to push him so he keeps that form, this is where Wilshere could thrive.

    We do not have to play Wilshere in 40+ games a season and never sub him, work him into another injury…

  5. Sue says:

    I’d like to see Wilshere back in the team. Not the whole 90 minutes every match though as unfortunately he’s so injury prone

  6. nuel says:

    I believe in midfield trio of wilshere, ramsey & carzola. In this case i will like to see fully fit wilshere start along side ramsey. With ozil / iwobi @ creative midfield. Xhaka should rest first.

  7. The barrel says:

    Jack can protect his ball more than Ramsey and Ozil. He doesn’t fall easily like Ozil and Giroud. He just have to manage his life off the field and pass his balls more quicker. He’s got talent, he can go far

  8. The barrel says:

    I would like to see the midfield occupied by Elnerny, Wilshere, and Carzola. Elnerny playing deep, Wilshere connecting defence and attack, whilst Carzola is playing behind a striker.
    In attack we need pace and precision, meaning Welbeck, Lacazette, and Walcott. Trust me, this team will scare any defender

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