Wilshere This, Wilshere That – What to do With This Talented Starlet? by NikkoGunners
Most Arsenal fans nowadays read the team sheet looking for one name – Is Wilshere playing or is he not? Second question quickly is what does that mean for other talents in the Squad?
Clearly Wilshere is a massively talented young man and on his day he can change the match just like that. However, there are statistics that many Arsenal Fans have been looking at and they are as damning as can be if you look at this statement:
Just analyzing the past season’s record:
1) Our best wins like against Borussia Dortmund away, Liverpool at home, Napoli at home where we totally dominated the opponents came when Wilshere was not playing. We even drew with Bayern at their home ground when he didn’t play.
2) Our worst defeats like Borussia Dortmund at home, Liverpool away, and Manchester City away came when he played. (I am not taking Chelsea defeat into consideration as we were one man down).
3) In final phase of last season, Arsenal won 9 out of 10 matches when he was injured and didn’t play.
Even now our best wins, i.e. against Villa and Galatasaray came when he didn’t play. We also lost 2-0 to Chelsea when he played! (Shankj )
When Wilshere is playing, ironically while he makes his name in some great displays, players like Ramsey and Ozil’s games seem to suffer significantly. The other thing is that Wilshere also has a manner of playing where he attempts to bulldoze past opponents forcibly and often times he will be left clutching his angle from an inevitable tackle. It is noted by fans that this kind of play gets Arsenal fluidity compromised.
Question is why does Arsene Wenger insist on fielding Wilshere despite these kinds of statistics against him? What does Wenger see that is so urgent that Wilshere must be made space for? Is it the usual Wenger knows best like he insisted with Ramsey until it finally paid off?
If you asked me, if Wenger wants him to get a run of games then he should be loaned out to some team in the EPL for a season and not used to cloud our performances just because he should be given chances when other players suffer and our game suffers. Arsenal now has an array of talent in the center that Wilshere can be well compensated for. If we risked allowing Carl Jenkinson to go on loan to West Ham, despite our thin defensive cover, letting a player in the middle of the park to leave should not be fearful, especially if it will do the player some good and the team some good too.
On loan, Wilshere should learn critical things like when not to try pushing past a blockade of opposition players, when to jump past tackles, when to shoot from a distance and the likes.
So let’s discuss our project Jack Wilshere. What would you have to say about him?