Arsenal stars set Wilshere a HUGE challenge

One of the best and most encouraging things about the season just gone for Arsenal, after a pretty shoddy start to proceedings, was the strength in depth on offer to Arsene Wenger with his team selection. There is now very strong competition for most of the places in the starting line up, whereas before it seemed to be only in the creative midfield areas where the Gunners looked strong.

That area is still very strong though, and that is what I mean by the title of this article. The boss has even kept hold of the Czech Republic international Tomas Rosicky, even though the likes of Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil have lkargely kept the 33-year old out of the side.

Having just watched the replay of the Wales v Belgium Euro qualifier, I canot help but fear for our England international Jack Wilshere and his place in the Arsenal team, because Aaron Ramsey was excellent once again. He may not be quite so thriling as Jack at his dribbling best, but Ramsey has made himself indispensable for club and country, even without the regular goals and chances he now provides.

So with Cazorla now fighting for the box-to-box role as well as Rambo and with boith of those and Theo Walcott options on the right, Wilshere not only needs to stay fit, he needs to up his game to have a chance of playing for Arsenal. Can he do it Gooners?

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  1. Jack needs to up his game. He defenitly has the potential to be a starter. He will come good this season. He has a great touch and lots of tricks and a great pass on him. He will only improve in the near future. I hope we see the best of jack this season

  2. What a fantastic problem to have trying to fit the likes of wilshire chamberlain and Rosicky into the team , we really do have great depth in our team now to the last few players required to win the league . For me it’s Cech schneiderlein and lacazette

  3. Anyone watching the Germany – Gibraltar game? I can’t watch it and I’m wondering how podolski is playing. I don’t really need anyone to tell me how Ozil is playing as he has 4 assists! Hopefully he takes this form into the community shield and the whole of he next season


  4. Jack will no doubt come good future wise, but needs to focus more on his game although he showed some improvement in his last few games before the season ended, he is a work in progress and here’s hoping he can only go from strength to strength in the new season for the arsenal cause! Coyg!

  5. I read an article saying that Jack will quit smoking if we don’t sell him, he wants to stay and wants to be part of us.
    The next 12 months I do not think will be as important as the media is making out, he knows he has to fight to get into the team and that he has to be careful about his fitness.

    Wilshere is left footed, yes he has played the right side but he has also played the left side previously, Alexis will need rests from time to time… Even though I am sure Alexis would deny that himself 😉

    So Wilshere can cover the B2B and both wide roles, we can look to develop his game on those wide sides where we will expect them to get back and help defend while being a main threat in attack. We can bring him on while winning for the last 20-30 mins to help hold a lead and make him aware that we need to defend well, the tackling he’ll need to do from out wide isn’t generally as tough as in the middle so we can develop him futher over time taking his health into consideration.

    I would like to see a player come in who can do the job of a Right sided AM consistantly, Ox can step up as well as Gnabry but neither one can be expected as both have had injurie issues recently. Wilshere is just like them, can’t rely fully on him due to injury issues and they’ll all take time to build up. Maybe Welbz can step up and take that spot for a couple years before being moved into a CF role?

  6. Giroud proves again why we need a new striker who will make him 2nd choice,he was awful against Albania 2 shots,9 passes and he had less touches on the ball than Hugo Lloris!

    1. france are trash in general. 80mill Pogba played and also sucked. Though I agree we still need a new striker

      1. No his 3seasons at Arsenal have shown clearly he’s not good enough to lead us to the title,in his whole career he’s only had 1 season of 21 goals for Montpellier when they won the league we need more than that because Chelsea,Man City and Man U will get stronger with new players!

        1. He is good enough to lead us to top 4 and FA Cup. LoL. Although come to think of it Giroud didn’t start a lot of FA cup matches this season

          He would make a really good sub or 2nd CF
          I wish we had someone like Cavani, Higuain for PL and Champions League and Giroud for FA Cup and League Cup.

  7. Nearly all of us understand that the football transfer rumor mill is 99.9% pure nonsense.

    And yet every transfer season half of us react to the transfer stories as if we are 99.9% certain they are true.

    Passion is a powerful force.

  8. How does France (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Jallet (Sagna 72), Varane, Sakho, Evra; Gonalons (Valbuena 59), Kondogbia; Lacazette, Payet (Pogba 45), Griezmann (Ntep 59); Giroud (Fekir 45) lose to Albania?

    4 transfer rumour players for Arsenal (, lacazette, Kondogbia, Greizmann, Fekir) played too.

    Maybe we should rethink French players lol?

    I’m happy Koscielny didn’t play. If he is injured it would be a catastrophe for us.

  9. Time wenger ends his love affair with slow coach donkey Giroud…an embarrassment once again at international level! Two last trophies were won without the heehaw in the starting line…king Henry summation on the player is spot on!

    1. Henry was right to an extent though. On his day, he can score some brilliant goals but we cannot depend on him for a whole campaign. Giroud is not an exceptionally striker or technically gifted footballer. In fact his style of play doesn’t suit Arsenal when on counter attacking mode. Arsenal’s style needs a runner / mobile striker but Giroud is as slow as a snail. He may be good as a backup but not as our main striker.

  10. I’m afraid if we get Cech, he will be the main signing of the summer in addition to a couple of youngsters and maybe a loan player that is aged and maybe nobody has heard of.

    But I’m still keeping my hopes up that Wenger will pull a rabbit or 2 out of his hat. Maybe Cavani and Vidal or Lacazette and Gundogan or Higuain and Krychowiak or Suarez and Pogba (just kidding).

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