Jack Wilshere featured for Arsenal’s Under-21 side tonight against West Bromwich Albion, and gave his coaches a fright before being allowed to see the match out.
The England international was making his third appearance since recovering from a leg injury which has prevented him from playing a second of Premier League football this season.
Wilshere is believed to be closing on a return to the first-team and today’s match was expected to be his last for the Under-21 side before being recalled to the senior playing squad for the weekend.
That hope looked to have disappeared in the first-half of tonight’s match however, as the 24 year-old fell awkwardly on his right-leg, and the watching crowd could only hold their breath as Wilshere stayed down for some time clutching his lower leg.
The midfielder did recover to feature in the second half however, and capped the performance off with a neatly taken goal, controlling the ball in the box before tucking the ball over the keeper and into the net.
The goal failed to stop his side from losing on the night, but Wilshere will surely be happy just to have made it through the game.
We are going to have many a moment like this one I fear, with the North-London lad seemingly unlucky when it comes to remaining fit and injury-free. Jack will have five possible league outings to get through before the end of the season, and is said to need to prove his fitness to Roy Hodgson to cement his place on the plane.
Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson and Danny Drinkwater are all vying for the same position, and you could argue that each of them deserve a place in the squad, but Hodgson seemingly favours what our lad can offer.
Will Jack make it on the plane? Will he even make it to the end of the season unscathed?
Buy higuain,cavani or lukaku and a worldclass CB and we will have 50 percent chance of competing next season. The whole football world know that walcott,giroud,welbeck and gabriel are bang average except wenger.
We need to buy a young and talented CB for years to come Like Laporte or Sule but i’m sure big clubs already have their eyes on them. As for striker, Cavani could be our most realistic buy but he will probably stay since Ibra is leaving and he will try to cement himself as the No1 striker. I fear Lukaku and Higuain will go for 50M+but Lukaku would be a great buy. Walcott needs to go but we should keep Welbeck and Giroud as back ups. We all know too well that the injury fairy has a special home at AFC.
We also need a DM with Flamini and Arteta leaving
RB with Debuchy leaving
Maybe LB if Gibbs leaves
I would get a Top CF and a Top winger with Walcott, Giroud and Ox being very ordinary
Wilshere just needs to learn to release the ball sooner in order to keep his glass ankles fit.
OT: What happened to Campbell? His disappearance is worrying.. If Wenger plans on selling him and keeping Walcott i will lose my Sh@t.
campbell does have the work-rate but i would prefer walcott on any day.. he is capable to be extremely productive goal and assist-wise but is extremely useless right now.. but even so he is more productive than campbell, campbell is great but isnt the answer too i fear :/
kane is out ere trying to win spuds the league while Arsenal are busy celebrating mr gLass’ goal in the Un21s……
I had a nightmare of Spuds winning the PL and part of the Open Bus Top Parade route went by the Emirates
u should sleep fitfully……..knowing if that happens, it will be a wake-up call which will bring us the change we so desire at this Club (Arsenal)
We need a new coach first then new players!
its always the same with wenger……..Remedy a situation and cause havoc in some other areas
he may decide to buy a worldclass striker next summer, then ignore a tattered defence or midfield
He never gets everything right……only one at a time…..and it takes him ages to get one right
by the time he fixes one up, another is broken
Can’t wait to see his back….