Is Wilshere guaranteed to be in Arsenal’s first XI?

Jack Wilshere is at the cusp of an interesting season. And he wants to hold crunch talks with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ahead of the new season. Wilshere wants to discuss where he stands in the pecking order before deciding on his plans.

Wilshere has missed more games than he played for the Gunners in the last season. In fact, most of the supporters are always frustrated with the fitness worries of their English midfielder. Ahead of the pre-season, he has set his sights on returning to peak fitness.

The talented midfielder was out of action for six months with an ankle injury. And when he returned, he was afforded very little time in the first-team. With Arsenal having already secured their top four position, he started just two matches. This meant that for Wilshere, the pre-season is an important set of matches to prove his worth.

Wilshere can see that the problem ahead of him is the plethora of midfield options for Wenger. In his absence, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin owned the central midfield roles. Even the influential Aaron Ramsey had to shift to the right wing on occasions last season. Add to this the option of a fully-fit Alex Oxlade Chamberlain. We are not even talking about the old warhorses Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta.

It is evident to Wilshere too. He realizes that Wenger will be hard pressed to replace Cazorla or Coquelin with Wilshere – especially after their stellar last season. Wenger, on the other hand, sees Wilshere more as an offensive midfielder. Even that position is not clear entry to the first XI because Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are sure to start as part of the front three.

That leaves a huge selection dilemma for both Wenger and Wilshere. If Wilshere has to be accommodated in the first XI, Wilshere will have to think of moving wide. There were unconfirmed reports that the manager could be seriously thinking of this option. In fact, that way, Wenger will have the best of his squad start every game.

However, it leaves a huge decision for Wilshere to make. With rumours of Manchester City circling the Emirates Stadium to check on his availability, it may prove a distraction. Wilshere would want to identify his position in the squad before taking a decision.

But, as Wenger pointed out, Wilshere needs to play continuously but to fit him in Wenger will have to displace one of lst seasons regular starters. With such an important season, everyone will have enough chances to impress the manager if we are to compete on four fronts. Also, Wenger needs cover everywhere so that he can mount a serious challenge on the Premier League title. It is in his own interest that Wilshere grabs the chance to play more; even if it is in wide positions. But can Wenger GUARANTEE a starting place for our Jack?


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  1. I think jack would find it hard to get in the starting lineup,he has to be at his best. But with all the injuries we are certain to have he will get his chance. Jack seems to be the best option we have to cover lecoq,I don’t rate flamini and arteta a single there are numerous positions jack can play this season. He will get his fair of chances

    1. funny how an excellent player in wilshere is not guaranteed first team play while that slow tall log, whats his name again??? is certain to start even after like 20 poor performance in a row…
      just shows how unbalanced our team is…we’ve never lacked that much in midfield over the years but the other positions have been total mess…someone must address these imbalance

  2. Wilshere isn’t guaranteed a start in d team but he will be getting many matches to perform. I believe that its better to play either of Ramsey Wilshere or Cazorla in dat DM position instead of Arteta and flamini in case le coq is injured. Wenger may come to that conclusion sooner rather than later and so Wilshere will be getting more game time.

  3. Title should have read, “Are Wilshere and RAMSEY guaranteed to be in Arsenal’s first XI?”

  4. This guy is a freaking p###y
    One hard tackle and he gets injured for months most times

    I wonder if his momma ever gave him chocolate milk or he has been drinking and smoking like he does now from a small age

  5. Papers are linking us with Aubameyang… I get the feeling this is the player Muzzi Ozcan was referring to in his periscope session when he talked about a player that some may consider overrated and others consider him underrated. Far from signing of the season, but I’m not quite sure whether he’d take us to the next level or not. I mean he’s good, but he’s not in the calibre of Aguero, Suarez, Ibra etc.

    1. Aubameyang is a very good finisher, he scores lots of goals.he’s fast and has lots of technique. Great player to have, he can play instead of Sanchez if he’s out and he can play as a lone striker. Overall if and I mean if we have a chance to sign him we should!d not hesitate. He would be a great buy at 30 mil. He’s actually the closest we could get to a new Henry. I hope we sign him cuz with signing him we are getting a winger and striker

      1. Can you stop spewing sh*t that you read from the papers. I mean seriously closest thing to Henry? HA have you ever seen Pierre play? He scored 16 goals in 31 appearances last season which is his BEST goal scoring season but he’s the beast that you and everyone is saying he is right?

  6. If we lose the community shield with such a strong team
    I will be wenger out once again

    Thank you gn to all dont watch too much porn ok guys
    See you tomorrow

  7. So if you are the manager you would play jack in the tall log’s position? Thank God you are not our manager.

  8. No player is guaranteed
    to start every one of our
    50+ game season.
    Any one can get injured or need rest.
    I think our squad is ready now.
    Compared to last summer we have
    6 more strikers Giroud who was injured 3 months
    Walcott and Chamberlain (injured) Wellbeck
    Sanchez with Akpom also in the squad.
    For me a 2nd quality DM is more urgently required.
    However I am happy if Arsene keeps the squad
    we have and makes any modifications needed in January.

  9. No Wilshere is not a guaranteed started in the squad.its all about hardwork which will lead him to developing his full potential.he also should try to stay injury free.he would come god.Jack wilshere used to be so good at 19 years you could start him over Ozil or Cazorla and there would be very little complaint.He was almost undroppable.He danced around players had immense vision he had energy and he had talent.but if he was once able to do it then he can do it.Its funny how people use stats to say we win very little when he is on the pitch.then when he comes out and performs then they hide.Jack Wilshere will be a legendary player for sure.He needs to work hard.

  10. I think when you look at a fully fit squad you can see the 10 players who fill the “front 6” positions and 4 of the bench. In no particular order coquelin cazorla Ramsey wilshire chamberlain ozil alexis Walcott welbeck giroud.

    Arteta rosicky flamini campbell Wellington akpom gnabry zelalem and bielik might have something to say about that statement, but I would that second group is clearly that second, at least at the moment and barring injury.

    The defence clearly has 8 players fighting for the 4 starting slots and 2 on the bench.

    Whilst cech is undoubtedly our no.1 it remains to be seen if wenger can keep 3 keepers happy with only an understudy tax to fight for.

    Personally I would make cech the oldest player at the club by selling rosicky, arteta and flamini and signing 3 more players CF, DM and CB. That would leave our 25 looking like this (u21s in brackets)

    Cech, ospina, Szczesney, Martinez

    Koscielny mertesacker Gabriel, new cb, (chambers hayden)

    Debuchy (bellerin) gibbs Monreal

    Coquelin, new dm, cazorla Ramsey wilshire ozil (zelalem bielik toral crowley)

    Walcott alexis chamberlain Welbeck Wellington campbell (iwobi gnabry willock)

    New CF, giroud (akpom)

    That for me is a great 36 man squad, may be a little excessive in terms of numbers, but it has weeded out the weakest player in the squad, 2 of the eldest and most injury prone prone, whilst leaving in some raw pretty much unseen talent that could fight on all 4 fronts.

    Whether rosicky arteta and flamini should be retained at the expense of one of the keepers, campbell and Wellington and also whether quite that many u21s are needed is up for debate?

    But if we are to win either of the big two prizes those 3 key signings are paramount to improve the quality of the squad.

    So who do you bring in? Well for CF there is lewandowski, benzema, lacazette, ibrohimivc, cavani, augbemyang all are better finishers than giroud.
    Cm – the options are running low but either of the benders, carvalho (I know he is injured) illarimendi, gundoghan, krychowiak, wanyama for me are all improvements on arteta, or flamini.
    Cb – is a little harder, but subotic, manolas, hummels, papastophoulous, Laporte are just some that I would see as an improvement to the squad.

    Don’t get me wrong I really rate chambers and hayden, but would love to see them strike up a pairing for the future somewhere on loan together if possible, if not mould one of the two into dm for the future.

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