Did Wilshere just book an EPL starting spot with Arsenal?

When Arsenal next run out onto the pitch it will be at the Emirates on Tuesday night, when the Premier League has a rare midweek slot with no domestic cup action and no Europa League and Champions League games to be played. It could also mark a rare Premier League start for Jack Wilshere, who has not started a league game for the Gunners in about a year-and-a-half, but do you think he did enough to get back in the starting line-up to face Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night?

Wilshere did not have all that long against Burnley at Turf Moor and irt was not his contribution that earned Arsenal all three points, at least not directly. I would argue, however, that Jack did give the Gunners a lot more thrust and attacking impetus. Alex Iwobi was largely ineffective and although the young Nigeria international is a class act I am sure that Wilshere will feel he imp[roved the team after coming on.

All this may be immaterial if Mesut Ozil recovers from the illness that caused him to miss today’s game (if it was an illness and not some off field problems we are not being told about) but if the German is not in the side in midweek then Wilshere is sure to be one of those in the frame to replace him.

In a game where Arsenal will expect to dominate the ball but have a tough defence to break down the vision and ability of the English midfielder could be crucial but he does not have the pace of Iwobi and as I say he has not started an EPL game for Arsenal since the last game of the 2015-16 season, so would you put him in?



  1. jw1 says:

    Iwobi’s pace is irrelevant– as he doesn’t use it effectively.
    Wilshere changed how Burnley had to defend after he came on– and chances increased in frequency and quality.

    Jack’s middling performance at Koln was hampered IMO– as his usual partner-in-crime — Giroud– seemed less-mobile and less involved; likely from the thigh injury picked up on international duty.

    So ‘yes’. Jack vs HT on Tuesday.


  2. Georgy says:

    Iwobi a class act?
    Totally ineffective every time he plays.Please cut the glorification of him.He needs to go on loan to develop his qualities.

    1. arie82 says:

      Can some one tell, what hes natural position
      Hes playing as left winger, right winger, some say hes oziel replacement.
      He just like ramdom player who play play in random positions

  3. Sukhjot Gunner says:

    Yeah Iwobi had a bad night but I guess it is harsh for us to criticize him for just today as he is not in arsenal’s first choice eleven but got a rare start in the epl against a disciplined burnley at turf moor. All these points are against him and so he couldn’t show his talent. For the huddersfield game I think wenger should go for wilshere and save ozil from burnout for the utd game…

  4. Carlos Mazariegos says:

    jack needs to start at every game, I see him like the Wilshere from that Barcelona game

  5. ArsenalGenes says:

    Iwobi is sht. Can’t shoot can’t make off the ball runs. Always comes towards the ball. Ozil can make off the ball runs as well as come towards the ball. That’s why walcott was in the team. Every midfielder in arsenal wants to come towards the ball.

  6. Wilshere to replace Ramsey or Xhaka at the center!

    1. Rkw says:

      Spot on … Wilshire needs some serious game time … But he also needs someone to start telling him to go looking for the ball he has become too static … The sad truth for arsenal is that pep would turn him in to the player we saw against barca whereas wenger can’t

  7. Mark says:

    The game is Weds

  8. Sunny says:

    Yes against a team who sit down and Park, I trhink Wilshare will flourish. If Ozil not playing then he must start . Play him for 60 minutes and then sub him..

    We need to win big at Emiratus


  9. he only needs to stay fit.. he will brake into any team in the world if he can reach the zenith of his potential

  10. l says:

    I will need to rotate our players so Wilshere should start in place of Ramsey, Coqueline in place of Zhaka. Give Welbeck a start upfront. Iwobi should start also while giving Ozil time to recover for United game.
    Mustfi – Holding – Monreal
    Bellerin – Coq – Wishere – Kolasinac
    Iwobi – Sanchez
    Sanchez has to start to look for his mojo. Save Lacazette for United. Withdraw Sanchez in second half for Lacazette. Welbeck for Giroud.

    1. ALBERTOGUNNER says:

      Lacazette has to start all the games possible…

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