‘Europa League perfect to save Wilshere’s Arsenal career’

Frank Lampard has claimed that Jack Wilshere should be able to use the Europa League to get his Arsenal career back on track this season.

The 25 year-old is into the final season of his current contract, and isn’t believed to have been offered a new deal as of yet, and must prove his fitness in order to earn one.

Wilshere should be thankful that the Gunners are playing Europa League football this term, as it looks likely to give him a platform to play his way into contention for the first-team side, whereas previous seasons would have seen opportunities all-the-more scarce for those fringe players.

Wilshere has shown a huge amount of ability and potential previously, but after a number of injury setbacks, he will be keen to get back to playing his best, and proving he still retains more than enough to have a bright future in the game.

Frank Lampard believes the EL will see Wenger include the player more regularly than he would have without Thursday night football, and believes Jack can earn a contract if he can stay fit.

Lampard said: “The Europa League is a great opportunity for Jack Wilshere to show why he should get a new contract at Arsenal.

“With the difficult schedule of Thursday-Sunday games, Arsene Wenger will rotate a lot more – and that should mean more appearances for Jack.

“There have been positive signs already. He was very impressive as a substitute against Cologne, then against Doncaster last week, so he will surely play a part at Bate Borisov on Thursday.

“Everyone knows his quality, he’s just had a very difficult time with injuries. There is nothing worse for a player mentally and physically to keep having these setbacks.

“There is a lot of talk over Jack’s future, because he is out of contract at the end of the season.

“I’m sure Arsenal would prefer to keep him, but they will want to see that he’s fit first. But, by doing that, Jack will be in a position of strength if he gets 100 per cent again.

“There will be a lot of clubs willing to take the risk because they have seen what Jack can do in the past.”

Is Thursday night football a blessing for some fringe players? Will Jack earn a new contract with Arsenal?

Pat J

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  1. AndersS says:

    I have a lot of sympathy for Wilshere, and wish him the best.
    However, I don’t think we can use him that often against strong opponents. He isn’t big and strong enough in CM. So unless we get a really strong DM to support hi, he is a liability in big games.

    1. Mudassir says:

      which wilshere are you talking about? the boi is built strong. just injury prone.

      1. AndersS says:

        Sorry, but Wilshere isn’t strong defensively. He just doesn’t cut it. He could possible do it with a very strong DM behind/around him. But we don’t have that type of player.

    2. Mobella says:

      Yes he needs the body of Kante and the strength of Ndidi to survive in the middle of the park.

  2. Dom says:

    ‘Europa League perfect to save Wilshere’s Arsenal career’ WRONG.
    Only Jack Wiltshire can save his career.
    I along with many Gooners hope that Jack can stay fit and force his way into our first team and become the Worldclass midfielder he has the potential to be.
    Fingers crossed he stays fit. COYG.

  3. Pablo Picasso says:

    “Europa League perfect to save Wilshere’s / Theo / Chambers / Debuchy / and a host of other Arsenal players careers”

    1. jon fox says:

      You need top natural ability to “save “your career. Wilshere definitely has talent a plenty but the other three Walcott, Chambers, Debuchy, are very limited in pure ability and all , like Wilshere, are injury prone and Walcott has the added burden of being workshy too. A 40% chance for Jack to re-establish himself as a first eleven regular. The others ? Zero chance!

  4. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Wilshere deserves a chance to prove himself but if gets another long-term injury we will need to consider transferring him because we don’t want another Diaby situation and he may perform a lot better with a different club or league altogether

  5. Vlad says:

    So let me guess this straight… we play him against Cologne, Doncaster, etc. to see if he can earn a new contract. Most likely he will because those are not strong teams. Then he plays against Stoke or West Brom, and gets another long term injury. That’s pretty much a guarantee. Sorry, but I don’t see any benefit in this. Anyone can play against the likes of Doncaster. We have a slew of youngsters ready, waiting in the line to get a chance. It’s the league where it matters the most. It’s the big games in the FA Cup. It’s Champions League. And frankly, I don’t think Jackie boy is going to cut it in any one of those competitions anymore because he simply can’t stay fit. We’ve had one Diaby already. That was a waste of time and money. I don’t think we can afford to have another one on our hands.

    1. waal2waal says:

      Jack in the team serves the rest as a constant reminder we are the arsenal – sometimes seems the others drop asleep and have shown tendency to forget. if he gets his rehabilitation correct he’s a big big plus.

    2. jon fox says:

      Based on the past injury record, over a long time now, obviously, you are more likely to be right than wrong. In my article above, I give JACK, rather generously, as I am fond of his warrior attitude, just a 40% chance to re-establish himself as a first team regular. This is definitely a generous prediction and on all past injury evidence it should be no more than 15%, though his sheer talent has never been in doubt. Fingers crossed therefore.

  6. summerbreez says:

    Its about time again for Wilshere to rule he is well capable of it and should go out there and come out of it as a glittered champion its unfortunate but it is cut and dry up or out he has it so it should be up so he should up his game focus and lead he needs to get to the world cup so the work must be done I am confident he can do that so we can support him wish him good luck and push him on

    1. jon fox says:

      Punctuation would help your post be more readable and understood. Not one piece of punctuation anywhere, save a capital letter to Wilshere. No one expects perfection BUT surely a full stop or comma is not beyond you.

  7. Liam says:

    The difference between the other squad members trying to prove themselves in this competition is that Jack Wilshere can become a world class player, injuries aside the lad has never let us down always gives us 100% and is creatively phenomenal. I pray that he stays fit because if he does he’s better than any midfield who would realistically come to Arsenal

  8. Jabby says:

    Jack knows exactly what to do to be a regular and play in the PL. He has the quality and he knows the PL. He needs time to prove himself. His touches and how he passes are similar to Carzola. A player who can change the speed of the game with ease.

  9. ThirdManJW says:

    People need to realistic about Jack. Given how many injuries he’s had, the odds are astronomical that he won’t suffer another long-term injury. If Wenger is serious about giving him yet another contract, then it should be pay-as-you-play, and he should start playing Jack in tough games to see what level he’s at. I’m not sure what one can learn playing Jack only against poor opposition?

    1. jon fox says:

      Not only do I agree with you but I find it incredible that you have some dislikes to this emminently sensible post. Who are these people that they should disagree with your post. I note they seldom have the courage to actually write their own opinion, just coward like, press a button.

  10. Simon says:

    Looking forward to seeing Jack again-

    Personally think he is already Very close to challenging Xaka, Coq and Elneny for a spot in deep midfield.

    Each one is different, with different pros, and cons-

    On his best day though, jack has all the skills and all the talent of the other three put together.

    He would be a massive boost to Arsenal if (and I agree it is a big IF) he can return to his very best form in the 1st team, and in our weakest area of the squad –

    Which is why it would be such a dream solution – if did work out

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