Jack Wilshere has come from being a superstar Arsenal starlet – to a forgotten sick-note – to a bit part player in the Arsenal reserves. But now he has reinvented himself yet again to become an integral leader and midfield dynamo in the Arsenal First team and has played every minute of our last six games without seeing his energy levels dropping in the slightest.
The 25 year-old capped off his resurgence for the Gunners by scoring his first Gunners goal for two-and-a-half years against Chelsea on Wednesday, which has left our old Invincible Martin Keown gushing about his abilities. Keown said: “Jack [Wilshere] proved against Chelsea on Wednesday that he is well and truly back, and a force to be reckoned with,”
“He is a superstar approaching the levels of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil but, crucially, he wants to play for Arsenal.
“The uncertainty surrounding the futures of Sanchez and Ozil has created a flat feeling at Arsenal.
“Much was made of some Arsenal players not celebrating with Sanchez when he scored at Crystal Palace but that was not the case when Wilshere fired Arsenal into the lead against Chelsea.
“You could see how much his goal meant to everyone, including the substitutes.
“Wilshere is the figurehead in this dressing room and does not take any nonsense.
“He has taken those fighting qualities which have seen him battle back from injury and is displaying them to great effect.
“He is the dynamo in Arsenal’s engine room.”
“It should be a formality that he signs a new contract. Given his injury history, he will have to be realistic and the club may want to build something into his deal which is linked to appearances.
“If Wilshere plays, he should be paid top dollar, but allowances have to be made for if he has another lengthy injury lay-off.”
So is Jack Wilshere our new Mr. Arsenal? If Arsene Wenger finally gets his finger out and gets Jack to sign a contract extension could he be a replacement for one of our outgoing superstars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez? Or has Keown gone just a little bit too far after just six games?