When Jack Wilshere was a youngster breaking into the Arsenal team in 2010/11, he was constantly hailed as the future of Arsenal and England, but ever since that first full season (in which Arsene Wenger now says that he overplayed him) Jack has never been uninjured long enough to play hardly half a season.
When Jack finally returned to the fold towards the end of last season he looked to have regained his bulldog spirit and tenacity, and he was determined to carry on that form and have an excellent lead up to the Euros during this campaign – but it just wasn’t meant to be. But now the midfielder is feeling a little more positive… “It’s going well,” Jack said on the official Arsenal website. “I’m working as hard as I can to try to come back. I know what it takes because unfortunately I’ve been injured a few times in my career and I know what it takes to come back. I’m not going to rush it. I’ll make sure my body’s right and at the moment I’m feeling good.
“Mentally this one has been the toughest to take because I had a big injury last year, came back, got myself fit, back in good form, played for England. Then I cut my holiday short for two weeks and came in to try to get myself right for this season.
“I thought, ‘This season I need to be fit for the whole season and go into the Euros with a whole season behind me’. Unfortunately on the last day of pre-season I got injured so it was probably the toughest one for me to take.”
Fortunately for Jack (but unfortunately for Arsenal!) he has had a bit of company in the treatment room, and it seems to have helped him. “We all know it’s difficult and just being around other people helps,” he said. “At the moment it’s me, Danny and Tomas because we’re the only ones with long-term injuries. Just being around other people, speaking to them and having a bit of banter with them helps as well.
“We’re still early in the season and the busiest part of the season is coming up. I want to be part of this team and I proved last season that I can get back and fight for a place. I know it’s not going to be easy but that’s what I want to do.”
Jack is certainly a fighter, and I am sure he will become an integral part of this title-winning season and go on to help England win the Euros,but first of all we have to pray that he can get fit and STAY fit for the rest of the campaign…..