Jack Wilshere has been at Arsenal since he was five years old and, like Carl Jenkinson, he is an out and out Gooner. But he finally realised last summer that he was never going to get regular playing time in this camapaign at the Emirates, after missing nearly all of last season through injury and with the increased competition in the Gunners midfield.
But now he has had half a season of staying fit and playing regularly at Bournemouth, and was given the Man Of The Match award this weekend when the Cherries came back for a 3-3 draw against Middlesbrough. The final goal was scored by his old team-mate Benik Afobe, who also left Arsenal to get regular playing time, and the striker thinks that Jack would not be happy going back to sitting on the bench.
“To be honest I don’t think even he knows what he is going to be doing,” Afobe said. “We have convos all the time and he just wants to play week in week out and take it month by month and see what happens at the end of the season.
“The main thing for him is about getting his confidence back and staying injury free.”
“Once you get your confidence again, you want to be playing week in, week out. You want the games to be coming every two or three days and I think that is how he feels at the moment.”
So even if Jack does manage to get through the whole season without injury and considers whether to come back to Arsenal or not, he will be looking at the array of talent he will have to compete with for a midfield spot at the Emirates. Do you think that he will believe he will be playing week in, week out, if he comes back to Arsenal?