The former Arsenal midfield star and the man who was the head of youth development for almost the whole time that Arsene Wenger has been the manager will be pleased to hear what the Frenchman has been saying about Jack Wilshere this week.
Liam Brady was clearly worried about the recent Arsenal transfer rumours connecting the England international with a possible move to our Premier League rivals Manchester City and he spoke about what a mistake it would be. However, it appears that the former academy chief need not have worried about his protege, because Wenger has absolutely no intention of selling Wilshere.
It seems like the Prof feels exactly the same way about the 23-year old, as a Sky Sports report reveals. Wenger also has confidence that all Jack needs is a decent spell without any injury problems for the Gunners to see the best of him again.
Perhaps that is why the boss is being so careful with his player and is not rushing him back into action after the latest ankle problem caused by Man United defender Paddy McNair and the subsequent operation to remove the pesky pins. He did give the good news that Jack´s recovery was going very well though.
Wenger said, “Jack is in front of what we expected him to be.
“What takes a long time and what people underestimate a little bit is that to get back to be capable to play is one thing, but to be back and be capable to be sharp and efficient takes a bit longer.
“Even the players, from the moment they train again fully and the moment they are really back to their level, they are impatient, but it takes much longer than they think to get sharp again.
“In the Premier League it is a fraction of a second that makes you efficient or not.
“Jack plays with freedom as soon as he is back, so I don’t think on that front it will be a problem.
“But he needs now one or two years without problems to really get the full confidence and belief back, and I don’t see why it shouldn’t happen.
“Jack is an Arsenal player. I believe the success of the club in the future years will depend on how well the young players educated here will do, and he is part of that.”
So those Gooners that were hoping the boss would sell our injury blighted star and spend the reported £30 million might be disappointed by this, but I for one am looking forward to seeing the old Wilshere back on the pitch for Arsenal. How about you?