I must admit that I was a bit gutted for the Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere at the weekend. The Gunners ended up going on to win the game but Wilshere had to miss out again after picking up an ankle injury in training last week. Surely only Abou Diaby has had worse luck than Jack on that front.
With Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck unavailable I think that Wilshere was almost certain to start against Chelsea at Wembley and would have been hoping to carry his impressive form from the end of last season, for club and country. The one good thing is that Arsene Wenger has revealed that this latest setback is only a minor problem and will not keep the young player out for long. He may even be ready to face West Ham on Sunday as the manager was talking about a matter of days on the sidelines.
So just how good can he be for us given the chance to get a run of games under his belt? I personally think that he could be like Arsenal´s own Eden Hazard. That ability to burst past players as if they are not even there is something very few have but Jack is one of them.
His goal return may not look great on paper but I do not think we can ignore the fact that he has scored some of the best goals seen from Arsenal in recent years, including the Premier League goal of the season for the last two years. His long range wonder strike for England this summer also showed that he is not just about team goals and dancing into the box and slotting past a keeper.
Wilshere has a way to go of course but he is still only 23-years old and has missed an awful lot of football over the last few years. Given some time without injury problems, do you think Wilshere could do for Arsenal what Eden Hazard does for Chelsea?