Arsenal Debate – Could this next season be Wilshere’s time to shine?

Apart from that harsh and ridiculous fine from the FA for using a mild swear word when celebrating Arsenal winning the FA cup for the second year in a row (seriously what was that all about?), the season ended very well for the Arsenal and England star Jack Wilshere.

A stunning strike and some sterling work from the online Gooners gave Jack the goal of the season award from Match of the Day, and he backed that up with another couple of Man of the Match awards for England, with another couple of super strikes to open his international account to put a real gloss on his summer.

The 23-year old is currently enjoying a summer holiday with his new girlfriend and as reported by the Daily Mail, will soon have the chance to sign a new contract with a hefty pay rise to ward off any transfer bid from Man City.

But as the midfielder said recently, he wants to play and perhaps that that is why he has been talking to Arsenal Player about the importance of a good pre-season. He was reminiscing about the time when he broke into the Arsenal team after impressing Arsene Wenger in training, and then on the trip to Austria, and how one thing then led to another and before he knew it his dreams were coming true.

Wilshere said, “We used to go to Austria after training at London Colney for two weeks. There was always loads of young players training for the first couple of weeks and then if you made the Austria trip you thought, ‘Okay, this is where it really starts’. I was only 16 so I didn’t expect to make it.

“There were 18 year olds around me but I got on the trip. It went from there really. We played a couple of games, I scored a couple of goals, and then we came back and I was involved in the Emirates Cup. I was thinking, ‘Oh my God I’m going to play at the Emirates in front of 60,000’.

“I started the first game – I didn’t expect to play any part in it – and then after that it was club day and I remember the boss asking me which number I would like, 18 or 19. That’s when I knew I was going to be involved in the squad.

“The boss was clever because he put me in for some games, took me out, made me train some games and then put me out again. Then he put me in the [team in the] Carling Cup and I thought, ‘This is the real thing, we’re playing in front of 60,000 fans against proper teams, proper men, at just 16’.

“I owe that a lot to the boss and I’ve learnt so much since I was 16 that it’s scary. I’m only 23 now but it feels like I’ve been playing for years, and I’m still learning with every game I play.”

The up and coming pre-season could be just as important to Wilshere’s Arsenal career as that first one and if he plays well in it and then stays free of injury, I have a feeling that this next season will be the one where our young Gunner finally starts to realise his full potential. Do you think Wilshere has finally matured into a star?

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  1. Wilshere is very badly
    injury prone and even
    when fit is not a starter.
    A 70 min sub with the
    occasional cameo performance.
    Prefer to sell now for 40 mill before he
    drops dead on us a total loss.
    Only in the team because he’s a local English lad.
    Knows he can’t be sold so like Wellbeck Ox + Gibbs
    can coast on 5 mill P/Y for the next 6 years.

  2. I like Jack, if he stays healthy and works really hard, he will be able to get into the first 11 this year. He definitely has the talent but we have Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla,Coquelin and hopefully Vidal in there so it will not be easy to break into this team. But he has the talent and if anyone gets hurt he has to take that chance with both hands just like Coquelin did.
    I can easily see Jack, Coquelin and Vidal forming our midfield trio in tough away games.

    1. It’s funny cause their names together = JVC, those were the letters on our shirts when we won the double.. just saying :p

  3. off topic – I am reading everywhere now that we are going in for Arturo Vidal. Oh! I cant wait to see him in an Arsenal shirt. In my opinion he is the most complete midfielder out there. I cant wait to see him schooling Yaya, and MAtic, and Carrick and show them how to be the boss in the middle of the park.

    Take them to school Arturo! Take them all to school…

  4. I have high expectations on Ox too.. It is clear if someone doesn’t perform well on given chance, its nearly impossible to come back into the team again..that too IF everyone is fit.

  5. jack is perhaps the most talented English player ever. his first season where he played 40 something games is proof of that. since then the team has evolved and he wasn’t there to change with it. he is a fantastic cm and if he’s fit to play at the emirates cup, that would kick start his season.

    1. jus choked on my food,did you say Jack is perhaps the most talented English player ever?lol.Don’t get me wrong i like Jack,but im old enough to have seen Paul Gascoigne an he could do what Jack does with his left foot with both feet,Gazza’s best English player i’ve seen an probably the only truly world class England player in the last 30 years

  6. p.s u guys remember before santi was converted to cm and ramsey was Playing there, we were light at the back because ramsey was always going forward. sometimes he was even standing beyond giroud. that’s why we need jack and Santa.

  7. We have to many midfielders at the moment. If we buy vidal or someone then it will be vidal coquelin Ramsey wilshere ozil and Cazorla fighting for 3 positions ! And that’s after excluding flamini and arteta. If we buy really buy 2 more players in mid and wing/striker few top class players will not even make the squad let alone making the bench !

  8. Luiz adriano, the guy’s another remy, he can easily score 20 goals, since we’re clearly not getting a world class striker his the best we can manage. No risk since his worth only 6 million.

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