Throughout Jack Wilshere’s career, the wonderfully gifted central midfielder has been plagued by injuries, which have prevented him from fulfilling his potential.
Injuries impair Wilshere’s involvement and performance
In addition to being unable to play for over 17 months during 2011 and 2012 due to a badly damaged ankle, Wilshere also missed large parts of both the 2013-2014 & 2014-2015 seasons through injury.
Furthermore the 24-year-old only played three times last season after fracturing his left fibula.
Despite that Wilshere sufficiently recovered from that to play three times for England at Euro 2016, as Roy Hodgson’s side were eliminated after losing 2-1 to Iceland in the second round.
Nevertheless a lack of match fitness and sharpness inhibited Wilshere from producing his best form, as he struggled to control and orchestrate England’s play to anywhere near the extent that he is capable of.
Wilshere’s current plight
Ultimately whilst that represented a source of frustration for Wilshere, of current concern to the player is playing more first team football, with his opportunities to do that for Arsenal having been limited so far this season. Specifically in the Gunners opening three English Premier League games, Wilshere has made just two substitute appearances, with Arsene Wenger preferring to field other midfield options ahead of the 34-times capped England internationalist.
As a consequence of that England manager Sam Allardyce has omitted Wilshere from his first squad, with the midfielder’s international future dependent upon his ability to play more regularly at club level.
In order to do that, it may be necessary for Wilshere to move away from Arsenal, for whom he has scored 12 goals in 159 appearances, since making his Premier League debut for the club against Blackburn in September 2008. In doing so Wilshere became the Gunners youngest ever league debutant at the age of 16 years and 256 days, which is a record that still stands.
Almost eight years after first appearing for Arsenal, Wilshere remains a supremely talented player, blessed with great movement, passing and vision. Those attributes enable Wilshere to dictate play from the centre of midfield, whilst his drive, enthusiasm and passion combine to make him a box-to-box player, who also possesses strong leadership qualities.
However given that Wilshere has fallen out of favour at Arsenal – with the club’s squad laden with quality midfielders such as Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka – it is altogether possible that he may need to find a new stage on which to showcase his vast array of skills.
Wilshere may leave Arsenal on loan for a second time
That is particularly the case since the Gunners are willing to allow him to leave the club on a temporary basis, as reported by the BBC.
At the start of 2010, Wilshere spent four months on loan at Bolton in a move which substantially aided his development.
Recently that has somewhat stagnated, meaning that Wilshere is currently seeking to revive his career, with the potential existing for him to do that whilst out on loan from Arsenal.