Arsenal starlet Jack Wilshere started his career off so brightly with the Gunners, walking onto the pitch as a 16 year old boy, and by the time he was 17 and 18 he was really beginning to pull his way into the Arsenal first team for recognition. By the time he was 19 he had established himself as one of Arsenal’s main players and everything seemed to revolve around him, until that simple injury occurred that ruled him out for so so long.
Wilshere was progressing so well, having just spent a half season on loan at Bolton, he returned to Arsenal and was a consistent top performer for the Gunners. However he was massively overplayed by Wenger, something Le Prof even holds his hands up to and many suggest it is because of the amount of times he played at such a young age, which has hampered him now in the long run.
The injury that was originally going to keep him out of action for just a week at the most, quickly turned into weeks, then months and in the end a total year. And although of course Wilshere has returned in flying colours, although not quite as innocent looking as before, he still doesn’t seem to have the edge that he did beforehand, the ability that ran the show in the 2-1 win over Barcelona and I think that’s largely down to fitness.
Even though it’s been well over two years since that injury occurred to Wilshere, it seems he is still struggling with the effects of it and the resulting surgery to this very day and because he is so important to the team, as well as being so young, it means Wenger is very cautious in using him and any potential knock is now solved with an immediate substitution in an act to end his injury torment.
Many have recognised that Wilshere doesn’t look up to scratch and are also pretty certain its due to a lack of fitness and with Wilshere away on international duty with England, Roy Hodgson took the opportunity to state that Wilshere was lacking with fitness.
Hodgson said: “Jack is still looking for full fitness. That is why we took him off in the second half. We certainly saw a much more effective Jack against Moldova, but he still did his work against Ukraine and, tactically, did all the things I asked of him.”
I’m sure it’s been a much more lengthy process than everyone wished, however it seems unlikely that it’s going to change so for now I’m not sure how Wilshere can build up his fitness without putting on such a strain. I suppose the real question should be is Wenger scared of using Jack Wilshere, because I know for a fact it’s not a comfortable sight for anyone when Jack Wilshere is clipped on the pitch.