November 2nd 2017 was a day of incredibly mixed fortunes for midfielder Jack Wilshere. Gareth Southgate announced he was to leave the 25-year-old out of his England squad for upcoming matches against Germany and Brazil, however, a commanding performance against Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League just hours later re-affirmed his significant ability and gave manager Arsene Wenger plenty to ponder.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate explained Wilshire’s omission to the media, blaming his lack of regular game time in the Premier League. Many Arsenal fans were quick to argue that Danny Rose has spent the majority of the campaign on the sidelines at Spurs but has still somehow been selected.
Wilshere has played just 13 minutes of football in the top flight this season and has spent the majority of the campaign warming the bench but with the lack of quality options in the middle for England, there have been many calls for Wilshere to feature on the International stage.
It has sparked a war of words between Southgate and Wenger with the Frenchman questioning the England boss’ decision to leave him out.
The Arsenal chief claimed about Jack Wilshere saying :
“A super-fit Jack, I don’t know how you can keep him out of the English squad”,
but Southgate was quick to defend himself.
Despite having rarely featured in the Premier League, Wilshere has been busy competing in the EFL Cup and Europa League whilst also turning out for the Under 23s in the Premier League 2.
His performance against Red Star Belgrade was impressive despite Arsenal labouring to a goalless draw at the Emirates. A point was enough to help the Gunners secure their passage to the next round which is bound to result in more game time for Wilshere as well as a number of other fringe players.
Santi Cazorla is working his way back to fitness but the likes of Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny haven’t been able to win over the fans and Wilshere remains a popular figure in the red half of North London.
Perhaps he should be given the chance against lower-ranked opposition with upcoming home matches against Huddersfield and Newcastle appearing the perfect opportunities to ease him back in.
Wenger’s side have been incredibly inconsistent so far this campaign and they must improve their away form if they are to challenge for a top-four position. The Gunners are 6/4 in the premier league betting markets to return to the Champions League spots after missing out last year and fans will be hoping they can also finish above near-neighbours Spurs.
Wilshere was at the heart of all of the home side’s best moments and helped drive his side forward throughout his time on the pitch. During his rare outings, he has shown he still has enough skill, tenacity and leadership qualities to stake a claim for a place in the first team but many wonder whether he will be given the opportunity.
Wilshere must continue to go about his business quietly but effectively and wait for an opportunity in the Premier League. Wenger has an array of options in the centre of the park but few of them have shone so far and the 25-year-old surely deserves another chance to show his ability to dictate games in the top flight.
Do you think Jack deserves a chance to start for Arsenal in the League ??
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