Can Jack Wilshere shine for Arsenal this season?

By on July 29, 2010

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Written by Kush Sharma.

A little over a fortnight is all that remains for the premiership to cast its magic once again on the world of football and induce unparalleled excitement in a way only a league which is widely regarded to be the best and most popular in the world can.

And while the pre-season might satisfy the urges of only a few sections of fans around the world, it definitely is another matter as far as the new signings as well as the young developing players in a club are concerned.

Jack Wilshere, Jay Emmanuel Thomas, Wojciech Szczesny are few among the ones that would be fighting it out for a place in the first team, while Marouane Chamakh and Laurent Koscielny would want to give a hint or two of their potential prowess  before the serious business gets underway.

And if one was to pass a judgment based on the first three pre-season games in a way that would resonate with the opinion of majority of Arsenal fans, it is the 18 year old wonder boy from Hertfordshire that has clearly stood out from the rest.

Jack Wilshere looks set to be on his way to up England’s fleeting share in Arsenal’s first team squad. The 18 year old had impressed in Arsenal’s 2009-2010 pre-season by putting in back to back emphatic displays against Athletico Madrid and Rangers in the Emirates Cup.

At that point, many had considered him good enough for the first team squad, but that was not to be and after impressing at Bolton on loan, Wilshere has once again gained appreciation by putting in dazzling performances against Barnet, SK Sturm Graz and SC Neusiedl 1919.

The question is not if but how much of first team action would he be a part of. Joe Cole heading to Anfield instead of The Emirates and Theo Walcott’s dwindling form are factors that would suit Wilshere perfectly. A mature and clever head, excellent control on the ball, unbelievable vision, trickery, ability to read the game well and creativity in the final third are some of the factors that Wilshere can bolster the Arsenal midfield with.

With Abou Diaby, Emmanuel Eboue, Tomas Rosicky all having had a fairly poor season in 2009-2010, as well as the horrific injury to Aaron Ramsey, Wilshere can be the answer to a more creative and attacking midfield, especially now since the prospect of Arsene Wenger signing an attacking midfielder looks grim.

Last Pre-season saw the 18 year old play on the wings and to good effect too. This time around Arsene Wenger has allotted him a central role which he taken with both hands and it seems to be his favored position too. Another asset is his physical endurance and stamina. It was not rare to find him making and controlling the play from the middle while also making great runs inside the opponent’s 18-yard box.

The argument against is obviously the lack of first team experience, and as the opponents get sterner during the remaining run-in of pre-season games, one may not expect him to control the midfield with an aura of complete dominance as he has done in the first three games.

The physicality factor might also come into play and against tougher oppositions this might prove to be a downside, as was seen in last year’s pre-season game against Valencia where Wilshere was brushed aside more than once and was not at ease throughout the half he played in.

So while it is certain that Jack Wilshere is bound to shine at the Emirates, one would gather a more accurate picture of when this would happen by analyzing his displays in the face of bigger oppositions, like AC Milan, whom Arsenal are set to meet this Saturday in the Emirates Cup .

Arsene Wenger is considered the master of nurturing exceptional talents and at a time when the harrowing prospect of going 6 years without a trophy is looming over the Emirates, Jack Wilshere might just be the ace up his sleeves.

What is your opinion? Do you think Jack Wilshere is ready for first team action?

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10 Comments

  1. James M. Munga

    July 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    When I saw Jack playing against Athletico Madrid last year, I thought the boy was ready for the team. For me the boy is very ready.

    • Sam

      August 9, 2010 at 7:32 am

      great article!

  2. jah jah

    July 29, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    JAck held his own at Bolton against much better opposition than 2010 pre-season so far. This weekend will indeed be interesting but I feel he is ready for first team for sure. Also nice to have another left foot striker of the ball.

  3. jabberwocky

    July 29, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    i was reading your article until i got to the bit about eboue, diaby and rosicky having a bad season and then didnt bother finishing it.

    eboue worked hard, and had a good season in my books…diaby was immense for large parts of the season, so not a poor season, just an inconsistant one, and rosicky was out for most of the season with niggly injuries and then played below his level when he returned.

    sweeping and badly thought generalisations waste all of the apparent thought you have put into this article

  4. norman sheridan

    July 29, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Jack is as ready as ever.

  5. derek

    July 29, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Hi all. i think jack will be a beast in the coming years. the guy is already gifted. he can do everything. such a creative player the an english fighting spirit. i think its definetely what arsenal need. we do need a couple more defenders. but could you imagine a fully fit arsenal squad. who would you choose!!!!?????

    ——————mannone
    sagna koncielny tommy v gibbs

    ——————-song

    ———–wilshire fabregas

    arshavin

    chamak v.persie

    nasri , walcot, diaby, vela, djourou, clichy, ramsey, jet, bartley, nordveit, frimpong,

  6. Davi

    July 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Eboue had a great season, and lost his place to theo for no reason at all earlier in the season, and for some reason never had another chance until the new year – when he started to excel again! And everyone was wondering how he could play so well. He had some great games at fullback and actually was the reason we won at least a couple of games. Seriously this guy gets such a bad rap from fans, its ridiculous. I know he’s not perfect, but not every player in the squad can be as good as fabregas or van persie. He is an excellent player though.

    Diaby as well had a much improved season, often playing in DM, where he was really starting to look the part. I wouldnt call it a great season, but was a lot more consistent and its definitely something he can build on.

    Denilson and walcott were the really disappointing players last season, and eduardo wasn’t as good as he can be, but that’s completely understandable. Apart from that the players performed pretty well overall and fabregas was amazing. As usual it was too many injuries for our squad (or any squad actually) to handle.

  7. kush sharma

    July 29, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    @ Jabberwocky and davi

    I agree with you but only to an extent…”having had a FAIRLY poor season” is the key to my view…i’m not saying they were downright poor but one has to accept that they were not consistent by any means

    .Diaby was poor in the beginning and only raised his game during the winter and slipped up once more in the run-in of games after Arsenal’s victory over Liverpool where he scored the winner

    Eboue did well at Right back but was not consistent when played in other positions . I agree he did jump to another level from last season but that doesnt necessarily mean he was contributing immensely to the team.He does well at making darting runs but the end product is not consistent and in addition to that , i feel he should be taking more responisbility and not be going down too easily after a challenge.He’s a great talent and lets hope he can shine to his full potential this season

    .Tomas was bright when the season kicked off but after the game against Everton in early Januray , he was poor by his standards in the remaining games that he played in

    Our opinions should be with regard to the league and not restricted to relative performances within the squad

    Cheers

  8. Kush Sharma

    July 29, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    @ Jabberwocky and davi

    I agree with you but only to an extent…”having had a FAIRLY poor season” is the key to my view…i’m not saying they were downright poor but one has to accept that they were not consistent by any means

    .Diaby was poor in the beginning and only raised his game during the winter and slipped up once more in the run-in of games after Arsenal’s victory over Liverpool where he scored the winner

    Eboue did well at Right back but was not consistent when played in other positions . I agree he did jump to another level from last season but that doesnt necessarily mean he was contributing immensely to the team.He does well at making darting runs but the end product is not consistent and in addition to that , i feel he should be taking more responisbility and not be going down too easily after a challenge.He’s a great talent and lets hope he can shine to his full potential this season

    .Tomas was bright when the season kicked off but after the game against Everton in early Januray , he was poor by his standards in the remaining games that he played in

    Our opinions should be with regard to the league and not restricted to relative performances within the squad

    Cheers

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