Out of contract in the summer and yet to be offered a new one by Arsenal, what does the future hold for Jack Wilshere?
After spending a year on loan at Bournemouth last season, Jack Wilshere decided to stay at the Emirates this season and fight for his place in the team. The English midfielder has worked really hard to get back to match fitness over the last few months and is looking very sharp.
He has started for Arsenal in their Europa League group stage games this season. He put on some really impressive man of the match performances over in Europe, but still couldn’t get a place in Arsenal’s Premier League starting team, until last week that is.
Last week, Arsenal were rocked by the news that Aaron Ramsey, who had been the club’s best player so far, sustained a hamstring injury which will rule him out until January. While it was bad news for the Welshman, it also means it could be Wilshere’s big chance to finally get into the starting XI.
Wilshere has since played the full 90 minutes in Arsenal’s last two Premier League games and earned praise from the fans and manager alike. The midfielder now needs to put in these performances on a consistent basis and keep himself fit if he is to earn the contract as well as cement his place in the Arsenal team. Replacing Aaron Ramsey for the long term will be difficult as the Welshman has been all about goals and assists this season, but Wilshere has to be up for the challenge.
The Russia factor
Another reason why Jack Wilshere needs to get back to his best is the World Cup. Regarded by many as technically England’s best midfielder, Jack needs to keep 100% fitness and make sure he’s one of the first names in Gareth Southgate’s notebook to be on the plane to Russia.
The England manager didn’t include him for the friendlies last month and did say that for him to consider Jack for the England squad, he will first have to get a place in the Arsenal first team. So, the coming months will be crucial for Jack Wilshere’s World Cup dream.
The next few months are going to be massive in terms of both Jack Wilshere’s England and Arsenal future. He looks like he is ready for the challenge, but we have to wait to see what future holds for him. His next big chance to shine will be against Liverpool this weekend, an opportunity he needs to ensure he seizes.