Jack Wilshere’s career in football has looked bleak in recent years due to serious injury problems.
When the midfielder has a fitness setback, it never tends to be a niggle or something minor, but rather a severe issue that requires operations and lengthy rehabilitation.
The 26-year-old ended what was a positive loan stint at Bournemouth last season with a broken bone in his leg, but since returning to action for Arsenal this season, the midfielder has impressed.
Wilshere hit back at doubters with a decent showing against Chelsea on Wednesday night – a 2-2 draw in which he scored his first Premier League goal of the season.
In fact, the England international has been playing so well that manager Arsene Wenger has started him in the club’s last six games.
There is still uncertainty over Wilshere’s future, though, as he is out of contract in the summer and is no closer to signing a new deal.
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes that the midfielder has shown in recent matches that he is reaching the same level of importance as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, both of whom also came to the end of their contracts his summer.
In a column for the Daily Mail, Keown said:
“Jack Wilshere proved against Chelsea on Wednesday that he is well and truly back, and a force to be reckoned with. He is a superstar approaching the levels of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil but, crucially, he wants to play for Arsenal.”