If you search Jack Wilshire on Google, the first thing that comes up in the results is “Jack Wilshire injured”.
Most players would prefer to be known for a particular worldie of a goal, or a fantastic piece of skill that broke the internet. But unfortunately for Wilshire, he is that man that always seems to be injured and at this point in his career this really needs to change.
The fact Arsene Wenger has bought in Mohamed Elneny says a lot about Jack Wilshire’s current predicament. He was ruled out for months after a quite heartbreaking leg break that occurred right before the start of the season and as a result, Wenger has had to improve his squad because of Wilshire’s absence.
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There was a lot of hype at the beginning of the season suggesting that this could finally be Wilshire’s big year. But again there was another season-ending injury and another spell on the sidelines.
Wilshire has made 155 appearances in an Arsenal shirt in his eight year spell at the club, and its just not enough. That works out at just 19 games a season and when you’re looking to step into the shoes left behind by Steven Gerrard, thats not sufficient.
Arsenal need stability in the middle of the park. Francis Coquelin has looked good at times this season, but he has been ruled out since November with a ligament injury.
There is talk of a new £34million, five-year-deal for Wilshire but I’m not sure if he can warrant that amount. The fact he is English stands him in extremely good stead worth wise, but I don’t think this reflects his performances on the pitch.
Don’t get me wrong, when Wilshire is fit he can be class. He has a fantastically tenacious edge and he powers around the pitch, giving his side a real physical edge. He is a decent striker of the ball and has great vision but again, it all boils down to the fact he can’t do it often enough.
It seems so questionable to offer the centre-midfielder such a huge deal when he never plays and cannot contribute consistently to the side. It seems like he hasn’t been made to earn this contract like some of his team-mates have to.
Take Olivier Giroud, for example. He faces criticism week-in, week-out yet some of his performances have been fantastic this season. He will always have to work hard for a new contract because some people don’t believe he scores enough goals. Perhaps he’s not a 20 goal-a-season striker but he has a lot more to his game too.
Arsenal are a little different to most clubs. Whilst they don’t flash the cash, they would prefer to invest it in a long-term contract. They are gambling on Wilshire but he needs to hit his peak ASAP.
If he doesn’t, it could be Dele Alli that gets on the plane this summer.