Wilshere needs to step up his game or West Ham United midfielder’s quality will become a myth

Jack Wilshere had an opportunity to show what Arsenal are missing when he lined up for West Ham United at the Emirates on Saturday.

However, the midfielder failed to deliver as he put in a lacklustre performance during a 3-1 loss at his former stomping ground.

Wilshere signed for the Hammers on a free transfer in the summer after opting not to sign a new contract at Arsenal.

Such promise has surrounded the England international for some time, but injuries have got in his way.

This season, though, the midfielder has had a clean bill of health but in Premier League matches against Liverpool, Bournemouth and Arsenal – all of which ended in defeats – Wilshere has struggled to make an impact.

Against Arsenal, the 26-year-old, who scored a total of 14 senior goals during his time at the North London outfit, was at fault for the Gunners’ equaliser as he allowed Hector Bellerin to get in behind.

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Wilshere lacked influence moving forward as he was the only midfielder that failed to create a key pass.

The Englishman was often clumsy in his tackles as he committed more fouls than any of his teammates across the course of the match.

At times, Wilshere gave away the ball and struggled to impose himself on a game that would have meant a lot to him as an ex-Arsenal player.

It is now when the midfielder really needs to prove his ability at an elite level, and if he fails to do so then the hype surrounding him was for nothing.