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Is Jack Wilshere ready for a Premier League return?

Thursday 26th October 2017
Jack Wilshere has always been a curious individual. No doubt he's talented, but injuries tend to get the better of him. What next for the Englishman?

It has been almost ten years since Wilshere made his bow. We've been treated to some sumptuous displays from the midfield maestro in that time, but, last year, it looked as though his Arsenal career had come to an end following a loan spell at AFC Bournemouth.

Wilshere didn't give up. He returned to The Emirates in the summer, injured, of course. Now he's fighting back to fitness, so does he deserve one final crack at Premier League football with the North London club?
Now 25, approaching the supposed peak of his career, you feel it's now or never for 'Super Jack'. The patience of Arsene Wenger hasn't wavered once. The French tactician has kept the faith in Wilshere, but everyone has their limit. It's time for the Stevenage-born superstar to step up to the mark.

Arsenal, well, they've been Arsenal. Inconsistent, yet on their day, possessing the ability to tear anyone apart. Wilshere fits that mould down to a tee. He's perfect for The Gunners.

During his two comeback performances, the midfielder has looked sharp. Alright, tougher tasks are ahead, but it has been a good start. His movement, at times, is unreal. Few possess the tactical brain that Wilshere has, even fewer have the poise, skill and finesse to then execute the move. His part in the all-important winner against Red Star Belgrade was nothing short of sensational and the link-up play with Olivier Giroud was truly out of this world. We have to remember that it's only going to get better as he regains match sharpness, too...
He's the best central-midfielder Arsenal have on their books. But, patience is required. Wilshere still has a long way to go before he'll be ready for the physical battle that is Premier League football. I'd be surprised if we see him in anything but cup matches over the next month or so - but that's the order of the day.

Rushing him back has failed before. Let's give Arsenal and England every opportunity to benefit from Wilshere's talent. It's not over for him, heck, it's barely even started. His confidence hasn't faltered, and he's remained strong mentally. It's time to make injuries a thing of the past. I'm confident that by the end of 2017/18, Wilshere will be playing regular Premier League football.

The England midfielder is going to need help, though. Gareth Southgate has a role to play. A premature recall to the international fold would be a catastrophe. Give him next summer off and resist all temptations to take him to Russia 2018.

Wilshere epitomises Arsenal. The pain he feels when on the treatment table directly mirrors the anguish amongst the stands when another needless defeat has been inflicted. He deserves one final shot. Hopefully, Wilshere grasps it with two hands, puts the injuries behind him and finally shows the world his capabilities.
Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.

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