Arsene Wenger says it’s important for Jack Wilshere to play at the European Championships this summer as the midfielder looks to make something of a season which promised much but delivered little.
The 24 year old had come through pre-season well and was all set for the new campaign when a training ground tackle left him with a broken leg. The comeback has been delayed and delayed, and the Arsenal manager believes if he can play a part in England’s summer then it will be a good thing for him.
“You want your players to compete,” said Wenger. “When you’re a footballer you want to compete at the top level and what is important is that Jack, who is frustrated enough, regains confidence.
“It’s very important for his confidence that he can go to the Euros and he can play.”
When asked if it would be a gamble for Roy Hodgson to pick him, the Frenchman continued, “If he’s completely fit, no. When you’re a national team coach, you can take a gamble on one player but certainly not on five.
“Roy Hodgson has to consider the whole situation. You can certainly take a chance on just one player.”
Any caution or conservatism Arsenal fans may have over Wilshere’s participation should probably be left to one side.
If he can come through the summer and play some football without any problems, it’s good for us. If he struggles with injury again, it may well solidify the manager’s thinking about his place in the squad ahead of the new season.
Not quite sink or swim, but let’s hope it’s more the latter than the former.