After another eye-catching Europa League display, there are calls for Jack Wilshere to be considered for Premier League action again.
The midfielder has made four appearances so far this season – playing the full 90 minutes three times as he makes his way back from a broken leg – and given the team’s options in the centre of the park it’s understandable that fans want to see his craft and graft on a more regular basis.
It’s clear that Arsene Wenger is easing him back into action, cautious of not overdoing it and risking a setback, but the 25 year is making it more and more difficult for the manager to ignore him.
Speaking after last night’s 1-0 win over Red Star Belgrade, Wenger said, “He will get a chance in the Premier League, don’t worry about that.
“I think at the moment it’s going like that. He got a big kick in the first half on his ankle but he managed to get through the 90 minutes and games of that intensity will, of course, help him a lot.”
To be fair, Wenger is often criticised for risking players to injury, so his desire to be sensible with Wilshere is understandable. However, you can also see why people would like to see him fit enough to play in the Premier League as he does have qualities which prove very useful.
Last night was another step on the road to full fitness, so let’s see how it informs team selection this weekend.