Wenger: ‘Mature’ Wilshere has a different perspective now

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Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere has matured both on and off the pitch and promises the midfielder will have more opportunities to prove that he’s not just fighting fit but also back to his best.

Wilshere netted for the Gunners for the first time in 928 days as the Gunners rounded off their Europa League group with a 6-0 win over BATE Borisov last night.

His all-round performance, which included an assist, hinted that the player could now challenge for a place in the boss’ preferred Premier League XI.

“You will see more of him because he had a little fracture [before] the start of the season, but now I would not even say he is coming back – he is back,” Wenger told his post-game press conference. 

“The next step is for him to be competitive in the Premier League and to fight for his place in the team. He will get games, he will get the opportunity to show that Jack Wilshere is back.

“I would say this is the most mature Wilshere I have seen, in the game and outside the game. He is not excessive, he has taken a distance from the pressure that was always around him.

“He is a special talent and since he was 17 all the attention in the country was on him. He has gone through huge disappointments, but now he is a father and a happy father.

“You can see he thinks with a different perspective and I personally feel this is the most mature, balanced Wilshere I have seen.”

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loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Should have come on against United instead of putting on “all the strikers”. Would have helped unlock their defences

Goonerink
Goonerink

Their defence didn’t even have a secret password, that game, it wasn’t the defence we needed to beat it was de gea and his lifetime performance

ronaldo
ronaldo

ha, beating de gea wasn,t the problem, it was our forwards fucking up there chances, saying de gea had a great game was bollocks, he had a good game, and so he should, its just a cover to save our forwards faces that’s all

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

De Gea was enormous but nobody stops powerful shots into top corner or that kiss the vertical bar.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Agreed. It was just one of those days going forward

Arsenal Schwarzenegger
Arsenal Schwarzenegger

But it didn’t help when shots were fired straight at him

Art Van\'Delay
Art Van\'Delay

Is that what you’d have done on Football Manager then?

allezkev
allezkev

Well if I’d been playing Football Manager I would have put on Bergkamp.

ronaldo
ronaldo

why wouldn,t you start him

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

Agreed, I would have put him on instead of Welbeck.

keneh
keneh

No doubts, Jack is good. Please stay fit for us

Pedant
Pedant

He is at the stage of his career where he can make a big difference – he will either be remembered as a nearly man or a legend.

I hope he stays fit and keeps the positive attitude and doesn’t let distractions get in the way.

Showed he was great curling a shot in the top corner in a youth game in front of Wenger, let’s hope he has a great 5 years or more with us from now.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

There would have been no Messi or Ronaldo with Jack’s injury record. Fat Ronaldo wasn’t able to do anything after multiple cruciate ligament rupture.

JB1
JB1

So offer him a contract ???

Dinobot
Dinobot

He will get in the first team if we move back to a back 4 system that’s for sure. Here’s to a new formation and renewed push in the second half of the year

QMantis
QMantis

Wenger has to give him a chance to play. His fitness is good, all that’s missing is game time. With his contract running down its time to see what he has to offer.

Punter
Punter

I was a special talent when I was 5 with a tennis racquet and that was such a longtime ago. Anyways, my point is, at least Wilshere can still realise his potential in his chosen field of sport and it’s not too late.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Once at uni, I arrived late for a small group discussion class. I walked in, sat down while the Prof was in the middle of telling a joke: “Do tests cause student headaches or do student headaches cause tests?” And then he laughed. I got pissed and snarled, “That doesn’t even make sense!”
Anyways, my point is, Wilshere still has it in himself to fight for a starting 11 position.

Dholio
Dholio

Wenger is doing right by Jack. Continue the course and we will all win in the new year

Hi-brid
Hi-brid

Please find a way of getting a fit Wilshere and a fit Ramsey into the same team. It would be an embarrassment of riches. Make it work Arsene.