Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that fan favorite Jack Wilshere’s future at the club is on the line this season.
The 25-year-old has been on the bench for multiple Premier League matches but still hasn’t made an appearance this season, despite impressing in the Europa league. Once a mainstay in the Arsenal line-up, Jack Wilshere is now attempting to re-establish himself in the first team after recovering from the latest in a long line of injuries.
Wilshere’s current deal with the club is expiring at the end of this season and Arsene Wenger has admitted that the midfielder needs to maintain his fitness to be a part of the team. The English international has featured for the Gunners three times in cup competitions but Wenger has said that he needs to play regular games between the now and December to have a chance of re-igniting his career.
In an interview, the Arsenal boss said, “Jack Wilshere struggled historically with repeated injuries and nobody would question his talent, nobody would his exceptional ability to beat people with the ball. But in this job you need first [overall] health”
Today, the requests and the demands and the competition, physically, are so high that you can only be at your best if you can at least play 10 games on the trot. That is what is at stake for Jack Wilshere – keep healthy, compete, if he can play from now until December at the top level he will be back.”
Injuries have been Jack Wilshere’s biggest issue, ever since his breakthrough as a 17-year-old teenager. Last season, he broke his leg while at loan with Bournemouth which again stalled his comeback tour, although he made 27 appearances for the Cherries. But the player believes that he is starting to recapture both his form and fitness.
In an interview, Wilshere said, “I feel like the way to improve that is in games when you’re playing against opposition that want to win and want to win the ball back and you have to be able to keep the ball.
That’s coming back and my fitness levels, if I’m honest, are probably the best they’ve ever been. I look at my numbers after the game and I’ve been out for four months and I’m not the one who hasn’t run the most.”
It’s a make or break situation for Jack Wilshere and with 20 odd fixtures between now and December, including games against both the Manchester clubs, Tottenham and Liverpool so there is more than enough time for the 25-year-old to make a case for himself. But to do that he will need to stay fit and play incredible football consistently for the entire campaign to convince the Arsenal boss.