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End of Season Report Jack Wilshere

May 28, 2012

Name Jack Wilshere

  • Born January 01, 1992 Stevenage, Hertfordshire
  • Position Midfielder
  • Squad Number 19
  • Previous Club(s) Bolton (loan)
  • Joined Arsenal October 01, 2001

Jack Wilshere is one of the shining lights of English football, a young lad who looks to have it all before him.

He joined Arsenal in 2001 as a nine-year-old, standing slightly taller than Andre Arshavin and has shown that he has the ability to progress right to the very top. Jack became the youngest ever player when he came on at Blackburn to play in a league match for Arsenal aged 16 years and 256 days. He was then sent on loan to Bolton for the 2009/10 season, where there were plenty of good reports of how well he played coming back from Owen Coyle. Jack is now, not only a regular first team player (when fit) he is also a part of the England set up.

The 2010/11 season saw Jack looking to make his mark in the first team and ended it as a full international and a fixture in Arsenal’s midfield. He was also voted Arsenal player of the season. Many fans would have expected Jack to play some 15/20 games and some of those as a sub. However, his ability and consistency cemented his place in the side and he went on to start in more games than any other player. Jack scored twice this season against Shakhtar and Villa.. Jack has a great range of passing and beats players with ease. Comfortable on the ball, he was able to dictate play and this is rare at such an age

On 16 October, Wilshere received his first straight red card in first-team football in a Premier League match against Birmingham for a challenge on a player twice his size with Arshavin on his back, Žigić.

The Champions League game at home to Barcelona showed what a great player he is when he did not look out-of-place against some of the best midfielders in World Football. Arsene Wenger described his performance as

“outstanding”

Jack won the PFA Young Player of the Year award, and was also named in the PFA Team of the Year for the 2010–11 season

During the summer leading into the 2011/12 season, Jack suffered an ankle injury during a pre-season friendly. The injury proved a persistent problem throughout Arsenal’s pre-season and in September, underwent successful surgery, but ruled out for four to five months. In January, he suffered a recurrence of the ankle injury, and in April 2012, he was ruled out for the remainder of the Premier League season, as well as the Euro 12 campaign.

Wilshere ability is his movement, vision, passing and inter-play. Owen Coyle, of Bolton, praised Jack’s ability to “tackle and take a knock”, despite his lack of height. Liam Brady has mentioned that Jack had problems with his temper early on in his career.

Wilshere has played in a number of positions, attacking midfielder, winger, and deep-lying central midfielder, Jack played in all but one of Arsenal’s matches during the 2010–11 season.

‘He’s a box-to-box player, more than just a holding midfielder”.

Said Arsene Wenger. Wenger also said the following quotes during the season.

December

“The news we have for Jack is very positive”, said Arsene Wenger. “No [he will not be back sooner], we will respect the delays. I count maybe mid-February for Jack.”

January

“The first news we have had is better than expected,” said Arsene Wenger. “He is not in a boot, but I don’t know more. His morale looks quite good and I hope it will only be a short setback.”

February

“The recovery of his latest problem looks very, very good. His last scan was very positive so we go here cautiously, step by step, because we tried to push him back quicker and we had a setback. This time we have to be very cautious and not go too quick. He can be back before the end of the season, of course,” Arsene Wenger said.

March

“It is difficult to set a deadline on Jack,” said Arsene Wenger. “We go week by week with him. But his last scan was very good so we don’t have worry anymore. It is about progress and fitness; however, I can’t set a date.”

April

“He makes slow progress and at the moment is still in our rehab centre,” said Arsene Wenger. “We take time, we are patient with him. He makes progress, but slow progress.”

May

“His ankle is fine and he makes progress, but it is slow progress,” said Arsene Wenger. “We had a chat about that. His progress is not quick enough to go to the Euros.”

I have missed Jack this season, after enjoying his exploits for the previous season. It was so annoying to see him injured playing for England and then in a pre-season friendly. Then the frustration just grew as month after month of the new season it was a case of would he/wouldn’t he play again this season. In the end it did not transpire and not only did we lose Cesc and Nasri, but Wilshere as well. That’s like Barcelona losing Xavi, Inesta and Custard Cream all in one hit. Any team would be affected by such losses.

We can only hope that the treatment he has undergone with a minor procedure on his left knee in Sweden has been successful.  The only problem is this line from Arsenal

“This procedure is not expected to significantly affect Jack’s return date in the summer”

Where have we heard that before? See quotes above.

If he does recover, then this time it really will be like a new signing. Rooting for you Jack Wilshere.

Trivia

  • He broke the record for the youngest Arsenal player to appear in European football when he came on against Dynamo Kiev on November 25, 2008 aged 16 years and 329 days
  • He has been with Arsenal since he was nine
  • He made his England debut on the same night as Kieran Gibbs
  • If he wasn’t a footballer he would be in the building trade like his dad

Marks out of 10 – (5) for being Jack and Twitter contribution

Please feel free to comment @harlowgooner

One Comment leave one →
  1. Cannon Balls permalink
    May 28, 2012 19:29

    Don’t you have anything better to do with your time? ZZZzzzzzzzzzz…..

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