Jack Wilshere: Not right for the Arsenal setup?

Does Jack Wilshere have a place in the Arsenal side?

Oliver Watkinson
Published 01/05/2013 09:49 by Oliver Watkinson, read by 3,775 people.

Jack Wilshere is the future of English football, possessing the technical ability of a Spanish maestro mixed with a strong build and low centre of gravity, making him the complete midfield package. 

Yet his most important asset is his passion and determination to do well for his team mates. This is what makes him so important for the future of Arsenal and England.

He was sorely missed at Arsenal last season, as they tried to cope with the losses of important players like Fabregas and Nasri, Wilshere was exactly the type of player they needed to stop the decline and lift the fans spirit. Who knows what could have been during the 2011/12 season if he had been fit. 

After being out injured for such a long time much was expected of his return and he didn't disappoint either, showcasing his full range of talents in an hour long cameo against QPR at home. 

Arsene Wenger talked about the need to ease him back into top flight football, but as Arsenal's need for points grew desperate playing him was necessary risk to stop them falling to far behind from the Champions League places. The risk paid off and Arsenal managed to stay in touch with the top four.

After a disappointing defeat to Tottenham it was revealed that Wilshere was suffering the effects of being played so regularly and a recurrence of his ankle injury, would keep out of action for at least a month. Nervous times for Arsenal as the defeat to Tottenham left little room for error and the loss of their talismanic midfielder dented hopes of Qualifcation.

Since the defeat to Tottenham the Gunners have been on their most impressive run of the season and much like last year have made a late dash to close the gap on Chelsea and Tottenham. Players like Rosicky, Ramsey and Koscielny have been impressive in recent weeks, helping stabilise the club and mute the chants for Wenger's head. 

Even Gervinho chipped in with good performances against Reading and West Brom. The return to form of these players added with the genius of Cazorla and the calm attitudes of Arteta and Mertesacker and Arsenal's position looks significantly more healthy than it did before the turn of the year. 

Now Wilshere is returning to full fitness the question is raised as to where he should play and who should make way in his place. Against Manchester United Wenger opted to bring him on in place of Rosicky, much to the surprise of the fans. 

Rosicky's energy and ability to turn at pace had proved effective in the first half and early stages of the second.

He played a delightful through ball to set up Walcott (who was just offside) for the opening goal. The combination of Arteta, Ramsey and Rosicky were doing well to close down and tackle United players, something we're not used to seeing at the Emirates. Wilshere's arrival in the game coincided with the decline of the pace and aggression in the Arsenal side.

Perhaps replacing Ramsey alongside Arteta is the best solution for the team. Ramsey has improved a-lot in recent weeks including a top class performance against Everton. 

His tackling and energy in midfield earning him praise but the occasional wayward ball is still evident in his game a sight you rarely see from Wilshere. 

Where would you include Jack,if at all? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.


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