Arsenal fans will be feverishly scratching the back of their heads to remember the last time they saw Jack Wilshere in a red shirt after boss Arsene Wenger confirmed he is set for a return next month, as reported on the bet365 site.
Wilshere, who came to prominence in the Gunners’ central midfield two seasons ago, has been sidelined for a year with various injuries that may have a serious effect on the youngster’s development.
He will return for an U21 match with West Brom on Monday and despite being out for over 12 months, Wenger has reassured Arsenal fans Wilshere will come back just as good as ever.
“I always thought he would come back,” the boss said. “Wilshere has had ups and downs. He was focused, especially in the last three months.”
Indeed, Wilshere has a lot to live up to after building a strong reputation at the Emirates. He shone in his debut season two years ago and held his own with Cesc Fabregas in the centre of the park, giving the Barcelona midfield a run for their money in Champions League competition.
His talent was evident during a six-month loan spell at Bolton Wanderers and Owen Coyle’s tutelage helped toughen up the lean youngster into the strong and committed 20-year-old Arsenal fans know and love.
When Wilshere joins the first team again he will enter a group of players bang in form; successive 6-1 home victories has put to bed speculation there is a goalscoring problem at the club and punters who bet on football with bet365 are also starting to put faith in the Gunners.
Wilshere will have to fight for a place in the side though. Both Mikael Arteta and Santi Cazorla have taken the Premier League by storm this season, while defensive midfielder Abou Diaby has made his position his own. Where Wilshere will fit in Wenger’s side is a conundrum many managers would love to have, and Arsenal fans can expect a title challenge this season if he avoids further injury.