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Jack Wilshere Deserves Better Than Arsenal But His Heart Belongs to Them

In his post-match press conference (see below) following the Bayern Munich defeat, Jack Wilshere’s face said it all. Heartbroken at the fact he had given everything and his beloved Arsenal still couldn’t live with the Bavarians, all his answers were sensible and routine. He has obviously been very well trained to deal with the media but the emotion which you could see etched on his face was incredible, visibly upset at the way that the Gunners have been outclassed. Everyone knows what a feisty and passionate character he is and that shows through in his performances. His refusal to accept that Arsenal were out of the competition is admirable and confirms the fact he is a fighter.

Throughout this season and especially against Bayern, he looked the only one capable of rising to the big occasion. You can tell that he is desperate for Arsenal to succeed but it just isn’t happening for them. His teammates performances have been inconsistent all season whereas he has shone through as one of their only beacon of light. His bursting runs from midfield and his passing ability have been so consistent in their quality all season. Most Arsenal fans almost begging the 21 year-old to be handed the captaincy based on his ability to lead from the front and galvanise his teammates into producing a performance. However, there was such a gulf in class against Bayern that his outstanding performance was just nowhere near enough. In the game he showed glimpses of his genius, his appreciation of the space around him, his quick passing ability and his lung-busting runs from midfield are exceptional. His return from injury has been one of the only positives for Arsenal this season and who knows where they would be without him in their midfield? There aren’t many midfielders in the Premier League who can live up to his ability and in years to come he is only going to get better. Arsenal are currently paying the price for a significant lack of investment and it is just unfortunate for Wilshere that he is caught up in the problems.

Wilshere is the outstanding English player of his generation and there are bound to be clubs looking at his situation, but you just can’t see him leaving the club. He has been at Arsenal since age nine and obviously loves the club. His relationship runs deeper than for example, Cesc Fabregas or Samir Nasri, due to the fact he has been brought up and developed from such a young age at Arsenal. Wilshere deserves better than to be surrounded by mediocre players and should be in a team that is capable of winning trophies.

If the Gunners continue this poor form and fail to win a trophy for a prolonged period of time, Arsenal fans will be asking themselves, would Wilshere eventually get tired of the lack of success? And as Bayern were, is he too good for Arsenal?

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  1. Pete

    February 22, 2013 at 8:18 am

    He could be the next Gazza. ‘Could’ being the key word. if he stays fit and continues to progress then he has every chance. I would ditch Arsenal and jump ship to one of the manchester clubs.

  2. Hoosiergunner

    February 20, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Jack’s the man. Glad to see him back at it after the injury mess. He’s a workhorse and a player that’s loyal to a team that has been loyal to him (It’s nice to know there’s at least one player with that type of gumption in a sport of mercenaries).

    • Hoosiergunner

      February 20, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      I guess I’d also add that if Wilshere LIKED to lose (or for that matter any professional player liked to lose) I’d be worried. Appropriate and fitting response for an invested player… nothing more.

  3. Dust

    February 20, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Apparently Spurs are a one man team, Wilshire apparently isn’t even good enough for that moniker despite the mediocre players around him… Perhaps he will single handedly put Farcenal into UCL position like bale allegedly has…. Clowns..

  4. Dust

    February 20, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    This is classic English player hype, has jack got potential yes… But he has not proved a damn thing, to Ian’s point perhaps all the mediocre players around him make him look good.

    If he was so amazing why didn’t he dictate play against Bayern like silva, bale, or yaya do when they play against top teir opposition?

    Everyone needs to calm down heaping praise on him… He also needs to remove that dirty side of his game where he kicks and elbows others but gets away with it…anyone else notice that van dirty isn’t as dirty now he isn’t at Farcenal…coincidence? Not likely

    Potential is one thing, it doesn’t mean it will be realised remember all the hype around David Bentley? Ik sure there are many many more.

    • kagawa23

      February 20, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Where was bale against city and chelsea. Silva and toure did nothing against RM. Silva came good in the second half at the etihad but for 3/4 quarters he was invisible

  5. Guy

    February 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I don’t like Arsenal or the Whinger even a teeny bit, but:

    Arsenal are in a battle for a CL spot, not relegation.

    They are on a good run of form in the league. With 12 matches left the 3, 4, and 5 spots could go any way at all.

    Any number of other PL teams would gladly snap up some of those “mediocre” Arsenal players.

    Most of the hand-wringing and finger pointing about Arsene and Arsenal seems to be coming from non-Arsenal fans. What is that all about? Just rank jealousy?

    I don’t need to obsess about Arsenal, their roster or the Whinger. I have enough problems of my own being a Stoke fan. 😉

    • Hoosiergunner

      February 20, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Point well made.

  6. @babakrdaemi

    February 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    He is 20 years old, he olays for one of the countrys most successful teams ever he is made by arsenal and you say he iscto good for us.

    That is one of the most insulting headlines I have ever read.

  7. Oguntuase Amos

    February 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Wilshere himself like others such as Walcott, Ramsey and Carzola were guilty of poor defending yesterday. No matter how important and skillfull a players is, the moment he does not struggle to regain possession after losing it, he is guilty of not working for the team and in the process he puts the defence into a difficult situation. As long as the midfielders and striker like Walcott refuse to help in the defence, Arsenal would be losing matches. Not that the players are not good, but most of them are lazy and some are too slow in their reaction and decision making. Wilshere should aim to develop his football both offensively, defensively, shooting at vantage positions rather than passing and the laying of the final pass accurately before he can announce his arrival. Walcott should stop deceiving himself, he is not a central striker but a winger. He does not have the skill and physique to be a central striker. The difference yesterday was that Bayern players attacked and defended together and worked for one another while our midfielders and Walcott were very lazy, neglected the defence and jugged along when the ought to run as if nothing was at stake. If I were Wenger, I would field young but mobile team in the second leg benching the likes of Ramsey, Vermalen, Metarsacker and starting Rosicky, Gibbs if ok, Coquelin ; Carzola and Walcott to come in the second half with the instruction to play massive attack and massive defence and rush Bayern to make mistakes. A thorough analysis of yesterday’s match shows that Bayern could be beaten by forcing them to concede free kicks and corners.

  8. M Owen

    February 20, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I feel sorry for the lad…only player in the arsenal team yesterday with any heart. unfortunately hes not at the level like StevieG in his prime to change a game single handedly.

    if arsenal don’t make it into top4 this year he will at least give them a year or two to get back into it.

  9. Fernando

    February 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I don’t care how much he loves Arsenal, the minute there is no Champions League football he’s gone.

  10. Dust

    February 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Sure it’s everyone else, its not that jack is overrated and unproven… His heart is with Farcensl…. Sure like Robin Van Dirty? The boyhood Farcenal fan that left to win stuff… If if if if if Wilshire can prove to be a good player at the highest levels like the champions league and against actual premier league quality then he will not stay at Farcenal… He will go because he will want to win… He still hasn’t proven himself yet… A pre injury display against Barca means nothing, Celtic beat Barca and then were destroyed by juve.

    Do something consistently then heap praise on him until then stop with the coronation already.

    • M Owen

      February 20, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      I am not a arsenal fan but the worse arsenal team in years is better than the best lineup spurs can put out. y’all might be able to nick a odd win here and there and call it changing tide but thats about it…sometimes your small club mentality never changes.
      For Spurs playing against likes of Arsenal is like playing in champions league final but for them its just another game played against a mediocre team.

      don’t forget the “mind the gap” comments from your lot last year.

      Wilshere is a wonderful talent who will walk into any team as a starter in the EPL and most of the top teams in the world bar Barcelona and Real.

      • RBP

        February 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm

        “the worse arsenal team in years is better than the best lineup spurs can put out.”

        Let’s take a look at the table, shall we?

        • M Owen

          February 20, 2013 at 3:36 pm

          aye. had to a response from a bitter.
          y’all finished above us one season…congrats, good job.
          you guys got lucky first time but don’t worry the spanking your team’s gonna get when you come to Anfield will make you stop watching football.

          to answer your comment the spurs fans were using the same “Let’s take a look at the table, shall we?” and “mid the gap” agaisnt Arsenal last year…where did they finish?

          • RBP

            February 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm

            Everton has nothing to do with what I was saying. Who’s bitter?

          • COYSUSAD1

            February 20, 2013 at 4:02 pm

            haha liverpool spank spurs this year? have you watched your team play?

      • Dust

        February 20, 2013 at 5:27 pm

        LoL you sound ridiculous… You are a bitter Liverpool fan who is obviously have trouble adjusting to being the second best team on merseyside.

        What are you basing Wilshire being such a phenomenal player on? What has he done? Who of any note has he played well against since Barca ?

        Y’all…. Excellent !

        Thanks Y’all… Bitter bitter bitter

        • M Owen

          February 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm

          Same basis as how you base bale as the new Ronaldo lol

          • Dust

            February 20, 2013 at 10:00 pm

            Quite the opposite, I have said bale still has to prove that he can be as good as Ronaldo. Perhaps you are mistaking me for someone else.

    • kagawa23

      February 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      He played brilliantly against the 2nd best team in the world in bayern to say he has to prove himself is absurd. Hes been great in nearly every game hes played in. He played the thru ball to bendner against barca 2 years ago. Who has bale proved himself against fool? Dont say utd cos you only beat us bcos scholes and giggs played.

      • Dust

        February 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm

        LoL… Wait so you are saying that Wilshire has proved himself but bale hasn’t…


        Wilshire played a ball through for a goal against Barca…. Good one… He hardly proved himself against the alleged 2nd best team in the world in Bayern Munich… As they were absolutely destroyed …. It wasn’t even close the Farcenal midfield was non existent….

        What has bale done? Absolutely hilarious statement

        • kagawa23

          February 20, 2013 at 9:49 pm

          He will never be as good as ronaldo. How much goals has he scored against utd city chelsea arsenal and everton then? Hes never goonna gonna win the Balon dor. Hes not even better them mata so dont even put bale in cr7s class.This is to ur previous comments about bale being the next big thing. Bale only has a left foot and is easily nullified. Match him with a fullback with pace and it will show you that he cant beat a FB with skill. Ovverhyped player. What does bale habe over reus of bvb or even pedro of barca nothing. He has english press to big him up. He won POTY bcos of a hattrick against inter. Wilshere was great yesterday he didnt hv a team to help him ouut. Heee nut megged alaba i thnk and wud hv went thru but neure read it. He played well against barca and bayern a few barca players even credited his evident talent and work ethic. I can tellyou this there are ,much better

          • kagawa23

            February 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm

            Players than bale at LW in europe

          • Dust

            February 20, 2013 at 10:02 pm

            lol… I have never said bale is as good as Ronaldo… You are spouting absolute rubbish.

  11. IanCransonsKnees

    February 20, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    All that mediocrity surrounding him might be making him look good?

  12. p

    February 20, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I disagree he’s surrounded by mediocrity. The depth is not enough, Monreal replacing Santos is representative of the moves Arsenal will need to make in the off-season, 2/3/4 under-performing squad players exchanged for upgrades. There are worse situations for a recently-turned 21 year old than to be starring with Cazorla, Arteta, Podolski, Giroud, Walcott etc.

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