Jack Wilshere has proven himself this season since recovering from injury and deserves his place in the Arsenal side and Danny Murphy has claimed he’s the best the midfielder has been since coming back into the side.
He wrote in his column for Standard Sport: “This is the best I have seen Jack Wilshere in ages. Against West Ham on Wednesday, he looked somewhere near to the old Jack in terms of committing players, being sharp on the ball, being hard to get off the ball and working hard the other way.
He came on as a sub against Southampton and made a real difference in that game and against West Ham. On Wednesday, he played in a midfield three and the team had better balance.
Jack was the one driving Arsenal forward and, for me, he is a better player than Granit Xhaka. When Jack receives the ball, he goes forward and past people. “
Wilshere is of course fighting not only for his place in the Arsenal side, but also for a new deal at the club and the two will go hand in hand, as the player has explained he won’t be willing to stay at the north London club if they don’t play him more regularly.
However, after his last few performances it seems hard to see how Arsene Wenger is going to keep the fan favourite on the bench – especially if he keeps this up.
Arsenal are currently in the position where they have to try and tie several stars down to new deals, with the Alexis Sanchez / Mesut Ozil situation untenable for the rest of the squad, and Jack Wilshere is not the only player who could leave on a free.
Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey have plenty of time left on their deals yet, but Arsenal are mindful this situation should not be allowed to happen again, and with both players willing to wait and make sure the new contract is right for them, there could well be more uncertainty on the cards for the fans.