Wilshere an English Gem at Arsenal
The media has been castigating Arsene Wenger since he came to England over the lack of English players that have come through the Arsenal ranks during his spell at Arsenal.
In fact during this period both Ashley Cole and Kieran Gibbs have played regularly for Arsenal, in the same period there have been players coming through the ranks at Liverpool, Tottenham or Chelsea and Manchester United have Wes Brown to show for their great English academy.
Anybody who has been following Arsenal and their youth team cannot have failed to notice young Jack Wilshere. Wilshere made eight appearances last season and from what we saw last year we know that this boy will be a phenomenon. It is not just the opinion of the fans, but Fabio Capello was so impressed with Wilshere that he implored Stuart Pearce to pick him for the England under-21 squad. Of course Pearce being the visionary manager that he is said no because Wilshere is not first team regular!
Arsenal fans were disappointed not to see more of Wilshere, in fact towards the end of the season his form had dropped considerably and he was not the star of the Arsenal FA Youth Cup winning team.
Arsene has gone on record to say that he overplayed Wilshere last season and that affected his form. He has made two substitute appearances this season, but he will be primarily restricted to the Carling Cup. Arsene understands that at such a young age, you should not heap added pressure on the player.
Undoubtedly Wilshere has immense talent and we would all love to see him play regularly, but as Wenger pointed out we can see long term burn out if Wilshere is played too often at the moment.
Last night he started in Carling Cup and he treated the pitch as his stage, he performed like a boy with something to prove. He created chances for Arsenal and was always looking for the ball. What you get with Wilshere is a player with great vision but also great drive, despite his diminutive physique he will drive straight past defenders. Too often last night the end result was two defenders scything him down. But Wilshere persevered right to the end.
It is a shame that his appearances outside of the Carling Cup will be rationed this year, more than last year’s, because this is a player that excites the crowd and above all he is one of own.