'Shere Willpower': Why Arsenal's Jack Wilshere deserves more playing time
Jack Wilshere first stepped into the spotlight a decade ago. His charisma and talent on the ball awed English football, drawing a lot of attention to the young lad. Arsenal have Wilshere fit and back in form now but the addition of numerous star players to the team hasn't been easy on Wilshere's footballing aspirations.
Given the doubt over Mesut Özil's long term future as an Arsenal player, this might be the best time for the 25-year-old to once again prove what he can offer to the Gunners midfield. Moving about effortlessly on and off the ball, it looks as though the little play time Wenger offered this season has paid off.
Having started 10 matches in total since the start of the 2017/18 season, starting only the past three Premier League games, Wilshere's efforts seem to be paying off. The young midfielder took the opportunity to exhibit his fluid passing skills and tactical awareness, gracing the pitch with the energy and enthusiasm he has always been associated with.
For the first time in a long time, Wilshere has the perfect chance to prove that he is here to make some noise. Creatively accessing and showcasing the deep-lying playmaker flair is something that Wilshere has grown with at Arsenal and showcased frequently over the past few years.
A few bad knocks have been a concern for the young midfielder, but he has come back stronger than ever now - determined to contend for a spot among the Three Lions squad in the upcoming World Cup.
Gunning for gratification?
Arsenal have been flitting in and out of the top four for the past two seasons, taking on the Europa League challenge this season. This is not the legacy that Arsene Wenger is desperately trying to defend since 1996. There exists a huge chasm between Arsenal and the leading clubs - in England and Europe - that has been exacerbated by the lack of silverware.
Although Arsenal currently stand fifth in the Premier League, the season's hopes need desperate renewal among a generation of followers who never expected their beloved team to be pushed out of the top four and the Champions League.
This is not a reflection of any single encounter as much as it is a reflection of the Arsenal team morale dipping despite FA Cup success over the past few seasons.
Many would argue that Wilshere's positive performances this season hold the key to this miracle. The absence of Santi Cazorla has been reflected in Arsenal's midfield strength, adding more value to Wilshere's roaring performances.
Compared to Granit Xhaka and Francis Coquelin, Wilshere has been performing considerably better; coming on as a super sub or playing the whole 90 minutes. It is his special eye for space and ability to make the right passes in tight spaces that puts him ahead in the past few games.
'Shere will power' - as the banner at the Emirates reads - truly describes this young lad with a bright future ahead of him. It only takes the right games to re-inject his unique style into the Arsenal crest.
Wilshere is a force to reckon with in the Arsenal squad. With Aaron Ramsey and Ozil complementing each others' abilities on the field, he would fit right in. Arsene knows and Arsene sees.
Is the England team going to regret leaving Wilshere out of their side for the upcoming World Cup? Only time will tell, provided Wilshere is given the time to weave his tale further into the Arsenal legacy.
Prepping for the next few games could as serve a platform for the footballer to show off his skills and bag the tag with 'Shere Will Power' provided that he is selected once again.
With one goal and two assists so far, gunning towards the 2018 World Cup is a long and winding road for Wilshere - a task he seems to have made a priority with exciting energy and his enthralling skills. Surely, his eyes are firmly on more silverware.